While being interested within the British Royal Family over many years I all the time questioned concerning the ribbon “badges” worn with miniature portraits pinned to the night gowns of the female members of the Royal Family. So, I set about researching the history and custom of the British Royal Family Orders.
The Royal Family Orders are typically given by the British sovereign to the female members of the Royal Family and are thought-about a personal item somewhat than the state commemorative medals worn by the male members of the Royal Family. The Order is adorned with a miniature portrait of the sovereign which is suspended from a ribbon bow and on the reverse aspect of the portrait frame there’s an engraving of the sovereign’s monogram. All through the years the colour of the ribbon has been modified with each sovereign choosing their own distinctive colour.
The Order is typically worn on the left aspect of the woman’s evening robe however there was the occasional exception to this rule. If the woman has acquired greater than one of the Royal Family Orders from numerous sovereigns the Orders are worn layered with the newest one on the highest. Within the photograph under on the left exhibits the Queen Mother sporting the Order of her daughter, Queen Elizabeth II, on the top and the Order of her husband, King George VI, on bottom. The photograph on the fitting exhibits Queen Elizabeth sporting the Order of her father, King George VI, on the top and the Order of her grandfather, King George V, on the bottom. (Special Notice: A female sovereign, reminiscent of Queen Elizabeth, does not wear their own Royal Family Order)
Historical Word: It appears that evidently Queen Mary was one of the crucial honored ladies of the Royal Family having receiving 5 Royal Family Orders. The Orders got by Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, King George V, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II. The last Order she acquired was to her given in December 1952 which was after her grand-daughter, Queen Elizabeth’s accession but earlier than her coronation. Sadly, Queen Mary didn’t stay to see the coronation and died a couple of months before in March 1953. In the photograph under, Queen Mary is seeing sporting two of her Royal Family Orders.
A History of the Royal Family Orders
Listed under are the Royal Family Orders beginning with King George IV to the current Queen Elizabeth II. There shall be a quick description of every Royal Family Order issued by the sovereign and a partial record of recipients during their reign. (Particular Word: There was no Royal Family Order issued for King Edward VIII who abdicated in 1936 less than a yr after his accession to the throne and prior to his coronation)
Royal Family Order of King George IV
Throughout Prince George’s regency as the result of the madness of his father King George III, the Prince is famous to on special events give his personal badge of honor as a memento to the gentlemen and women of the courtroom. After the dying of his farther and his accession to the throne as King George IV he reserved the consideration of the first official Royal Family Order to be given solely to feminine members of the Royal Family. Hooked up to a white silk bow was a miniature portrait set in a gold and silver body adorned with diamond oak leaves and acorns with a diamond embellished crown on the prime of the frame (as shown within the photograph under, the best photograph exhibits the reverse aspect of the portrait frame). A few of the recipients of the Royal Family Order of King George IV included his sister Queen Charlotte of Wurttemberg, his sister-in-law Princess Augusta the Duchess of Cambridge and his niece Princess Victoria of Kent who was later to turn into Queen Victoria.
King William IV
In the course of the reign of King William IV he did not create a proper Royal Family Order however as an alternative issued a set of square jeweled buckles featuring the topped monograms of King William and Queen Adelaide, as proven in the photograph under.
Throughout Queen Victoria reign, her Royal Badge was initially given as her personal honor to her eldest daughter Princess Victoria on the solemn event of her affirmation marking her spiritual commitment and most notably her status as a younger grownup. Within the following years Queen Victoria bestowed the badges on her different daughters additionally at the time of their confirmations.
Then after the dying of her beloved husband Prince Albert, the Queen determined to formally create the Order of Victoria & Albert as one other one among her numerous methods of honoring the Prince. In contrast to the opposite Royal Family Orders, the Order of Victoria & Albert was divided into four courses, the primary being given her daughters and later her daughters-in-law and grand-daughters with subsequent courses issued to different members of the Royal Family and the Royal Household together with honored servants and couriers.
The Order of Victoria & Albert was established in 1862 and options an ivory colored cameo of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert set in brown onyx with a silver gilt frame accented with diamonds, rubies and emeralds with a diamond embellished crown at the prime of the frame which was hooked up to a white silk bow , as shown within the photograph under on the left. Lesser class badges have been adorned with pearls as an alternative of diamonds. (Special Word: The second and the third pictures under present Queen Victoria’s personal badge with the profiles set in reverse order with Prince Albert within the entrance and the Queen behind)
Historical Word: Each Princess Alexandra, Queen Victoria’s daughter-in-law (later to turn into Queen Alexandra in 1863) and Princess Might of Teck (later to turn out to be Queen Mary in 1893) wore their Order of Victoria & Albert badges on their wedding ceremony days to the longer term Kings of England.
King Edward VII
The Royal Family Order of King Edward VII was established in 1901 and contains a diamond surrounded miniature portrait of King Edward painted on enamel with a diamond embellished crown at the prime of the frame, this might set a priority for future orders which would be created in this type with a single portrait of the sovereign painted on enamel. The King Edward portrait body is hooked up to a bow in blue, yellow and purple stripes which have been coincidentally used as King Edward’s horse racing colors, the order is shown in the photograph under. The King’s wife Queen Alexandra, his sisters, daughters and daughter-in-law have been recipients of King Edward’s Royal Family Orders.
King George V
The Royal Family Order of King George V was established in 1910 and contains a miniature portrait of the King painted on enamel surrounded by diamonds with a diamond embellished crown on the prime of the frame which is hooked up to white silk bow. The recipients of the Order embrace the King’s wife Queen Mary, his daughter-in-law Princess Alice the Duchess of Gloucester and his two grand-daughters, Princess Elizabeth (later to grow to be Queen Elizabeth II) and Princess Margaret.
King George VI
The Royal Family Order of King George VI was established in 1936 and includes a miniature enameled portrait of the King surrounded by diamonds with a diamond embellished crown at the prime of the frame which is hooked up to a rose pink bow. The recipients of the Order embrace the King’s spouse Queen Elizabeth (later referred to as the Queen Mother) and their eldest daughter Princess Elizabeth (later to grow to be Queen Elizabeth II) and their youngest daughter Princess Margaret (later generally known as the Countess of Snowdon).
Queen Elizabeth II
The Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II was established in 1952 encompasses a miniature enameled portrait of the young queen surrounded by diamonds with a diamond embellished crown at the prime of the frame which is hooked up to a chartreuse yellow bow. The reverse aspect of the Order has the Queen Royal cipher and St. Edward’s Crown in gold and enamel.
(Particular Notice: The portrait of Queen Elizabeth used for the Royal Family Order is the 1952 portray by Dorothy Wilding)
The Queen Elizabeth’s Royal Family Order recipients is the longest record and consists of Queen Mary (her grandmother), Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret (her sister) and Princess Diana (her daughter-in-law) who’re all deceased. Proven within the photographs under are Princess Margaret on the left sporting three of the Royal Family Orders (King George VI, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth) and Princess Diana on the correct sporting the Queen’s Order.
Present recipients embrace Princess Anne (her daughter) and her daughters-in-law Sophie the Duchess of Wessex and Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall. Three Royals are proven sporting the Order in the photographs under.
To finish this publish, there was long run speculation as to when Katherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, would obtain Queen Elizabeth II Royal Family Order. In past years most brides marrying into the Royal Family have acquired the Order inside 5 years after the marriage, these occasions are all rumour because the Order is a private honor bestowed by the sovereign and there is no official press announcement. The first indication is when the recipient wears the Order at a public perform, similar to a State Banquet. Up to now this has not occurred for the Duchess of Cambridge and we’ll proceed to wait in anticipation.
UPDATE: The Duchess of Cambridge was reported to have acquired the Royal Family Order in December 2017 and wore it for the primary time at a Diplomatic Corps Reception that yr. Proven under is a photograph of the Duchess sporting the Royal Family Order in September 2018 on the State Banquet for King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. Additionally it is fascinating to note that the Duchess requested that her Royal Family Order be made from glass as an alternative of ivory as a result of her husband, Prince William, has is a Royal Patron of Tusk which is dedicated to the survival of African endangered wildlife.