Queen appoints Princess Anne as Grand Master of the Royal Victorian Order


Blackleaf
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Queen honours Princess Anne
By staff and agencies

20/04/2007

The Princess Royal has been appointed Grand Master of the Royal Victorian Order (RVO) by the Queen, Buckingham Palace has said.


The Queen Mother held the position before Princess Anne


Anne, the monarch's eldest and only daughter, is following in the footsteps of her grandmother the Queen Mother.

The position has been vacant for five years since the death of the royal matriarch in 2002.

The Order was founded by Queen Victoria more than 100 years ago in 1896 to reward those who had served her personally.

Its honours are bestowed independently of Downing Street as a personal gift of the Queen.

Recipients often include Palace servants.

The monarch is the Sovereign of the order of chivalry and its next most senior member is the Grand Master.

A service for RVO members takes place in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, today, followed by a reception in the state apartments.


The Royal Victorian Order is an order of chivalry that was established by Queen Victoria on 21 April 1896 . The Order includes five classes, in order of seniority:
  1. Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GCVO)
  2. Knight Commander or Dame Commander (KCVO or DCVO)
  3. Commander (CVO)
  4. Lieutenant (LVO)
  5. Member (MVO)
Membership is conferred on those who performed personal service for the Sovereign. People are appointed to the Order rather than awarded it.

The Order's day is 20 June , the date of Queen Victoria's accession. The motto is Victoria. The Order is the second-most junior order of chivalry in the British honours system (in terms of both age and precedence), senior only to The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire . The Order is the fourth-most senior order in the Canadian honours system , senior only to the Order of St. John .

telegraph.co.uk
 
Pangloss
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My goodness but this is useless information.

Pangloss
 
#juan
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While I am not anti-royal, I see this as just a bit of shameless nepotism. What are Anne's qualifications other than an accident of birth.
 
Libra Girl
#4
Quote: Originally Posted by #juan View Post

While I am not anti-royal, I see this as just a bit of shameless nepotism. What are Anne's qualifications other than an accident of birth.

And nepotism rules, in their circles...
 
I think not
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

The Order was founded by Queen Victoria more than 100 years ago in 1896 to reward those who had served her personally.

Big surprise there.