Royal Victorian Order

The Royal Victorian Order (French: Ordre royal de Victoria)[lower-alpha 1] is a dynastic order of knighthood established in 1896 by Queen Victoria. It recognises distinguished personal service to the monarch of the Commonwealth realms,[1] members of the monarch's family, or to any viceroy or senior representative of the monarch.[2][3] The present monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, is the sovereign of the order, the order's motto is Victoria, and its official day is 20 June.[lower-alpha 2] The order's chapel is the Savoy Chapel in London.

Royal Victorian Order
Breast Star of Knights/Dames Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
Awarded by the monarch of the United Kingdom and the Dominions (1896–1952), Commonwealth realms (since 1952)
TypeDynastic order
Established21 April 1896
MottoVictoria
EligibilityAll living citizens of the Commonwealth realms
Awarded forPersonal service to the sovereign
StatusCurrently constituted
FounderVictoria
SovereignElizabeth II
Grand MasterAnne, Princess Royal
ChancellorThe Lord Parker of Minsmere
Grades
  • Knight/Dame Grand Cross (GCVO)
  • Knight/Dame Commander (KCVO/DCVO)
  • Commander (CVO)
  • Lieutenant (LVO)
  • Member (MVO)

Ribbon of an ordinary member of the order

Ribbon of an honorary member of the order

There is no limit on the number of individuals honoured at any grade,[1] and admission remains at the sole discretion of the monarch,[1] with each of the order's five grades and one medal with three levels representing different levels of service. While all those honoured may use the prescribed styles of the order—the top two grades grant titles of knighthood, and all grades accord distinct post-nominal letters—the Royal Victorian Order's precedence amongst other honours differs from realm to realm and admission to some grades may be barred to citizens of those realms by government policy.