Her Majesty The Queen will attend a Service of Commemoration and Dedication, marking the 200th Anniversary of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George at St Paul’s Cathedral
Thursday 28th June
Her Majesty The Queen, Sovereign of the Order, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent, Grand Master, will attend a service marking the 200th Anniversary of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George, at St. Paul’s Cathedral, on the 28th June.
The Order of St Michael and St George is one of the orders of chivalry from which honours are granted by The Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister each year.
The Order was founded by The Prince Regent, later King George IV, in 1818 to commemorate the Ionian Islands being placed under British protection and Malta being placed under British Sovereignty. Originally the Order was used to recognise meritorious service to these islands. In 1879 the Order was expanded and is now used to honour distinguished services in connection with foreign affairs and service overseas.
The Chapel of the Order of St Michael and St George is housed at St Paul’s Cathedral and was formally dedicated in 1906. The Knights and Dames Grand Cross display their banners of arms in the Chapel.