31 October 2012

The Royal Family Orders of King George V and King George VI

The Royal Family Orders of King George V (left) and King George VI (right)
King George IV started a practice in the British royal family which continues today: the awarding of family orders. These are diamond-set portraits of the monarch suspended from a silk bow (the color varying by reign), and they are today given to female royal family members of the sovereign's choosing as a personal gift. The Queen was first given her grandfather George V's order, set on pale blue silk, followed by her father George VI's, on pink silk, and she wears them both today. (A royal lady can wear all the family orders she has at once.) The orders are positioned on the left shoulder.
They are worn for the most formal events, and can often be seen on The Queen when she's at a tiara event (although they have been seen less in recent years). Other family members wear The Queen's own order, and certain other royal families have similar practices. Read more at Order of Splendor.

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Photos: Royal Collection