The Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George
The Statutes of the Order is attached for your perusal (link to follow)
The Gazette, which is the UK’s Officers Public Record and the oldest continuously published newspaper, is the place where the announcement of your award was first formally made. Information regarding purchasing copies of your record can be obtained via this link
There are a range of items that the Officers have approved for sale by various companies to members of the Order:
• The emblem of the Order available from Toye, Kenning and Spencer for members to wear as a pin in everyday life.
• An enamelled pillbox available from Halcyon Days via this link
It should be stressed that the items included in this brochure are the only ones which have the formal approval of the Officers of the Order. Items can be purchased via this link
Reverend Canon Professor Peter Galloway’s interesting account of the Order and its development in his book on the history of the Order. It is available from the Central Chancery at the price of £15 . please click here.
The Officers of the Order are keen that new members should try to attend our various events:
• Ceremonial Service. A Ceremonial Service (normally every 4 years) in St Paul’s Cathedral, there is normally a reception in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office the night before.
• Evensong and Reception. An Evensong and Reception is held annually in St Paul’s Cathedral in September in years when there is not a Ceremonial Service.
• Lecture and Reception. A Lecture and Reception is held annually in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, in June in years when there is not a Ceremonial Service.
The Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral have agreed that members of the Order may have the following Services in the Cathedral:
• Marriage of a member of the Order or of the son or daughter of a member;
• Baptism of a child or grandchild of a member;
• and a Memorial Service for a member of the Order.
All take place according to the rites of the Church of England. Step-children and step-grandchildren will be treated as children and grandchildren, for as long as their parent is married to a member of the Order. If you wish to arrange a Service you should, in the first instance, contact the Deputy Secretary of the Order at the below address, who will refer you to the relevant person at the Cathedral. The Cathedral authorities will advise you whether the Chapel of Saint Michael and Saint George or the Chapel of St. Faith’s in the Crypt will be the better place for your event Members and Medallists of the Order are entitled to use the Chapel as follows:
For all the above, application must be made in writing by the award holder to: The Deputy Secretary of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, St. James’s Palace, London, SW1A 1BH. or email mailto: email@example.com
The Chapel of the Order of the British Empire has been used and visited by many thousands of people over the years. The daily upkeep and maintenance of the Chapel is provided by the very generous support of members of the Order.The Chapel Fund covers the day to day expenditure which does not, as you will appreciate, cover the cost of maintaining the Chapel and running the Services of the Order. Any donations are greatly received. In most cases, the Chapel Fund will be able to reclaim the standard rate of tax on your gift from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs should you complete a Gift Aid Declaration. This will increase the value of your gift to the Fund. If you would like to make a donation the Chapel Fund please complete the attached,click here
If you hold an appointment in the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George and would like to update your details, (link to follow)
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The Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood
St James's Palace