The Imperial Order of the Crown of India, Companion (with silver-gilt)
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The Imperial Order of the Crown of India was established by Queen Victoria in 1878 in commemoration of her ascension as Empress of India. It was considered a companion order to The Most Exalted Order of the Star of India and The Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire, as it was the only Indian Empire order that was conferred exclusively upon women. The Order has never been officially abolished, but no appointments have been made since India gained independence in 1947.
The Order was conferred in a single class upon wives and female relatives of Indian princes and high ranking Indian officials. It was also conferred upon women of the British Royal Family. Members were entitled to use the post-nominal letters CI.
The obverse features the imperial cypher of Queen Victoria with initials that stand for “Victoria Regina Imperatrix” (Victoria, Queen, Empress).
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