The Order of St John, Knight/ Dame of Grace Breast Star (with gold)
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The Order of St. John, formerly known of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem, was constituted by Queen Victoria by Royal Charter on May 14, 1888. Membership of the Order is open to suitable candidates of any Christian faith who demonstrate the tenants of the Order by acting to prevent and relieve sickness and injury as well as to enhance the health and well-being of people anywhere in the world. The Order is conferred in 5 grades. Members are most often admitted at lower grades and later promoted to higher grades in recognition of dutiful service and good deeds. Membership of the Order is also limited to 35 000 members. There may be additional grades associated with the Order.
For all members of the Order, when the ribbon is worn alone a small silver Maltese cross is worn on the ribbon.
Knight/ Dames of Justice and Knights/Dames of Grace hold the same rank within the Order. Members of the Knight/Dame of Grace are entitled to use the post-nominal letters "KStJ" or "DStJ" within the organization.
The Knight/Dame of Grace Cross features lion and unicorn embellishments.
There are multiple versions of the Breast Star which vary by composition. There may be additional versions not featured here.
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