The Royal Victorian Order, Grand Cross Breast Star

SKU: 01.GBR.0112.104.01

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  • Grand Cross Breast Star Obverse
  • Grand Cross Breast Star Reverse
  • Grand Cross Breast Star Reverse Detail

Attributes

  • country
    Great Britain
  • date of institution
    April 21, 1986
  • makers
    Collingwood, London
  • remarks
    The Royal Victorian Chain is often associated with the Royal Victorian Order but it is not an official grade of the Order. All badges and stars should be numbered. Honorary awards are unnumbered.

History


The Royal Victorian Order was established by Queen Victoria in 1896 as a personal gift that could be conferred without approval from ministers. The British Sovereign is the head of the Order who appoints a Grand Master- normally a member of the British Royal Family.

The Order is conferred in recognition of meritorious service to the Sovereign or other members of the Royal Family. Foreigners may be admitted to the Order, and women have been admitted since 1936. There are no limitations on membership.

Members of the first class are entitled to use the post-nominal letters GCVO, members of the second class are entitled to use the post-nominal letters KCVO or DCVO, members of the third class are entitled to use the post-nominal letters CVO, members of the fourth class are entitled to use the post-nominal letters LVO, and Members are entitled to use the post-nominal letters MVO. Recipients of the Medal are entitled to use the post-nominal letters RVM. Members of the first and second classes are also entitled to use the formal title “Knight” or “Dame.”

The motto of the Order is “VICTORIA.”

The Grand Cross Breast Star is worn by Knights and Dames Grand Cross on less formal occasions with a sash and Grand Cross. The obverse features the imperial cypher of Queen Victoria with initials that stand for “Victoria Regina Imperatrix” (Victoria, Queen, Empress).

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Versions

  • Price

    $900 USD

  • Composition

    Silver/Silver-gilt/Gold/Enamelled

  • Inscription

    Obv: VICTORIA Rev: [SERIAL NUMBER]

  • Size

    90mm

  • Maker

    Collingwood, London

  • Version Remarks

    The value is higher if the insignia is attributed.

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