::Order of St Michael and St George


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Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George

Order -


Auspicium Melioris Ævi
Token of a Better Age -

Awarded for

At the monarch's pleasure -


Currently constituted -


Queen Elizabeth II -

Grades (w/ post-nominals)

Knight/Dame Grand Cross (GCMG)
Knight/Dame Commander (KCMG/DCMG)
Companion (CMG) -


28 April 1818 -

colspan=2 style="background-color: #c0c0c0; text-align: center" Precedence


Next (higher)

Order of the Star of India -

Next (lower)

Order of the Indian Empire -

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The Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George is a British order of chivalry founded on 28 April 1818 by George, Prince Regent, later King George IV,<ref name="duckers">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref><ref name="royalgov">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> while he was acting as Prince Regent for his father, King George III.

It is named in honour of two military saints, St Michael and St George.

The Order of St Michael and St George was originally awarded to those holding commands or high position in the Mediterranean territories acquired in the Napoleonic Wars, and was subsequently extended to holders of similar office or position in other territories of the British Empire.<ref name="royalgov" /> It is at present awarded to men and women who hold high office or who render extraordinary or important non-military service in a foreign country, and can also be conferred for important or loyal service in relation to foreign and Commonwealth affairs.<ref name="royalgov" />

Order of St Michael and St George sections
Intro   Description    History   Composition  Habit and insignia  Chapel  Precedence and privileges  Popular references  Current Knights and Dames Grand Cross  See also  References  External links  

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