The origins of the Order

Original foundation document

Our past Grand Master

Members' resources

Joining the Order

About St George

The neck jewel and Knight Commander's breast star of the Order of St. George

The symbols and ranks of the Order

The neck decoration of the Order of St George is a cross flory bearing an oval panel depicting the mounted figure of St George slaying the dragon, which is suspended from the Holy Crown of St Stephen of Hungary (distinguished by its shape and the tilted cross which surmounts it).

The Holy Crown of St Stephen is the national symbol of Hungary – the President, ministers of state and officers of the armed forces all take their oath of allegiance to it. In the sixteenth century, when he was Grand Master, Pope Paul III added the image of this crown to the insignia of then Order of St. George. Today, the insignia of The Order Valiant of Saint George incorporates the Crown of St. Stephen, surmounting a cross centred with a depiction of St. George. 

Ranks within the Order of St. George

There are four ranks (grades) within the Order:

  • Officer
  • Knight/Dame
  • Knight/Dame Commander
  • Grand Cross

There are also cadet grades for members under 21, and the honorary grade of Companion.

Officer grade is our standard ‘entry level’ membership. Officers are not required to be formally invested into the Order, although they are encouraged to attend our Investiture service (see below) where they will be formally welcomed into the Order.

Knights/Dames are formally invested into the Order at an investiture ceremony, held at a consecrated building. Promotion from Officer to Knight/Dame, and to the higher ranks of the Order, is not automatic but will be awarded in recognition of a member’s contribution to the work of the Order and/or to other good works.

Each grade within the Order has its own regalia:

  • Officer - Neck jewel with black ribbon
  • Knight/Dame - Neck jewel with blue ribbon; mantle (cape)
  • Knight/Dame Commander - Neck jewel with red ribbon; mantle (cape); breast star
  • Grand Cross - Neck jewel with purple ribbon; mantle (cape); breast star; sash

The ancient crown of St. Stephen.