The Most Noble Order of the Garter
The robes of the Order are magnificent. They feature the Blue Garter and Garter Mantle. Fashioned from deep blue silk velvet lined with white silk taffeta, a hand embroidered gold badge on the left breast displays the cross of St. George, encircled by the motto: “Honi soit qui mal y pense” ‘Dishonoured be he who thinks evil of it’.
A crimson silk velvet hood drapes over the right shoulder. Gold and blue embroidered cordons seal the Mantle at the front.
The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle
The Most Honourable order of the Bath
Becoming a knight during medieval time was rite of passage. In preparation for his investiture a would-be knight would take a bath and hold a solitary vigil in silent prayer: cleansing both body and soul. From this comes the title for the Order of the Bath.
During the 18th century it became the highest military honour, prized by all who received it, including Lord Nelson and the Duke of Wellington.
The Order has three classes: Knights Grand Cross, Knights Commander, and Companions. Each class has a military and civil division.
The Order’s emblem is three gold crowns within a circle surrounded by the motto, “Tria Juncta in Uno” ‘Three joined in one’.
The mantles are crimson silk satin lined with white silk taffeta. A silver and gold hand embroidered badge on the left breast bears the Order's emblem and motto. The mantles are hoodless and closed at the neck using cloth cordons with crimson and gold tassels. The collars are attached to the mantle with white silk bows on the shoulder.
The Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George
The Royal Victorian Order
Instituted by Her Majesty Queen Victoria in 1896, the Sovereign awards this Order for personal service.
Since its foundation, Ede & Ravenscroft has made mantles of dark blue silk satin edged with red silk satin and lined with white taffeta.
On the left breast sits a hand-embroidered gold and silver badge with the emblem of a white eight-pointed Maltese Cross and Queen Victoria’s royal monograph at the centre. Its motto reads, “Victoria”. A hood is attached to the right shoulder. The mantle closes at the front with blue and gold embroidered cordons. The gold collar is attached with white silk satin shoulder bows.
The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire