Order of St. Michael and St. George Evensong and Reception

Order of St. Michael and St. George Evensong and Reception

27th September 2017
5:00pm onwards


Members of the Britain-Australia Society and their guests have been invited to apply for tickets to a Service for the Order of St. Michael and St. George. The Service, which will take the form of a Special Evensong, will be held at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Wednesday 27 September 2017, at 5:00pm.

Members may apply for as many tickets as they wish and are particularly encouraged to invite as many people as possible. 

Tickets to Evensong are free but you must register to attend. 

A Reception will be held immediately following the Special Evensong, in the Crypt of St. Paul’s Cathedral. The Reception will last for about one hour, during which drinks only, will be served.  Admission to the Reception will be by prepaid ticket only at a cost of £15.00 per head

Requests for Evensong and Reception tickets must be directly to The Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood by completing this online form by no later than Wednesday 16 August 2017.

Tickets to the Evensong are free, however you must still register. Tickets to the Reception are £15.00 per head payable in advance.


The History of The Order of St. Michael and St. George

Originally bestowed solely upon those in high positions in the Mediterranean, the Order of St Michael and St George now recognises service in a foreign country, or in relation to foreign and Commonwealth affairs, for example the work of foreign-service officers and diplomats.

When the Ionian Islands, now part of Greece, had been placed under British protection, the Prince Regent (later George IV) instituted the Order in 1818 to recognise distinguished citizens of the islands, and of Malta. The islands were of importance to Britain as they made strategic locations for military bases. 

Towards the end of the nineteenth century the Order was expanded to reward distinguished service in British territories, as well as more generally in foreign affairs.

The Order now consists of the Sovereign, the Grand Master (currently The Duke of Kent), 125 Knights and Dames Grand Cross, 375 Knights and Dames Commander, and 1750 Companions. The Badge of the Order depicts St George fighting the dragon on one side, and the archangel St Michael trampling Satan on the other. 

The Knights and Dames Grand Cross display their banners of arms in the Chapel of the Order, which is in St Paul’s Cathedral. When they meet together for a service every few years, the Knights and Dames wear blue satin gowns lined with scarlet silk.

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The organisations shown have all committed to supporting this year’s events. Many thanks to them.

Commonwealth Bank Australia, CPA AustraliaEtihadCA ANZ,
Godiva ChocolatierTait Memorial Trust and Vestey Foods Group.