Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood

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The Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood, or simply the Central Chancery, is an office of the Lord Chamberlain’s department within the Royal Household of the Sovereign of the United Kingdom. It is responsible for the administration of orders of chivalry and some aspects of honours in general. It does not deal with nominations or decisions on appointments, but rather administers the appointment procedures and investitures, and provides the insignia. It is a small office, with eight staff in 2019. [1]

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History and duties

The office was established by King Edward VII in April 1904 [2] in response to the recommendations of a committee set up in 1902 to consider changes to the administration of the honours system. The new office replaced the ad hoc arrangements which had evolved over time. [1] The Central Chancery is headed by a Secretary, who is assisted by an Assistant Secretary. [3]

Since 1991, the Secretary of the Central Chancery has been the same individual who serves as Assistant Comptroller to the Lord Chamberlain's Office, and currently serves ex-officio as the registrar of the Royal Victorian Order [4] [5] and of the Order of the British Empire. [6]

Since 1931, the office has been held by retired and active duty officers of the Armed Forces.

The current secretary, Lt.Col. Stephen Segrave, took part in the Royal Procession at the 2023 Coronation, leading the contingent representing orders of chivalry and gallantry award holders. [7]

List of secretaries

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References

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  2. "No. 27663". The London Gazette . 1 April 1904. p. 2113.
  3. "No. 62008". The London Gazette . 27 July 2017. p. 14398.
  4. "No. 32781". The London Gazette . 29 December 1922. p. 9160.
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