The Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George


  • Order founded on 28 April 1818 by George, Prince Regent.
  • Order 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.
  • Order awarded in three classes: Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GCMG), Knight Commander (KCMG) or Dame Commander (DCMG) and Companion (CMG).
  • Collar was introduced in 1832 and is worn by Knights or Dames Grand Crosses on formal occasions along with a mantle.
  • Companion badge awarded in two variations. I type - with integral suspension loop, with wide gold suspension bar and gold ribbon buckle (from 1815-1917). II type - with neck ribbon for man, women wear the badge on a bow (1917-date).

Orders of Knighthood