Royal Family Order of George IV
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Awarded by King George IV
TypeRoyal Family Order
Awarded forAt the monarch's pleasure
StatusNot awarded since the death of George IV
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Ribbon of the Order

The Royal Family Order of George IV was an honour bestowed as a mark of personal esteem on female members of the British royal family by King George IV. It was the first Royal Family Order issued in the United Kingdom. Prior to George IV's accession in 1820, both ladies and gentlemen of the Court, as well as female members of the royal family, had worn the Sovereign's portrait set in a jewelled frame. George IV formalised the order.[1]


King George IV's Royal Family Order was rather ornate in appearance, and the frame that surrounded his portrait was of diamond oak leaves and acorns. The badge was suspended from a white silk bow.

List of known recipients

See also


  1. ^ "Royal Family Orders". Royal Household. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Family Order of King George IV, Badge, Originally belonged to Charlotte, Queen of Württemberg". Royal Collection Trust. Inventory no. 441442.
  3. ^ "Family Order of King George IV. Badge. Originally belonged to Princess Augusta, Duchess of Cambridge". Royal Collection Trust. Inventory no. 441443.
  4. ^ Risk, James; Pownall, Henry; Stanley, David; Tamplin, John; Martin, Stanley (2001). Royal Service. Vol. 2. Lingfield: Third Millennium Publishing/Victorian Publishing. pp. 16–19.
  5. ^ "Family order of King George IV. Badge. Belonged to Grand Duchess Augusta of Mecklenburg-Strelitz". Royal Collection Trust. Inventory no. 441444.
  6. ^ Creston, Dormer (1952). The youthful Queen Victoria. Internet Archive. New York: Putnam. p. 112.