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Portrait of Queen Victoria at her Golden Jubilee, wearing the Sovereign's badge of the Order.
The German Empress Victoria wearing the Order, along with the Prussian Luise Order (also an order only for women)

The Royal Order of Victoria and Albert was a British Royal Family Order instituted in on 10 February 1862 [1] by Queen Victoria, and enlarged on 10 October 1864; 15 November 1865; and 15 March 1880. No awards were made after the death of Queen Victoria.

The order had four classes and was only granted to female members of the royal family and female courtiers. For the first three classes, the badge consisted of a medallion of Queen Victoria and Albert, The Prince Consort, differing in the width and jewelling of the border as the classes descend, whilst the fourth substitutes a jewelled cipher. All four were surmounted by a crown, which was attached to a bow of white silk moiré ribbon. The honour conferred no rank or title upon the recipient, but recipients were entitled to use the post-nominal letters "VA".

The last holder of the Order, Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, died in 1981. Like other British Orders which have fallen into disuse, it has never been formally abolished. Every British Sovereign since Victoria has become Sovereign of the Order upon their accession to the throne. The Current Sovereign Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom has been Sovereign of the Order since 1952.



List of recipients.


First Class

The four grades of the Order.

Second Class

Third Class

Fourth Class

  • Hon Lady Hamilton-Gordon
  • Edith Codrington, Lady Codrington
  • The Lady Biddulph
  • Lady Elizabeth Phillipa Biddulph
  • Hon Flora C.I. Macdonald
  • Hon Mrs. Ferguson
  • Hon Horatia C. F. Stopford
  • Hon Emily Sarah Cathcart
  • Lady Cust
  • Hon Mrs Magdalen Wellesley
  • Hon Lady Ponsonby
  • Hon Ina Erskine McNeill (Duchess of Argyll)
  • 1889: Lady Geraldine Somerset ("as a mark of appreciation of her long and devoted service to the Duchess of Cambridge")
  • Hon Harriet Lepel Phipps
  • Hon Caroline Fanny Cavendish
  • Mrs. Georgina Townshend Wilson
  • Lady Cowell
  • Hon Mrs. Mallett
  • Hon. Mrs. Grant
  • Hon. Ethel H. M. Cadogan
  • Mrs. Helen Haughton



  1. ^ British Imperial Calendar, 1900


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