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The dignity of Knight Bachelor is a part of the British honours system. It refers to someone who has been knighted by the monarch but not as a member of one of the organized Orders of Chivalry. Knights Bachelor are the most ancient sort of British knight, existing during the reign of King Henry III, but they rank below members in the various orders. There is no female equivalent and women deserving an honour of this rank are appointed DBE instead. The honours system of the United Kingdom is a means of rewarding personal bravery, achievement or service to the country. ... The silver Anglia knight, commisioned as a trophy in 1850, intended to represent the Black Prince. ... After the failure of the crusades, the crusading military orders became idealized and romanticized, resulting in the late medieval notion of chivalry, as reflected in the Arthurian romances of the time. ... Henry III (October 1, 1207 – November 16, 1272) is one of the least-known British monarchs, considering the great length of his reign. ... Commanders Badge of the Order of the British Empire The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions, in decreasing order of seniority: Knight or Dame Grand...

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Neck Badge of the Knight Bachelor as authorised by HM The Queen in 1974

It is generally awarded for public service; amongst its recipients are all male judges of the High Court of England and Wales. Like other knights, Knights Bachelor are styled "Sir". Knights Bachelor are not entitled to use post-nominal letters after their name [1], but "Kt" (note the lowercase 't', which distinguishes it from "KT", the post-nominals of a Knight of the Thistle) is sometimes used erroneously. When the style "Sir" is awkward due to a subsequent appointment as a life peer or baronet (for example, the Baronet Sir William Boulton) recipients are sometimes exceptionally given permission to use this form of shorthand to signify that they have the additional honour. Her Majestys High Court of Justice (known more simply as the High Court) is, together with the Crown Court and the Court of Appeal, part of the Supreme Court of Judicature in England and Wales: see Courts of England and Wales. ... Post-nominal letters also called Post-nominal initials or Post-nominal titles are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, educational degree, accreditation, office, or honour. ... James VII ordained the modern Order. ... A baronet (traditional abbreviation Bart, modern abbreviation Bt) is the holder of a title, similar to a knighthood except that it is hereditary, known as a baronetcy. ...


The Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor was founded for the maintenance and consolidation of the Dignity of Knights Bachelor in 1908, and obtained official recognition from the Sovereign in 1912. The Society keeps records of all Knights Bachelor, the interests of which its purpose is to maintain.


Until 1926 Knights Bachelor had no insignia which they could wear, but in that year HM The King issued a Warrant authorising the wearing of a badge on all appropriate occasions. The Knights Bachelor badge may be worn on all appropriate occasions upon the left side of the coat or outer garment of those upon whom the degree of Knight Bachelor has been conferred. It measures 2 and three-eighths inches in length and 1 and three-eighths inches in width, is described as follows:


“Upon an oval medallion of vermilion, enclosed by a scroll a cross-hilted sword belted and sheathed, pommel upwards, between two spurs, rowels upwards, the whole set about with the sword belt, all gilt”.


In 1974 HM The Queen issued a further warrant authorising the wearing on appropriate occasions of a neck badge, slightly smaller in size, and in miniature. In 1988 a new certificate of authentication, a knight's only personal documentation, was designed by the College of Arms.


See also

A bachelor is an unmarried but marriageable man; some restrict the usage to men who have never been married. ... A Knight banneret is a higher rank of knight than a knight bachelor, but a lower rank than a baron or baronet. ...

References

  • http://www.debretts.co.uk
Table of the British honours system
Current Orders of Chivalry

The Most Noble Order of the Garter - The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle -
The Most Honourable Order of the Bath - The Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George -
The Distinguished Service Order - The Royal Victorian Order - The Order of Merit - The Imperial Service Order - The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire - The Order of the Companions of Honour The honours system of the United Kingdom is a means of rewarding personal bravery, achievement or service to the country. ... A garter is one of the Orders most recognisable insignia. ... James VII ordained the modern Order. ... Military Badge of the Order of the Bath Listen to this article · (info) This audio file was created from the revision dated 2005-04-11, and does not reflect subsequent edits to the article. ... On the Orders insignia, St Michael is often depicted subduing Satan. ... Source: Veterans Affairs Canada The Distinguished Service Order is a military decoration of the United Kingdom, and other formerly Commonwealth countries, awarded for meritorious or distinguished service by officers of the armed forces during wartime, typically in actual combat. ... Victoria founded the Royal Victorian Order. ... The Order of Merit is a British and Commonwealth Order bestowed by the Monarch. ... The Imperial Service Order was established by King Edward VII in August 1902. ... Commanders Badge of the Order of the British Empire The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions, in decreasing order of seniority: Knight or Dame Grand... The Order of the Companions of Honour is a British and Commonwealth Order (decoration). ...

Old Orders of Chivalry

The Most Illustrious Order of St Patrick - Royal Guelphic Order - The Most Exalted Order of the Star of India -
The Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire - The Imperial Order of the Crown of India The Most Illustrious Order of Saint Patrick is an order of chivalry associated with Ireland. ... The Royal Guelphic Order was a British order of chivalry instituted on 28 April 1815 by the Prince Regent (later George IV). ... The Most Exalted Order of the Star of India is an order of chivalry founded by Victoria in 1861. ... The Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire is an order of chivalry founded by Victoria in 1877. ... The Imperial Order of the Crown of India is an order in the British honours system. ...

Other Honours and Appointments

Hereditary peerage - Life peerage - Baronetcy - Knighthood - Other orders, decorations and medals
The Most Venerable Order of St John of Jerusalem - Listen to this article (help) Listen to this article · (info) This audio file was created from the revision dated 2005-06-08, and does not reflect subsequent edits to the article. ... In the United Kingdom, Life Peers are appointed members of the Peerage whose titles may not be inherited (those whose titles are inheritable are known as hereditary peers). ... A baronet (traditional abbreviation Bart, modern abbreviation Bt) is the holder of a title, similar to a knighthood except that it is hereditary, known as a baronetcy. ... The silver Anglia knight, commisioned as a trophy in 1850, intended to represent the Black Prince. ... This article concerns British and Commonwealth orders and decorations awarded by the British Sovereign. ... This page deals with the order after its revival in the 19th century. ...

List of people who have declined a British honour

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Somewhere in Tyme - Learning Center Orders of Knights Page (4179 words)
Knights is a title of a honor derived from the old English Cniht, a servant or attendant, which refers to those who attended kings upon horseback.
Knight Banneret is not known to occur in England previous to the reign of Edward I.; and about the commencement of the sixteenth century the title seems to have been almost entirely laid aside: still occasionally, instances occur.
The Knights of St. Catherine at Mount Sinai, instituted to protect and guard the sepulcher of that virgin in A.D. 1063, are said to have been founded at the same time as the Knights Hospitallers of St. John of Jerusalem.
Online Etymology Dictionary (85 words)
bacheler "knight bachelor," a young squire in training for knighthood, probably from M.L. baccalarius "vassal farmer," one who helps or tends a baccalaria "section of land." Or from L. baculum "a stick," since the squire would practice with a staff, not a sword.
from "knight in training" to "junior member of a guild or university" to "unmarried man" (1386).
A clipped form bach was a colloquial verb in 19c.
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