Annual Investiture Service Held at Rochester Cathedral
Dated: 23rd May 2010
The annual Service of Investiture of the International Knightly Order Valiant of St. George was held on Saturday May 22nd at Rochester Cathedral in Kent.
We were blessed once again this year with incredibly clement spring weather. It was a great pleasure to welcome the Officers and Honour Guard of our affiliated regiment, 3 Batt. The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment.
Soldiers from 3PWRR providing an Honour Guard at Rochester Cathedral
Knights and Dames processed into the cathedral led by a piper and representatives from 3PWRR.
During the service, lessons were read by H.E. Dame Muriel Taylor GCStG (Psalm 100), and by H.E. Col Dame Iris J Karaszy-Kulin MKN GCStG DCLJ CMLJ (Philippians Chapter One, Verses 2-7 and 9-11).
The choir sang a beautiful rendition of "God So Loved The World" by John Stainer, then giving the first public performance of a new hymn written by our Grand Director of Music Dr. Keith Salmon KCStG.
The Order was very pleased to welcome H.E. Paul Grant, Grand Master of the Military Order of the Sword of England to the service.
H.E. Paul Grant, Grand Master of the Military Order of the Sword of England pictured (below right) outside Rochester Cathedral
The sermon was delivered by Rev. Br. Michael Powell CJ KStG and eruditely reflected on modern values and the need for chivalric conduct in today's society. It explored 'gender stereotypes', the shallowness of 'fame seeking' and posed thought provoking questions on related subjects.
Rev. Br. Michael Powell CJ KStG being congratulated by the Grand Prior
Promotions within the Order were made, particular congratulations are extended to H.E. The Chevalier Simon McIlwaine MKN GCStG KL CLJ MMLJ MA FRSA FRSM ACIArb, H.E The Chevalier Mark Haley MKN GCStG CLJ MMLJ, BSc. and H.E. Dame Muriel Taylor GCStG, all having attained Knight Grand Cross.
H.E The Chevalier Mark Haley MKN GCStG CLJ MMLJ receives congratulations from H.E. Col Dame Iris J Karaszy-Kulin MKN GCStG DCLJ CMLJ
Grand Priory Officers were also formally appointed. The Order is particularly pleased to welcome H.E.The Chevalier Howard Doe MKN GCStG as Deputy Grand Prior.
H.E. Dame Muriel Taylor GCStG was also appointed as Commander of The Commandery of the Duchy Of Lancaster (our first regional Commandery in the United Kingdom). Dame Muriel was also appointed Director of Charitable Affairs and is pictured below being congratulated by Dame Iris.
We welcomed four new Knights and one Companion into the Order during the Investiture.
Postulants awaiting Investiture
We welcome our new Chevaliers most heartily and wish them a very long and successful association with our Order.
We also welcomed our first Companion of the Order (Ian Smart), who takes an historical 'pride of place'.
Dame Angela King GCStG CMLJ is pictured below being congratulated by the Grand Prior on her appointment as Deputy Grand Secretary of the Grand Priory of the United Kingdom
Chevalier Eur Ing Steve Nimmons KCStG OLJ FBCS CITP CEng FRSA FIMIS FIAP FLS FSA Scot BSc. DIS. was reaffirmed as Grand Herald of the United Kingdom Grand Priory.
The ceremony was a success in no small part due to our Marshals. Chevaliers Roger Joseph Earnest O’Brien KCStG and Chev I W Tough KCStG KLJ MMLJ JP are profoundly thanked for their exemplary work.
Chevalier Paul. A. Phillips KStG, who is doing splendid work and arranging our forthcoming trip to the Historic Portsmouth Dockyard was appointed Grand Banner Bearer of the Grand Priory of the United Kingdom.
The Service of Investiture concluded, we retired for luncheon. At the luncheon Chevalier Steve Nimmons proposed the toast to the Grand Prior, and in so doing presented the Grand Priory with a Humanitarian Silver Medal on behalf of the Red Cross Society of Mongolia. He went on to present an "Honorary Tar Heel" ("Honorary Citizen" of North Carolina) award to the Grand Prior on behalf of the Governor's Office in North Carolina. The Grand Prior proposed the toast to Grand Patron Dame Iris J Karaszy-Kulin MKN GCStG DCLJ CMLJ who replied with personal thanks to all who attended the Service and worked to make the Order such a success. H.E The Chevalier Mark Haley MKN GCStG CLJ MMLJ proposed the toast to the guests, and we were honoured to have H.E. Paul Grant, Grand Master of the Military Order of the Sword of England respond on behalf of the guests. H.E.The Chevalier Howard Doe MKN GCStG, Deputy Grand Prior proposed the toast to the new members. He explained the historical context of the Order and its centrality in defending freedom.