Two of The Queen’s most loyal ladies-in-waiting have been made Dames Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order. The highest rank of the highest order of chivalry in The Queen’s personal gift.
In the Queen’s Birthday Honours list released today, Lady Susan Hussey and Mary Morrison were made Dames Grand Cross.
Lady Susan, as well as already being a Baroness was also a Dame Commander in the Royal Victorian Order before receiving the promotion to the highest rank today. The Honourable Mary Morrison was also a Dame Commander.
The Royal Victorian Order remains The Queen’s personal gift, unlike the Order of the British Empire, which whilst still requiring her approval, receives few, if any appointments personally from Her Majesty.
The ranks in the Royal Victorian Order go from Medals at the lowest to Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO), Lieutenant [pronounced leftenant] of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO), Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) and then to Knight/Dame of the Royal Victorian Order which is a Knighthood or a Damehood (KCVO or DCVO) and then also to the highest level of Knight/Dame Grand Cross (GCVO).