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ORDERS OF KNIGHTHOOD. 865 greater and four lesser rays Of silver. [This is embroidered on the left side of the coat or cloak.] (it) The COLLAR, of pure gold, is composed of five roses and six harps alternately, each tied together with a knot of gold, the roses being enamelled alternately, white leaves within red and red leaves within white, and in the centre an imperial crown, surmounting a harp of gold, from which is pendant (Hi) the BADGE of gold, surmounted with a wreath of trefoil, within which a circle of blue enamel, containing the motto of the Order in letters of gold, and encircling the cross of St. Patrick gules, surmounted with a trefoil vert, each of its leaves charged with an imperial crown or, upon a field argent. [The ribbon of the Order is sky blue.] Ulster King of Arms Sir John Bernard Burke, C.B. Secretary Gustavus Francis William Lambart, Esq. THE MOST HONOURABLE ORDER OF THE BATH. The Order of the Bath was instituted in 1399. After the time of Charles II. it fell into decay, and remained obsolete until it was revived by George I. in 1725. The provisions of the Order were enlarged in 1815 and further extended in 1845. It now consists of three classes : (z) KNIGHTS GRAND CROSS (fifty military and twenty-five civil), exclusive of the Sovereign, Princes of the Blood Royal, and distinguished foreigners who may be nominated to the honorary distinction. These Knights are entitled to receive a grant of supporters to their armorial bearings and to wear the collar, badge, and star. (ii) KNIGHTS COMMANDERS (123 military and eighty civil), exclusive of foreign officers who may be admitted as Honorary Knights Commanders. Each Commander is entitled to the distinctive appellation of knighthood after he has been invested with the insignia, and to wear the badge pendant by a red ribbon round the neck, and the star embroidered on the left side. (Hi) COMPANIONS (690 military and 250 civil), wear the badge pendant by a narrow red ribbon on the left breast. The Insignia are (i) the COLLAR of gold (weighing thirty ounces, troy), composed of nine imperial crowns and eight devices, each consisting of a rose, a thistle, and a shamrock, issuing from a sceptre, all enamelled in their proper colours ; the crowns and devices being linked together with seventeen gold knots enamelled white, and having pendant therefrom the badge of the Order, (ii) The MILITARY KNIGHT GRAND CROSS STAR is formed of rays or flames of silver, thereon a gold Maltese cross, and in the centre, within the motto, branches of laurel, issuant as in the badge. (Hi) CIVIL KNIGHT GRAND CROSS STAR is of silver, formed with eight points or rays, charged with three imperial crowns proper upon a glory of silver rays, surrounded with a red circle upon which is the motto of the Order, (iv) MILITARY KNIGHT COMMANDER'S STAR is in the form of a cross- patee of silver, having the same centre as the Knight's Grand Cross, but without a gold Maltese cross thereon, (v) CIVIL KNIGHT COMMANDER'S STAR is of the same form and size, but without a laurel wreath round the circle, and containing the motto and the escroll, with the words Ich dien underneath. , (m) MILITARY BADGE is a gold Maltese cross of eight points, enamelled argent ; in the four angles a lion passant guardant or ; in the centre a rose, shamrock, and thistle, issuant from a sceptre between three imperial crowns or, within a circle gules, thereon the motto of the order, Triajuncta in uno, surrounded by two branches of laurel proper, issuing from an escroll azure inscribed Ich dien in letters of gold. [It is worn by Knights Grand cross pendant from a red ribbon across the right shoulder, by Knights Commanders from the neck, and by Companions from the button-hole.] (vii) CIVIL BADGE is of gold, and comprises a rose, thistle, and shamrock, issuing from a sceptre between three imperial crowns, encircled by the motto. [Civil Knight Commanders wear the same badge of a smaller size round the neck by a red ribbon, and Civil Companions wear from the button-hole a still smaller-size pendant by a red ribbon.] Bath King of Arms Admiral Lord Frederic Herbert Kerr. Registrar and Secretary Sit Albert William Woods, K.C.M.G., C.B. THE MOST EXALTED ORDER OF THE STAR OF INDIA. The Order of the Star of India was instituted by Queen Victoria in 1861, and enlarged 1866 and 1876. It consists of the Sovereign, a Grand Master (the Viceroy 55