List of titles and honours of George VI

King George VI received numerous decorations and honorary appointments, both during and before his time as monarch of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth. Each is listed below; where two dates are shown, the first indicated the date of receiving the award or title, and the second indicates the date of its loss or renunciation.

Royal titles and styles

Styles of
George VI
Royal Monogram of King George VI of Great Britain.svg
Reference style His Majesty
Spoken style Your Majesty
Alternative style Sir
Flagge Herzogtum Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha (1911-1920).svg Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
  • 14 December 1895 – 17 July 1917: His Highness Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Duke in Saxony
United Kingdom United Kingdom
  • 14 December 1895 – 28 May 1898: His Highness Prince Albert of York
  • 28 May 1898 – 22 January 1901: His Royal Highness Prince Albert of York
  • 22 January 1901 – 9 November 1901: His Royal Highness Prince Albert of Cornwall and York
  • 9 November 1901 – 6 May 1910: His Royal Highness Prince Albert of Wales
  • 6 May 1910 – 3 June 1920: His Royal Highness The Prince Albert
  • 3 June 1920 – 11 December 1936: His Royal Highness The Duke of York
  • 11 December 1936 – 6 February 1952: His Majesty The King
British Raj Red Ensign.svg India
  • 11 December 1936 – 14 August 1947: His Imperial Majesty The King, Emperor of India[1]


 The Isle of Man
A plaque on Manchester Town Hall records George VI's titles before giving up the title Emperor of India.

Until 28 May 1898, George was styled His Highness by virtue of both his British and Saxon titles. After his elevation in Britain to Royal Highness that style masked his lower Saxon style. From his brother's ascension to the throne, on 20 January 1936, until his own accession, on 11 December 1936, Prince Albert held the style and title of His Royal Highness The Prince Albert, Duke of York, Earl of Inverness and Baron Killarney.

George's official style and title in full was: His Majesty George the Sixth, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, Ireland and the British Dominions beyond the Seas King, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India (in Latin: Georgius VI, Dei Gratia Magnae Britanniae, Hiberniae et terrarum transmarinarum quae in ditione sunt Britannica Rex, Fidei Defensor, Indiae Imperator.

He held many other positions, but these did not form part of his formal title, e.g. Sovereign of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Sovereign of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, Sovereign of the Most Illustrious Order of Saint Patrick, Sovereign of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, Sovereign of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, Sovereign of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Sovereign of the Distinguished Service Order, Sovereign of the Imperial Service Order, Sovereign of the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India, Sovereign of the Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire, Sovereign of the Order of British India, Sovereign of the Indian Order of Merit, Sovereign of the Order of Burma, Sovereign of the Royal Order of Victoria and Albert, Sovereign of the Royal Family Order of King Edward VII, Sovereign of the Order of Merit, Sovereign of the Order of the Companions of Honour, Sovereign of the Royal Victorian Order, Sovereign of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem.

After India gained full legal independence from the United Kingdom in 1947, George's title was altered to suit the dissolution of his position as Emperor of India, becoming George the Sixth, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, Ireland and the British Dominions beyond the Seas King, Defender of the Faith (in Latin: George VI, Dei Gratia Magnae Britanniae, Hiberniae et terrarum transmarinarum quae in ditione sunt Britannica Rex, Fidei Defensor). For a period in May 1929, George was also entitled to be called His Grace The Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

Naval, army and air force ranks

Australia Australia
Canada Canada
United Kingdom United Kingdom

British Commonwealth honours

Appointments
Country Date Appointment Post-nominal letters
 England 14 December 1916 – 11 December 1936 Royal Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter KG
11 December 1936 – 6 February 1952 Sovereign
United Kingdom British Commonwealth 1 January 1921 – 11 December 1936 Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order GCVO
11 December 1936 – 6 February 1952 Sovereign
 Scotland 24 April 1923 – 11 December 1936 Extra Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle KT
11 December 1936 – 6 February 1952 Sovereign
United Kingdom United Kingdom 25 June 1925 – 11 December 1936 Lord of His Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council PC
United Kingdom British Commonwealth 12 June 1926 – 11 December 1936 Bailiff Grand Cross of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem GCStJ
11 December 1936 – 6 February 1952 Sovereign Head
United Kingdom United Kingdom 22 December 1926 – 11 December 1936 Knight Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George GCMG
11 December 1936 – 6 February 1952 Sovereign
  Northern Ireland 7 March 1936 – 11 December 1936 Knight of the Most Illustrious Order of Saint Patrick KP
11 December 1936 – 6 February 1952 Sovereign
United Kingdom British Commonwealth 11 December 1936 – 6 February 1952 Sovereign of the Order of Merit
United Kingdom British Commonwealth 11 December 1936 – 6 February 1952 Sovereign of the Order of the Companions of Honour
United Kingdom United Kingdom 11 December 1936 – 6 February 1952 Sovereign of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath
United Kingdom United Kingdom 11 December 1936 – 6 February 1952 Sovereign of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
United Kingdom United Kingdom 11 December 1936 – 6 February 1952 Sovereign of the Distinguished Service Order
United Kingdom United Kingdom 11 December 1936 – 6 February 1952 Sovereign of the Imperial Service Order
British Raj Red Ensign.svg British India 11 December 1936 – 6 February 1952 Sovereign of the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India
British Raj Red Ensign.svg British India 11 December 1936 – 6 February 1952 Sovereign of the Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire
British Raj Red Ensign.svg British India 11 December 1936 – 6 February 1952 Sovereign of the Order of British India
British Raj Red Ensign.svg British India 11 December 1936 – 6 February 1952 Sovereign of the Indian Order of Merit
British Raj Red Ensign.svg British India 11 December 1936 – 6 February 1952 Sovereign of the Imperial Order of the Crown of India
United Kingdom United Kingdom 20 May 1940 – 6 February 1952 Sovereign of the Order of Burma
United Kingdom United Kingdom 11 December 1936 – 6 February 1952 Sovereign of the Royal Order of Victoria and Albert
United Kingdom United Kingdom 11 December 1936 – 6 February 1952 Sovereign of the Royal Family Order of King Edward VII
United Kingdom United Kingdom 11 December 1936 – 6 February 1952 Sovereign of the Royal Family Order of King George V
United Kingdom United Kingdom 1937 – 6 February 1952 Sovereign of the Royal Family Order of King George VI
Medals and decorations
Country Date Decoration Post-nominal letters
United Kingdom British Commonwealth 3 June 1927 Royal Victorian Chain
United Kingdom British Commonwealth 1919 1914 Star
United Kingdom British Commonwealth 1919 British War Medal
United Kingdom British Commonwealth 1919 Victory Medal with Mention in Despatches
United Kingdom British Commonwealth 1897 Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee Medal
United Kingdom British Commonwealth 1902 King Edward VII Coronation Medal
United Kingdom British Commonwealth 1911 King George V Coronation Medal
United Kingdom British Commonwealth 1935 King George V Silver Jubilee Medal
United Kingdom British Commonwealth 1945 1939-45 Star
United Kingdom British Commonwealth 1945 Italy Star
United Kingdom British Commonwealth 1945 France and Germany Star
United Kingdom British Commonwealth 1945 Defence Medal (United Kingdom)
United Kingdom British Commonwealth 1945 War Medal 1939–1945
Canada Canada 1951 Canadian Forces Decoration CD

Foreign honours

Appointments
Country Date Appointment Post-nominal letters
 Russia 3 June 1917 – 7 November 1917 Knight Fourth Class with Swords of the Order of Saint Vladimir
 Italy 11 August 1917 – 2 June 1946 Knight of the Military Order of Savoy
 France 1917 – 6 February 1952 Grand Cordon of the National Order of the Legion of Honour
 Yugoslavia 1918 – 2 December 1945 Grand Cross of the Order of the White Eagle[21]
 Belgium 22 November 1918 – 6 February 1952 Grand Cross of the Order of Leopold
State flag of Persia (1907–1933).svg Persia 31 October 1919 – 1925 Member Second Class of the Imperial Order of the Agdas
 Denmark 30 November 1920 – 6 February 1952 Knight of the Order of the Elephant[22] RE
 Romania 18 October 1922 – 10 September 1944 Knight of the Order of Carol I
 Ethiopia 9 July 1924 – 6 February 1952 Grand Cross of the Star of Ethiopia
 Egypt 4 July 1927 – 6 February 1952 Grand Cordon of the Order of Muhammad 'Ali
 Afghanistan 13 March 1928 – 6 February 1952 Member First Class of the Order of the Supreme Sun
 Iraq 20 June 1933 – 6 February 1952 Member First Class of the Order of the Two Rivers
 Greece 7 October 1936 – 6 February 1952 Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Redeemer GCR
 Greece 7 October 1936 – 6 February 1952 Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Phoenix GCP
   Nepal 29 April 1937 – 6 February 1952 Grand Cross of the Order of the Ojaswi Rajanya
 Sweden 10 May 1937 – 6 February 1952 Knight of the Order of the Seraphim[23] RSerafO
 Monaco 11 May 1937 – 6 February 1952 Grand Cross of the Order of Saint Charles
 Japan 29 June 1937 – 6 February 1952 Grand Cordon with Collar of the Order of the Chrysanthemum
 Thailand 2 February 1938 – 6 February 1952 Knight of the Order of the Royal House of Chakri[24] MCK
 Bulgaria 1938 – 30 December 1947 Knight of the Order of Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius
 Greece 7 November 1938 – 6 February 1952 Member of Order of Saints George and Constantine, with collar MSGC
 Portugal 2 May 1939 – 6 February 1952 Grand Cross of the Sash of the Three Orders[25] BTO
 Yugoslavia 19 July 1939 – 2 December 1945 Grand Cross of the Order of the Star of Kara George[26]
 Iraq 10 November 1943 – 6 February 1952 Member of the Grand Order of the Hashimites
 United States 1945 – 6 February 1952 Chief Commander of the Legion of Merit
 Netherlands 1 July 1946 – 6 February 1952 Knight Grand Cross of the Order of William
   Nepal 24 September 1946 – 6 February 1952 Grand Cordon of the Order of the Ojaswi Rajanya
 Jordan 18 August 1949 – 6 February 1952 Collar of the Order of Al-Hussein bin Ali
 Iran 21 July 1948 – 6 February 1952 Grand Collar of the Order of Pahlavi
 France 2 April 1960 (posthumous) Member of the Ordre de la Libération[27]
Medals and decorations
Country Date Decoration Post-nominal letters
 Norway 1942 War Cross (Norway)
 Greece 1945 Cross of Valour (Greece)
 United States 1945 European–African–Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
 France 1945 Croix de Guerre, with palm

Honorary military appointments

 Australia
 Canada

Colonel-in-Chief 1938–1952

Colonel-in-Chief 1938–1952

Colonel-in-Chief 1938–1952

|Colonel-in-Chief |1938–1952

|Colonel-in-Chief |1938–1952

|Colonel-in-Chief |1938–1952

|Colonel-in-Chief |1942–1952

Canadian Blue Ensign (1957–1965).svg Royal Canadian Navy

|Royal Canadian Sea Cadets |Admiral |1947–1952

Canadian Army Badge.svg Canadian Army

|The Canadian Grenadier Guards |Colonel-in-Chief |1947–1952

Canadian Army Badge.svg Canadian Army

|The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada |Colonel-in-Chief |1951–1952

Canadian Blue Ensign (1957–1965).svg Royal Canadian Navy

|Sea Corps |Admiral |1951–1952

Air Force Ensign of Canada (1941-1968).svg Royal Canadian Air Force

|Air Training Corps |Air Commodore-in-Chief |1951–1952

Air Force Ensign of Canada (1941-1968).svg Royal Canadian Air Force

|Royal Air Force Regiment |Air Commodore-in-Chief |1951–1952

Canadian Army Badge.svg Canadian Army

|Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery |Captain General |1952

 Ceylon

Ceylon Defence Force |Ceylon Light Infantry |Colonel-in-Chief |1936–1952

 Denmark

Royal Danish Army

|Danish Army |General |1927–1952

Naval Ensign of Denmark.svg Royal Danish Navy

|Danish Navy |Admiral |1948–1952

 Ghana

Ghanese Army

|Royal West African Frontier Force |Colonel-in-Chief |1936–1952

 India

Emblem of India.svg Indian Army

|The Royal Regiment of Indian Artillery |Colonel-in-Chief |1936–1950

Emblem of India.svg Indian Army

|Skinner's Horse (1st Duke of York's Own) |Colonel-in-Chief |1937–1950

Emblem of India.svg Indian Army

|16th Light Cavalry |Colonel-in-Chief |1937–1950

Emblem of India.svg Indian Army

|Corps of Royal Indian Engineers |Colonel-in-Chief |1938–1950

 Malta

Maltese Army

|Royal Malta Artillery |Colonel-in-Chief |1942–1952

   Nepal

Royal Nepalese Army

| |Honorary Commanding General |1946–1952

 Newfoundland

|The Newfoundland Heavy Regiment |Honorary Colonel |1940–1952

 New Zealand

New Zealand Army

|Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps |Colonel-in-Chief |1947–1952

New Zealand Army

|Royal New Zealand Artillery |Colonel-in-Chief |1947–1952

New Zealand Army

|The Auckland Regiment |Colonel-in-Chief |1947–1952

 Pakistan

Flag of the Pakistani Army.svg Pakistan Army

|13th Frontier Force Regiment |Colonel-in-Chief |1936–1952

Flag of the Pakistani Army.svg Pakistani Army

|1st Punjab Regiment |Colonel-in-Chief |1937–1950

 Rhodesia

Rhodesian Army

|The Northern Rhodesia Regiment |Colonel-in-Chief |1939–1952

Rhodesian Army

|The Royal Rhodesia Regiment |Colonel-in-Chief |1947–1952

  South Africa

South African Army

|The Royal Natal Carbineers |Colonel-in-Chief |1937–1952

South African Army

|Imperial Light Horse |Colonel-in-Chief |1937–1952

South African Army

|The Transvaal Scottish |Colonel-in-Chief |1937–1952

South African Army

|King's African Rifles |Colonel-in-Chief |1937–1952

South African Army

|The Kaffrarian Rifles |Colonel-in-Chief |1947–1952

 United Kingdom
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
Ensign of the Sea Cadet Corps.svg Sea Cadet Corps

|Admiral of the Sea Cadet Corps |1942–1952

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
British-Merchant-Navy-Ensign.png Merchant Navy

|Master of the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets |1936–1952

Flag of the British Army.svg British Army

|4th Bn, The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders |Honorary Colonel |1920–1952

Flag of the British Army.svg British Army

|11th (Prince Albert's Own) Hussars |Colonel-in-Chief |1920–1952

Flag of the British Army.svg British Army

|The Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's) |Colonel-in-Chief |1921–1952

Flag of the British Army.svg British Army

|Royal Army Ordnance Corps |Colonel-in-Chief |1921–1952

Flag of the British Army.svg British Army

|The East Yorkshire Regiment |Colonel-in-Chief |1922–1935

Flag of the British Army.svg British Army

|The Leicestershire Yeomanry (Prince Albert's Own) |Colonel-in-Chief |1926–1952

Flag of the British Army.svg British Army

|Scots Guards |Colonel |1932–1936

Flag of the British Army.svg British Army

|The Duke of York's Own |Colonel-in-Chief |1935–1952

Flag of the British Army.svg British Army

|The Life Guards |Colonel-in-Chief |1936–1952

Flag of the British Army.svg British Army

|Royal Horse Guards |Colonel-in-Chief |1936–1952

Flag of the British Army.svg British Army

|1st The Royal Dragoons |Colonel-in-Chief |1936–1952

Flag of the British Army.svg British Army

|The Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry |Colonel-in-Chief |1936–1952

Flag of the British Army.svg British Army

|Royal Regiment of Artillery |Colonel-in-Chief |1936–1952

Flag of the British Army.svg British Army

|Honourable Artillery Company |Captain General |1936–1952

Flag of the British Army.svg British Army

|Corps of Royal Engineers |Colonel-in-Chief |1936–1952

Flag of the British Army.svg British Army

|Grenadier Guards |Colonel-in-Chief |1936–1952

Flag of the British Army.svg British Army

|Coldstream Guards |Colonel-in-Chief |1936–1952

Flag of the British Army.svg British Army

|Scots Guards |Colonel-in-Chief |1936–1952

Flag of the British Army.svg British Army

|Irish Guards |Colonel-in-Chief |1936–1952

Flag of the British Army.svg British Army

|Welsh Guards |Colonel-in-Chief |1936–1952

Flag of the British Army.svg British Army

|The Royal Welch Fusiliers |Colonel-in-Chief |1936–1952

Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg British Army

|Royal Marines |Captain General |1936–1952

Flag of the British Army.svg British Army

|The King's Royal Rifle Corps |Colonel-in-Chief |1936–1952

Flag of the British Army.svg British Army

|The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders |Colonel-in-Chief |1936–1952

Flag of the British Army.svg British Army

|Royal Tank Corps |Colonel-in-Chief |1936–1952

Flag of the British Army.svg British Army

|Officers Training Corps |Colonel-in-Chief |1936–1952

Flag of the British Army.svg British Army

|The Royal Scots Greys (2nd Dragoons) |Colonel-in-Chief |1939.06.08

Flag of the British Army.svg British Army

|Army Cadet Force |Colonel-in-Chief |1942–1952

Flag of the British Army.svg British Army

|4th/5th Bn, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders |Honorary Colonel |1947–1952

Flag of the British Army.svg British Army

|The Royal Berkshire Regiment |Colonel-in-Chief |1947–1952

Flag of the British Army.svg British Army

|The Royal Norfolk Regiment |Colonel-in-Chief |1947–1952

Flag of the British Army.svg British Army

|Royal Armoured Corps |Captain General |1947–1952

Flag of the British Army.svg British Army

|Combined Cadet Force |Captain General |1949–1952

Flag of the British Army.svg British Army

|University Training Corps |Colonel-in-Chief |1949–1952

Freedom of the City

Commonwealth realms

Honorific eponyms

A number of geographical features, roads, and institutions are named after George VI. These include King George Hospital in London; King George VI Reservoir in Surrey, United Kingdom; King George VI Highway and King George Boulevard in Surrey, British Columbia; Kingsway in Edmonton; George VI Sound in Antarctica; and the King George VI Chase, a horse race in the United Kingdom.

The fourth future Dreadnought-class submarine will be named as HMS King George VI.[33]

See also

References

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