As we end the year at Spink, it is
with great pleasure that we have opened our doors to a royal visit.
HRH Princess Helen of Romania was the guest of honour at the book
launch of Peter Galloway's The Royal Victorian Order.
Peter Galloway, or to give him his correct designation, the
Reverend Professor Peter Galloway OBE is Chaplain of the Queen's
Chapel of the Savoy. The chapel was built as part of a charitable
foundation under the terms of the will of King Henry VII in the
early sixteenth century. On 11 May 1937 King George VI commanded
that it should be the Chapel of the Royal Victorian Order. The
Royal Victorian Order was founded by Queen Victoria in 1896. It is
part of the state honours system, but is given at the discretion of
the Sovereign and not on the advice of the Prime Minister.
Appointments to the Order can be
seen in a section of the New Year and Birthday Honours Lists, and
are also made on other occasions throughout the year. The Order is
used to recognise a wide variety of service to the Sovereign and
the Royal Family. His Majesty King Michael I of Romania - Princess
Helen's father - is the senior Grand Knight of the order and was
rep-resented at the book launch by his daughter. As coincidence
would have it, the book stand that was used at the event for those
giving speeches originally belonged to Queen Mary and when Princess
Helen asked about the stand, she mentioned that Queen Mary had been
Peter Galloway was appointed
Chaplain of The Queen's Chapel of the Savoy and the Royal Victorian
Order by The Queen in February 2008. He is Visiting Professor in
Politics and History at Brunel University, was appointed OBE in
1996, and awarded the degree of DLitt (Doctor of Letters from
Brunel University in 2009.
Peter's other publications
includeOrder of the British Empire (1996),The Most Illustrious
Order (1999), Companions of Honour (2002), The Order of the Bath
(2006),The Order of the Thistle (2009), andExalted, Eminent and
Imperial: Honours of the British Raj (2014). All these titles are
availableon the spinkbooks.com website, in our London Showroom or
by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning: +44 (0)20 7563 4046.