Royal Guelphic Order

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Royal Guelphic Order
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Badge of the Royal Guelphic Order
Awarded by Kingdom of Hanover
Type House Order
Motto Nec Aspera Terrent
(Not afraid of difficulties)
Grand Master Ernst August V
Grades After 1841
Grand Cross
Commander 1st Class
Commander 2nd Class
Cross of Merit
Former grades Original
Knight Grand Cross
Knight Commander
Next (higher) Order of St. George (Hanover)
Next (lower) Order of Ernst August
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Ribbon of the order
Star and badge of a Commander 1st Class.
Göttingen, grave of Lieutenant Colonel Ernst Poten (1785–1838) of the Royal Hanoverian Army. The inscription lists the Royal Guelphic Order, Army Gold Medal, British Waterloo Medal and Royal Hanoverian Service Decoration.

The Royal Guelphic Order (German: Guelphen-Orden), sometimes also referred to as the Hanoverian Guelphic Order, is a Hanoverian order of chivalry instituted on 28 April 1815 by the Prince Regent (later King George IV).[1] Named for the House of Guelph, of whom of the Hanoverians were a branch.

After the defeat and forced dissolution of the Kingdom of Hanover by the Kingdom of Prussia, the order continued as a house order to be awarded by the Royal House of Hanover. Today, its current chancellor is the Hanoverian head of the house, Ernst August, Prince of Hanover. The honour is named after the House of Guelph to which the Hanoverian kings belonged, and its insignia were based on the white horse of that kingdom's arms.

In the United Kingdom it has always been regarded as a foreign order, and even before 1837 members of the order were not entitled to style themselves as "Sir" unless they were also created Knights Bachelor, as many were.


The Order includes two Divisions, Civil and Military, it originally had three classes, but with several reorganizations since 1841, as house order today it has four classes and an additional Cross of Merit. In descending order of seniority, are:


  • Knight Grand Cross (GCH)
  • Knight Commander (KCH)
  • Knight (KH)

Holders of the respective degrees of the order in Britain were entitled to be post-nominally addressed with the initials, which stand for Knight Grand Cross of Hanover, Knight Commander of Hanover and Knight of Hanover, the initial GCG was also used, and held to be more correct. [2]

After 1841[edit]

  • Grand Cross
  • Commander 1st Class
  • Commander 2nd Class
  • Knight
  • Cross of Merit

The Order[edit]


The Order has six officers: the Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor, the Register, the King of Arms, the Genealogist, and the Secretary.

Officers until 1837[edit]

The first six officers were:

Officers since 1987[edit]

Notable members[edit]

See also[edit]

Flag of the Electorate of Hanover, 1692


  1. ^ United Kingdom: The Royal Guelphic Order. Medals of the World, Megan C. Robertson. 2 April 2007
  2. ^ Old Days in Diplomacy, Recollections of a Closed Century, by the Eldest Daughter of the late Sir Edward Cromwell Disbrowe, G.C.G., Charlotte Anne Albinia Disbrowe, London, 1903

External links[edit]

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