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Order of St Michael and St George

The Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George is part of the British honours system which was established in 1818, and is usually awarded to members of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Colonial services.

It is divided into three grades, whose initials or post-nominals have jocular explanations:

The Order is limited to 125 Knights and Dames Grand Cross, 375 Knights and Dames Commanders, and 1750 Companions.

There are several elements that compose the insignia:

See also: