The Order of the Bath

The Order of the Bath is the fourth most senior order of chivalry in Britain. It was founded by King George I on 18th May, 1725. The name derives from the ancient ceremony whereby applicants for knighthood took part in a ceremonial vigil of fasting, prayer and bathing prior to being ordained.

Order of the Bath

The motto of the order, Tria iuncta in uno (Three joined in to one) is perhaps a reference to the trinity or alternatively the union of England, Scotland and Ireland. The chapel of the Order is the Henry VII Lady Chapel at Westminster Abbey.

The mantle is of crimson satin, lined with white taffeta, on its left side the star of the Order. A hat of black velvet is worn bearing a plume of feathers. The collar is made of gold with nine imperial crowns and sets of flowers, English roses, Scottish thistles and Irish shamrocks.

The badge is of varied design, the Star given to Military Knights and Dames Grand Cross is a maltese cross on top of an eight pointed star. For Military Knights and Dames Commander it is an eight pointed silver cross pattee. Both bear three crowns at the centre surrounded by a red ring on which is written the motto of the Order. The outside of the circle is adorned with leaves of laurel, below it is a scroll on which is written the words Ich Dien ( I serve). Civil Knights and Dames Grand Cross wear an eight pointed star from which the maltese cross is absent. The star for Civil Knights and Dames Commander is an eight pointed silver cross pattee, with the laurel leaves and the motto omitted.

The Order of the Garter

The Order of the Thistle