Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood

The Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood is a small office within the Royal Household of the Sovereign of the United Kingdom responsible for the administration of Orders of Chivalry and some aspects of honours in general. It does not deal with nominations or decisions on appointments, but rather administers the appointment procedures and investitures, and provides the insignia.

The office was established by King Edward VII in 1902.[1]

Brigadier Sir Ivan de la Bere held the post of Secretary from 1948 to 1960.[2][3]

Since 1991 the Secretary of the Central Chancery has been the same individual who also serves as Assistant Comptroller to the Lord Chamberlain's Office.


  1. Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage.
  2. Who Was Who 1961–1971.
  3. Obituary, The Times, 29 December 1970.

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