Royal Order of Victoria and Albert

The Royal Order of Victoria and Albert was a British Royal Family Order instituted on 10 February 1862[1] by Queen Victoria, and enlarged on 10 October 1864, 15 November 1865, and 15 March 1880. No award was made after the death of Queen Victoria.

The order had four classes and was only granted to female members of the British Royal Family and female courtiers. For the first three classes, the badge consisted of a medallion of Queen Victoria and Albert, The Prince Consort, differing in the width and jewelling of the border as the classes descend, whilst the fourth substitutes a jewelled cipher. All four were surmounted by a crown, which was attached to a bow of white silk moiré ribbon. The honour conferred no rank or title upon the recipient, but recipients were entitled to use the post-nominal letters "VA".

The last holder of the Order, Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, died in 1981.

Royal Order of Victoria and Albert
De vier graden van de Koninklijke Orde van Victoria en Albert
The four grades of the Order
Awarded by the Sovereign, on the advice of Government
TypeRoyal Family Order
EligibilityFemale members of the British Royal Family and female courtiers
StatusDefunct; not awarded since the death of Queen Victoria, 1901
Royal Order of Victoria and Albert - ribbon bar

Ribbon of the Order
Queen Victoria by Bassano
Portrait of Queen Victoria at her Golden Jubilee, wearing the Sovereign's badge of the Order
Victoria, Princess Royal
The German Empress Victoria wearing the Order, along with the Prussian Order of Louise (also an order only for women)


First Class

British Royal Family


Second Class

British Royal Family



Third Class

Fourth Class

  • Lady Hamilton-Gordon
  • Edith Codrington, Lady Codrington
  • Adelaide Biddulph, Baroness Biddulph
  • Lady Elizabeth Phillipa Biddulph
  • Flora C.I. Macdonald
  • Hon Mrs. Ferguson
  • Hon Horatia C. F. Stopford
  • Hon Emily Sarah Cathcart
  • Lady Cust
  • Mrs Magdalen Wellesley
  • Lady Ponsonby
  • Ina Erskine McNeill (Duchess of Argyll)
  • 1889: Lady Geraldine Somerset ("as a mark of appreciation of her long and devoted service to the Duchess of Cambridge")
  • Harriet Lepel Phipps
  • Caroline Fanny Cavendish
  • Mrs. Georgina Townshend Wilson
  • Lady Cowell
  • Hon. Mrs. Mallett
  • Hon. Mrs. Grant
  • Ethel H. M. Cadogan
  • Mrs. John Haughton



  1. ^ British Imperial Calendar, 1900
  2. ^ "Obituary". Obituary. The Times (30343). London. 4 November 1881. col F, p. 16.
  3. ^ "The Dowager Lady Churchill". Obituaries. The Times (36335). London. 26 December 1900. col E, p. 3.
  4. ^ "Court Circular". Court and Social. The Times (32607). London. 28 January 1889. col F, p. 9.
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Elizabeth Russell, Duchess of Bedford

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She married Edward Portman, son of Edward Berkeley Portman and Lucy Whitby, on 16 June 1827. He became a viscount in 1873, eight years after she had died.They had six children, four sons and two daughters. The boys were William Henry Berkeley, who succeeded to the peerage; Edwin Berkeley, barrister-at-law and MP; Maurice Berkeley, a member of the Canadian parliament; Walter Berkeley, rector of Corton Denham, Somerset, near Orchard Portman.

She served as Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Victoria between 1837 and 1851, then an Extra Lady of the Bedchamber between 1851 and 1865.

Frances Anne Spencer-Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough

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Lady Beatrix Maud Gascoyne-Cecil (11 April 1858 – 27 April 1950), married William Waldegrave Palmer, 2nd Earl of Selborne (later styled the Countess of Selborne)

Lady Gwendolen Gascoyne-Cecil (28 July 1860 – 28 September 1945), author, biographer of her father; unmarried

James Gascoyne-Cecil, 4th Marquess of Salisbury (1861–1947)

Lord (Rupert Ernest) William (Gascoyne-)Cecil (1863–1936)

(Edgar Algernon) Robert (Gascoyne-)Cecil, 1st Viscount Cecil of Chelwood (1864–1958)

Lady Fanny Georgina Mildred Gascoyne-Cecil (1865 – 24 April 1867), died as an infant

Lord Edward (Gascoyne-)Cecil (1867–1918)

Hugh Richard Heathcote (Gascoyne-)Cecil, 1st Baron Quickswood (1869–1956)Lady Salisbury died at Hatfield House, aged 72.

Louisa Hamilton, Duchess of Abercorn

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