The Sovereign and the Knights and Dames Grand Cross are allotted stalls in the choir of the chapel, above which their heraldic devices are displayed.
The reredos within the chapel were commissioned from Henry Poole in 1927.When collars are worn (either on collar days or on formal occasions such as coronations), the badge is suspended from the collar.All collars which have been awarded since 1948 must be returned to the Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood. The original home of the Order was the Palace of St. George in Corfu, the residence of the Lord High Commissioner of the Ionian Islands and the seat of the Ionian Senate.Grand Masters include: The Order originally included 15 Knights Grand Cross, 20 Knights Commanders, and 25 Companions but has since been expanded and the current limits on membership are 125, 375, and 1,750 respectively.Members of the Royal Family who are appointed to the Order do not count towards the limit, nor do foreign members appointed as "honorary members". The Order's King of Arms is not a member of the College of Arms, like many other heraldic officers.At a considerably smaller scale, to the back of the stall is affixed a piece of brass (a "stall plate") displaying its occupant's name, arms and date of admission into the Order.
Upon the death of a Knight, the banner, helm, mantling and crest are taken down.
For example, the former British Ambassador to the United States, Sir David Manning, was appointed a CMG when he worked for the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), and then after his appointment as British Ambassador to the US, he was promoted to a Knight Commander (KCMG). One of its primary symbols is that of St Michael trampling over and subduing Satan in battle.
It is the traditional award for members of the FCO. The Order is the sixth-most senior in the British honours system, after The Most Noble Order of the Garter, The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, The Most Illustrious Order of St Patrick, The Most Honourable Order of the Bath, and The Most Exalted Order of the Star of India.
Since 1906, the Order's chapel has been in St Paul's Cathedral in London.
(The Cathedral also serves as home to the chapels of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and the Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor.) Religious services for the whole Order are held quadrennially; new Knights and Dames Grand Cross are installed at these services.
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