Order of St. George

The Governor General's Horse Guard
The Governor General's Horse Guard present at the 2009 Investiture
The Order of St. George — inspired by the Fraternal Society of Knighthood of St. George founded approximately 680 years ago — was established in Canada on 01 March, 2003. Its formation as a Canadian Priory was consecrated at Christ Church in Niagara Falls on that date. The Order is a not-for-profit corporation (Corporation Registration # 433821-9) and has as its most important function of soliciting and accumulating funds and donations on behalf of the charitable arm of the Order, the International Knightly Order of St. George Foundation (Charity's registration number: 83351 2049 RR0001) and contributing those funds to provide support and immediate financial resources to the families of fallen or wounded Canadian Forces personnel.

Although the Order does not require military service as a requirement for membership, much of the ceremonial and pageantry of the order continues to imbibe a military flavour. Charity remains the most important part of the work of the Order and the Grand Priory. The ethos of the Canadian Priory is inspired from the original order founded by King Károly Róbert of Hungary in 1326 and can be reflected with the following:

  • To support and uphold the Christian Faith or Faith of one's birth,
  • To help the needy spiritually, mentally and materially,
  • To uphold the chivalric virtues of: 
    • Prowess
    • Courage
    • Honesty
    • Loyalty
    • Generosity
    • Faith
    • Courtesy
    • Franchise/Beneficence

Note: To view further details on the Order today, and the founding of the Order, including references, click "A Detailed Look at the Order".