Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO)

The official description, eligibility, criteria, and history of the Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO).

Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO)


Established by Queen Victoria in 1896, appointments and promotions in the Royal Victorian Order recognize extraordinary, important or personal services to the Sovereign, members of the Royal Family or the Sovereign’s representatives. This Order is within the personal gift of His Majesty The King and is administered by the Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood at St. James's Palace in London, England. In Canada, the three lower levels of the Order (Commander, Lieutenant, and Member) are part of the Canadian Honours System.


The insignia of the Order consists of a Maltese cross of eight points which bears the Royal Cypher of Queen Victoria —VRI (Victoria Regina Imperatrix) in gold in its center, on a crimson enamelled background, surrounded by a annulus enameled blue which bears the inscription " VICTORIA " in gold letters, the annulus being surmounted by the Imperial State Crown.

Lieutenants receive a 44.5 mm badge with the arms of the cross enameled white.

The ribbon of the Order is 32 mm wide, blue in colour edged by three equal stripes of red, white, and red (1 mm).


There is no bar to the Royal Victorian Order, but one can be promoted within the Order.


The insignia of Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order shall be worn following that of Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces in the sequence prescribed in the Canadian Orders, Decorations and Medals Directive, and in the following manner: worn on the left breast, suspended from the ribbon described above.


Recipients are entitled to use the post-nominal letters “LVO”.

Historical notes

Between 1 July 1972 and 8 September 2022, 65 Canadians have been appointed Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order.

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