Prince Charles’ wore medals to state banquet but what do they mean?

Prince Charles’ VERY impressive selection of accolades at State Banquet included more than 20 medals, two breast stars and his Order of the Bath Grand Masters badge

  • Prince of Wales, 70, displayed military medals at state dinner with U.S president
  • Charles wore two breast stars as well as his Order of the Garter badge and sash
  • Heir to the throne also had medals commemorating the reign of his mother on 

While guests at last night’s state banquet stepped out in an array of dazzling gowns, Prince Charles put on an equally eye-catching display of his own by wearing many of his medals for dinner with the US president. 

The heir to the throne, 70, displayed medals commemorating the reign of his mother the Queen and his own personal military achievements.

Included in the impressive selection donned for the event at Buckingham Palace was Charles’ Order of the Bath Grand Masters badge which he wore around his neck.

However Prince Charles did not appear to be wearing his RAF Wings to the engagement, which would usually be worn on the right side above a row of ribbons.

Charles did wear his Order of the Garter (Knight) and The Most Ancient and the Most Noble Order of the Thistle (Knight) under his medals.

Here, FEMAIL takes a closer look at the medals worn by Prince Charles and reveals what they represent.  

The heir to the throne the Order of the Bath (1) and several medals including what appeared to be Extraordinary Companion of the Order of Canada (2) the Queen’s Coronation medal (3) the Silver Jubilee medal (4), a Diamond Jubilee medal (5) and the New Zealand forces decoration (6) Also seen was a medal for Long Service Good Conduct (7). He also wore two breast stars, for Order of the Garter (Knight) (8) and The Most Ancient and the Most Noble Order of the Thistle (Knight) (9) under his row of medals and ribbons

Prince Charles, 70, pictured with U.S. First Lady Melania Trump, donned several medals as well as two breast stars for the state banquet at Buckingham Palace in London last night

Order of the Bath 

The Order of the Bath is the fourth-most senior of the British Orders of Chivalry and Charles received the honour in 1974

This order of chivalry was founded by George I on 18 May 1725. The order consists of the Sovereign, the grand master, Prince Charles, and three Classes of members.

The name is said to come from the medieval ceremony for appointing a knight,  which involved bathing to purify.  

The Order of the Bath is the fourth-most senior of the British Orders of Chivalry. 

Prince Charles received the honour in 1974. 

Extraordinary Companion of the Order of Canada 

The Extraordinary Companion of the Order of Canada, pictured, was created in 1967

The order was created in 1967 as a fellowship that recognises the outstanding service of Canadians who make a major difference to Canada.

It also rewards efforts by non-Canadians who have made the world better by their actions.

Charles was given this honour in 2017. He is also a member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada. 

Queen’s Service Order

The Order was instituted by the Queen in 1975 on the advice of her New Zealand ministers, and The Prince was installed in 1983

The Order was instituted by the Queen in 1975 on the advice of her New Zealand ministers, and the Prince was installed in 1983. 

Coronation Medal 

The Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal was awarded to the Prince to mark the Queen’s coronation in 1953

This was awarded to the Prince to mark the Queen’s coronation in 1953. 

Silver Jubilee Medal 

Awarded to Prince Charles in 1977 to mark his mother’s 25-year reign as Queen

Awarded to Prince Charles in 1977 to mark his mother’s 25-year reign as Queen. 

Golden Jubilee Medal 2002

Given to the Prince of Wales in 2002 for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee

Given to the Prince of Wales in 2002 for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.  

Diamond Jubilee Medal 2012

To mark 60 the Queen’s 60 years on the throne, Prince Charles was given the Diamond Jubilee Medal

To mark the Queen’s 60 years on the throne, Prince Charles was given the Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Long Service Good Conduct Medal

Awarded to the Prince last year. The medals, which recognise the good conduct of armed forces personnel over a 15-year period, have now been extended to include military officers

Awarded to the Prince last year, the medals, which recognise the good conduct of armed forces personnel over a 15-year period, have now been extended to include military officers.

They are believed to be the oldest medal still being awarded, and can be traced back to 1830.

Canadian Forces Decoration 

Prince Charles was awarded a second clasp to his Canadian Forces Decoration medal in recognition of his 32 years of honorary service as Colonel In Chief of the Royal Canadian Regiment

Prince Charles was awarded a second clasp to his Canadian Forces Decoration medal in recognition of his 32 years of honorary service as Colonel In Chief of the Royal Canadian Regiment.

He was first given the medal in 1991. 

The New Zealand Commemorative Medal 

These medals were only awarded in 1990 and marks the Prince’s special relationship with New Zealand

These medals were only awarded in 1990 and marks the Prince’s special relationship with New Zealand.

New Zealand Armed Forces

The New Zealand Armed Forces Award is a circular silver medal. It was given to Prince Charles in 2012

The New Zealand Armed Forces Award is a circular silver medal. The obverse bears the crowned effigy of Her Majesty The Queen surrounded by the inscription ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA FID. DEF.

Prince Charles was given the award in 2012.   

The Most Notable Order of the Garter (Knight)

The Order of the Garter – formally the Most Noble Order of the Garter – is an order of chivalry founded by Edward III in 1348 and regarded as the most prestigious British order of chivalry

The Order of the Garter – formally the Most Noble Order of the Garter – is an order of chivalry founded by Edward III in 1348 and regarded as the most prestigious British order of chivalry. Appointments are made at the Sovereign’s sole discretion.

Membership of the Order is limited to the Sovereign, the Prince of Wales, and no more than 24 living members, or Companions.

Prince Charles was inducted into the order in 1968.

The Most Ancient and the Most Noble Order of the Thistle (Knight)

The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle was was founded in 1687 by King James VII of Scotland.

The Order consists of the Sovereign and sixteen Knights and Ladies, as well as certain ‘extra’ knights (members of the British Royal Family and foreign monarchs).

The Sovereign alone grants membership of the Order. Prince Charles was made a member of the Order in 1977.

Prince Charles also has decorations and medals from countries including Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Canada and Saskatchewan.

Only last year he was appointed Honorary Companion of the Order of the Star of Ghana and the badge is a star with 7 thick points, with in its center, an eagle and a 5-points star.

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