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OP earns Royal promotion

Josh Puls, a final year Parade College student of 1990, has been promoted to the Royal Victorian Order, as conferred by the reigning monarch on those who have performed personal service for the sovereign, any member of his or her family, or any of his or her viceroys.

Josh, the Executive Director, Cabinet Office, Victoria, earned the promotion to the order having served as Assistant Private Secretary (Commonwealth) to The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and, before that, as Assistant Official Secretary to the Governor of Victoria.

“I am incredibly humbled that the Queen has given me this honour. I never could have imagined when I was at school that one day I would be working at the Palace for The Prince of Wales. You never know where life will take you!”

The Royal Victorian Order, according to Wikipedia, is a dynastic order of knighthood established in 1896 by Queen Victoria. It recognises distinguished personal service to the monarch of the Commonwealth realms, members of the monarch’s family, or to any viceroy or senior representative of the monarch.

The present monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, is the Sovereign of the order, its motto is Victoria, and its official day is June 20. The order’s chapel is the Savoy Chapel in London.

There are no limits on the number of persons honoured, and admission remains the personal gift of the monarch, with each of the order’s five grades and one medal with three levels representing different levels of service.

While all those honoured may use the prescribed styles of the order—the top two grades grant titles of knighthood, and all grades accord distinct post-nominal letters—the Royal Victorian Order’s precedence amongst other honours differs from realm to realm and admission to some grades may be barred to citizens of those realms by government policy.
All living citizens of any Commonwealth realm, including women since 1936, are eligible for any of the five levels of the order, save for Canadians.

Persons have been removed from the order at the monarch’s command. Anthony Blunt, a former surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures, was in 1979 stripped of his knighthood, after it was revealed that he had been a spy. Also, William Pottinger, a senior civil servant, in 1975 lost his membership in both the Order of the Bath and the Royal Victorian Order when he was jailed for corruptly receiving gifts from the architect John Poulson.


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