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"Captivating Moments of Investiture: A Glimpse into Ceremonial Prestige" Step into the world of investiture

Background imageInvestiture Collection: Sultan Mehmed V Reshad of Turkey - Investiture Card

Sultan Mehmed V Reshad of Turkey - Investiture Card
Sultan Mehmed V Reshad of Turkey (1844 - 1918). Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1909 until his death in 1918, Mehmed - original name Mehmed Resad - spent much of his life in seclusion until

Background imageInvestiture Collection: King and Queen leaving St. George's Chapel, 1911. Creator: Bain News Service

King and Queen leaving St. George's Chapel, 1911. Creator: Bain News Service
King and Queen leaving St. George's Chapel, 1911. Shows the soon-to-be King of England, George V, and his wife Mary of Teck leaving the St

Background imageInvestiture Collection: Mr Roy Bohana, musical director of the Welsh Arts Council

Mr Roy Bohana, musical director of the Welsh Arts Council, rehearses the special investiture choir at John Phillips Hall, Bangor Normal College. June 1969

Background imageInvestiture Collection: Costumes of the 13th century, 1889 (chromolithograph)

Costumes of the 13th century, 1889 (chromolithograph)
5912593 Costumes of the 13th century, 1889 (chromolithograph); (add.info.: Costumes of the 13th century. A prince and two knights swearing allegiance to a king, the investiture of a knight)

Background imageInvestiture Collection: The Investiture of Edward the Black Prince as a Knight of the Garter, 1346 (colour litho)

The Investiture of Edward the Black Prince as a Knight of the Garter, 1346 (colour litho)
8661462 The Investiture of Edward the Black Prince as a Knight of the Garter, 1346 (colour litho) by Cope, Charles West (1811-90) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageInvestiture Collection: The ceremony of knighting (engraving)

The ceremony of knighting (engraving)
8636263 The ceremony of knighting (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The ceremony of knighting)

Background imageInvestiture Collection: History of Saint Piat and Saint Eleuthere, also called tapestry of Arras

History of Saint Piat and Saint Eleuthere, also called tapestry of Arras. Ordered from canon Toussaint Prier
7209574 History of Saint Piat and Saint Eleuthere, also called tapestry of Arras. Ordered from canon Toussaint Prier, chaplain of the duke of Burgundy

Background imageInvestiture Collection: Tapestry of the election as Tsar of Mikhail Fyodorovich from the St. Petersburg factory, c.1828

Tapestry of the election as Tsar of Mikhail Fyodorovich from the St. Petersburg factory, c.1828
BOO67260 Tapestry of the election as Tsar of Mikhail Fyodorovich from the St. Petersburg factory, c.1828; 276x355 cm; Kremlin Museums, Moscow, Russia

Background imageInvestiture Collection: Historical Panels from the Hall of the Baker's Company (engraving)

Historical Panels from the Hall of the Baker's Company (engraving)
8627593 Historical Panels from the Hall of the Baker's Company (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageInvestiture Collection: Investiture of legion of Honour upon President Emile Francois Loubet, 1899

Investiture of legion of Honour upon President Emile Francois Loubet, 1899
3480898 Investiture of legion of Honour upon President Emile Francois Loubet, 1899; (add.info.: Investiture of legion of Honour upon President Emile Francois Loubet (1838 - 1929) in 1899

Background imageInvestiture Collection: Investiture in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, 26 September 1917 (b/w photo)

Investiture in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, 26 September 1917 (b/w photo)
8641392 Investiture in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, 26 September 1917 (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageInvestiture Collection: Ceremony awarding decorations to military servicemen and their families, Hyde Park, World War I

Ceremony awarding decorations to military servicemen and their families, Hyde Park, World War I, 1917 (b/w photo)
8626487 Ceremony awarding decorations to military servicemen and their families, Hyde Park, World War I, 1917 (b/w photo) by English Photographer

Background imageInvestiture Collection: The Prince of Wales, future King Edward VII, investing the Maharaja of Jaipur, Ram Singh II

The Prince of Wales, future King Edward VII, investing the Maharaja of Jaipur, Ram Singh II
3062104 The Prince of Wales, future King Edward VII, investing the Maharaja of Jaipur, Ram Singh II, with the Order of the Star of India, Calcutta, India 1st January

Background imageInvestiture Collection: The Prince of Wales knighting the Right Hon. W. H. Gregory... 1876. Creator: Unknown

The Prince of Wales knighting the Right Hon. W. H. Gregory... 1876. Creator: Unknown
The Prince of Wales knighting the Right Hon. W. H. Gregory, Governor of Ceylon, in the Hall of the Old Kandyan Kings, from a sketch by one of our special artists, 1876

Background imageInvestiture Collection: The Prince of Wales Investing a Native Prince with the Grand Cross of the Star of India... 1876

The Prince of Wales Investing a Native Prince with the Grand Cross of the Star of India... 1876. Creator: C.R
The Prince of Wales Investing a Native Prince with the Grand Cross of the Star of India at Calcutta, 1876. The future King Edward VII bestows a decoration on an Indian ruler

Background imageInvestiture Collection: The Legates of Alexander the Great Investing the Gardener Abdalonymus with the Insignia of

The Legates of Alexander the Great Investing the Gardener Abdalonymus with the Insignia of the Kings Creator
The Legates of Alexander the Great Investing the Gardener Abdalonymus with the Insignia of the Kingship of Sidon, c.1645-c.1650

Background imageInvestiture Collection: Grand Banquet to the Knights of St. Patrick, in Dublin Castle, 1857. Creator: Unknown

Grand Banquet to the Knights of St. Patrick, in Dublin Castle, 1857. Creator: Unknown
Grand Banquet to the Knights of St. Patrick, in Dublin Castle, 1857. A grand Chapter of the Most Illustrious Order of St. Patrick was held...in the Presence Chamber...for the investure of the Earl of

Background imageInvestiture Collection: H.R.H. The Prince of Russia Investing H.R.H. The Prince of Wales with the Order of the... 1891

H.R.H. The Prince of Russia Investing H.R.H. The Prince of Wales with the Order of the... 1891. Creator: Unknown
H.R.H. The Prince of Russia Investing H.R.H. The Prince of Wales with the Order of the Black Eagle in Berlin, 1891. From "The Graphic. An Illustrated Weekly Newspaper", Volume 44

Background imageInvestiture Collection: Investiture Certificate of Sister Maria Theresa Baglioni, June 5, 1717. Creator: Unknown

Investiture Certificate of Sister Maria Theresa Baglioni, June 5, 1717. Creator: Unknown
Investiture Certificate of Sister Maria Theresa Baglioni, June 5, 1717

Background imageInvestiture Collection: General view of Caernarfon Castle pictured on the day of the Investiture of Prince

General view of Caernarfon Castle pictured on the day of the Investiture of Prince Charles at Caernarfon Castle. Caernarfon, Wales. 1st July 1969

Background imageInvestiture Collection: Sitting in the front, Princess Anne, The Queen Mother, Princess Margaret

Sitting in the front, Princess Anne, The Queen Mother, Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon at the Investiture of Prince Charles at Caernarfon Castle. Caernarfon, Wales. 1st July 1969

Background imageInvestiture Collection: The Investiture of Prince Charles at Caernarfon Castle. Caernarfon, Wales

The Investiture of Prince Charles at Caernarfon Castle. Caernarfon, Wales. Prince Charles kneels before the HRH Queen Elizabeth II. 1st July 1969

Background imageInvestiture Collection: The Two Ronnies (Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett), after receiving their decorations

The Two Ronnies (Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett), after receiving their decorations from the Queen at Buckingham Palace. 7th February 1978

Background imageInvestiture Collection: Saber with Scabbard... 19th century. Creator: Unknown

Saber with Scabbard... 19th century. Creator: Unknown
Saber with Scabbard, grip, Indian; guard, scabbard, and decoration on blade, Turkish; blade, Iranian, grip, 18th or 19th century; guard and scabbard, 19th century; blade, dated A.H. 1099/A.D

Background imageInvestiture Collection: Prince of Wales investiture, eight reportage photographs

Prince of Wales investiture, eight reportage photographs of scenes from the investiture, Carnarvon Castle, Wales. Captioned, Cool or Nervous

Background imageInvestiture Collection: Scene from The Faithful Heart

Scene from The Faithful Heart
A scene from the film The Faithful Heart depicting a fictional Victoria Cross investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Date: 1932

Background imageInvestiture Collection: King George VI inspecting the Yeomen of the Guard

King George VI inspecting the Yeomen of the Guard
King George VI (1895-1952) inspecting the Yeomen of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. The Yeomen are under the Captaincy of Arthur Chichester, Colonel The Lord Templemore (1880-1953). Date: 1939

Background imageInvestiture Collection: Our Crowned and Consecrated King and Queen in the State Coach During the Coronation Procession

Our Crowned and Consecrated King and Queen in the State Coach During the Coronation Procession on 12th May 1937
HJA247932 Our Crowned and Consecrated King and Queen in the State Coach During the Coronation Procession on 12th May 1937, from The Sketch, 19th May 1937 (colour litho) by Michael, Arthur C

Background imageInvestiture Collection: An Investiture at Windsor (engraving)

An Investiture at Windsor (engraving)
1603773 An Investiture at Windsor (engraving) by Wilson, Thomas Walter (1851-1912); Private Collection; (add.info.: An Investiture at Windsor)

Background imageInvestiture Collection: Investiture of German Chancellor Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg (colour litho)

Investiture of German Chancellor Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg (colour litho)
7201355 Investiture of German Chancellor Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg (colour litho) by Juttner, Franz (1865-1925); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageInvestiture Collection: The Investiture of Archbishop Vaughan with the Pallium (engraving)

The Investiture of Archbishop Vaughan with the Pallium (engraving)
1603478 The Investiture of Archbishop Vaughan with the Pallium (engraving) by Wilson, Thomas Walter (1851-1912); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageInvestiture Collection: The Accolade (colour litho)

The Accolade (colour litho)
670129 The Accolade (colour litho) by Moreland, Arthur (1876-1951); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Accolade. Illustration for Humors of History (Sully and Ford, c 1905).); © Look and Learn

Background imageInvestiture Collection: The Investiture of the Earl of Portarlington with the Order of St Patrick in Dublin Castle

The Investiture of the Earl of Portarlington with the Order of St Patrick in Dublin Castle (engraving)
1058760 The Investiture of the Earl of Portarlington with the Order of St Patrick in Dublin Castle (engraving) by Durand, Godefroy (1832-1896); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageInvestiture Collection: Conduct: cartoon on the appointment of the Chancellor of Germany (colour litho)

Conduct: cartoon on the appointment of the Chancellor of Germany (colour litho)
7201356 Conduct: cartoon on the appointment of the Chancellor of Germany (colour litho) by Wellner, Wilhelm Anton (1859-1939); Private Collection; (add.info.: Conduct)

Background imageInvestiture Collection: King Edward I presenting his infant son to the Welsh as their prince, 1301 (engraving)

King Edward I presenting his infant son to the Welsh as their prince, 1301 (engraving)
7149386 King Edward I presenting his infant son to the Welsh as their prince, 1301 (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageInvestiture Collection: The Prince Of Wales in his investiture robes (b / w photo)

The Prince Of Wales in his investiture robes (b / w photo)
3656685 The Prince Of Wales in his investiture robes (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Prince Of Wales in his investiture robes)

Background imageInvestiture Collection: The Investiture of Earl Lucan as a Knight of the Order of St Patrick (b / w photo)

The Investiture of Earl Lucan as a Knight of the Order of St Patrick (b / w photo)
1051610 The Investiture of Earl Lucan as a Knight of the Order of St Patrick (b/w photo) by English photographer, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageInvestiture Collection: The Royal Visit to Dublin, Investiture of Lords Powerscourt and Southwell as Knights of St Patrick

The Royal Visit to Dublin, Investiture of Lords Powerscourt and Southwell as Knights of St Patrick (engraving)
1057352 The Royal Visit to Dublin, Investiture of Lords Powerscourt and Southwell as Knights of St Patrick (engraving) by English School

Background imageInvestiture Collection: Investiture of King Humbert IV of Italy with the Order of the Garter

Investiture of King Humbert IV of Italy with the Order of the Garter, the Procession in the Quirinal Palace (engraving)
1049978 Investiture of King Humbert IV of Italy with the Order of the Garter, the Procession in the Quirinal Palace (engraving) by English School

Background imageInvestiture Collection: John O Connell in Coventry and London (engraving)

John O Connell in Coventry and London (engraving)
1101097 John O Connell in Coventry and London (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: John O Connell in Coventry and London)

Background imageInvestiture Collection: Prince Edward, the Black Prince, being knighted by his father, King Edward III

Prince Edward, the Black Prince, being knighted by his father, King Edward III
LLM455835 Prince Edward, the Black Prince, being knighted by his father, King Edward III by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Prince Edward, the Black Prince)

Background imageInvestiture Collection: Ceremony of Knighting (engraving)

Ceremony of Knighting (engraving)
2813450 Ceremony of Knighting (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Ceremony of Knighting)

Background imageInvestiture Collection: Investiture of a Saxon Bishop (engraving)

Investiture of a Saxon Bishop (engraving)
2792883 Investiture of a Saxon Bishop (engraving) by Townsend, Frederick Henry (1868-1920); Private Collection; (add.info.: Investiture of a Saxon Bishop)

Background imageInvestiture Collection: The Great South Sea Caterpillar, transformed into a Bath Butterfly, pub

The Great South Sea Caterpillar, transformed into a Bath Butterfly, pub
3025384 The Great South Sea Caterpillar, transformed into a Bath Butterfly, pub. 1792 (hand coloured engraving) by Gillray

Background imageInvestiture Collection: Investiture of Frederick I of the house of Hohenzollern as Elector of Brandenburg at the Council

Investiture of Frederick I of the house of Hohenzollern as Elector of Brandenburg at the Council of Constance
3101033 Investiture of Frederick I of the house of Hohenzollern as Elector of Brandenburg at the Council of Constance, 18 April 1417 (colour litho) by German School

Background imageInvestiture Collection: Investiture of Marshal MacMahon with the Spanish Order of the Golden Fleece (engraving)

Investiture of Marshal MacMahon with the Spanish Order of the Golden Fleece (engraving)
1611745 Investiture of Marshal MacMahon with the Spanish Order of the Golden Fleece (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageInvestiture Collection: Investiture of His Royal Highness Prince Frederick William of Prussia with the Order of the Garter

Investiture of His Royal Highness Prince Frederick William of Prussia with the Order of the Garter (engraving)
1609349 Investiture of His Royal Highness Prince Frederick William of Prussia with the Order of the Garter (engraving) by English School

Background imageInvestiture Collection: Costumes of Count Ernst IV von Gleichen and his wives

Costumes of Count Ernst IV von Gleichen and his wives
Costumes of Count Ernst IV von Gleichen with his first wife Ingeborg and second wife Margaretha, 13th century. Graf Ernst von Gleichen. From the effigy in Erfurt cathedral



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"Captivating Moments of Investiture: A Glimpse into Ceremonial Prestige" Step into the world of investiture, where grandeur and tradition intertwine to honor individuals with prestigious titles and decorations. From the opulent halls of Caernarfon Castle to the regal processions through the streets, these captivating moments capture the essence of investiture. In one frame, Sultan Mehmed V Reshad of Turkey proudly displays his investiture card, a symbol of his esteemed position. The Prince of Wales investiture unfolds in eight reportage photographs, each freeze-framing history in motion. Meanwhile, a scene from "The Faithful Heart" transports us to an era when investitures were depicted on-screen for all to witness. King George VI inspects the Yeomen of the Guard with utmost dignity and grace—a testament to their unwavering loyalty. The ceremony itself comes alive as we witness a knight being invested with great honor and solemnity. A 19th-century saber with scabbard stands as a timeless artifact—an emblematic representation of chivalry and valor associated with such ceremonies. Mr Roy Bohana's musical prowess echoes through time as he directs performances at the Welsh Arts Council. Caernarfon Castle becomes an enchanting backdrop for Prince Charles' momentous investiture—a celebration that forever etches his name in history. Even comedic legends like The Two Ronnies find themselves adorned after receiving their well-deserved decorations. Delving further back in time, we catch a glimpse into Westminster Hall during an 18th-century call of sergeants—an occasion steeped in tradition and reverence. And who can forget the iconic State Coach procession during King George VI's coronation? Finally, an engraving takes us inside Windsor Castle during another illustrious investiture—where nobles gather under ornate ceilings to pay homage to those deserving recognition, and are not merely ceremonies; they are moments that encapsulate the essence of honor, achievement, and tradition.