Knight Grand Commander
of the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India (G.C.S.I)
The Most Exalted
Order of the Star of India
Founded in 1861 as a reward for services in connection with India. After
the Indian Mutiny of 1857-58, the British Crown accepted responsibility
for the administration of the Indian subcontinent, taking over the duties
from the private trading company, known as the Honourable East India
Company. It was quickly realized that it was necessary to have an order
connected solely with India, as a mark of the Government's esteem for the
loyal princes and others. The insignia are the most magnificent of all
British Orders, especially the Knight Grand Commander (G.C.S.I.), which,
as it was awarded to the Viceroy and Indian princes, was of gold and
enamel, lavishly set with diamonds.
The first class of this
and the Order of the Indian empire was designated Knight Grand Commander,
thus removing the Christian designation of Knight Grand Cross, the Order
being given mainly to Hindus and Muslims.
From: Spink's Catalogue
of British and Associated Orders, Decorations and Medals, 1983.
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