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Royal Victorian Medal


Queen Victoria established the Royal Victorian Medal in April 1896 as a reward for personal service to the Sovereign or the Royal Family, and as a mark of royal esteem. The Medal is conferred upon civilians and non-commissioned military personnel. Although the Medal is related to the Royal Victorian Order, it differs in appearance and in the way it is worn.

Recipients are permitted to use the post-nominal R.V.M. Names of the recipients are published in the The Canada Gazette (http://canadagazette.gc.ca)

Royal Victorian Medal

Description: the Medal is awarded in silver gilt (gold), silver and bronze:

  • on the obverse appears the effigy of the reigning Sovereign and an inscription of the current legend, and
  • on the reverse is the Royal Cipher upon an ornamental shield within a laurel wreath
  • a recipient of the Bronze Medal may wear both the Bronze and a subsequent Silver or Gold Medal if it is awarded; Bars may be awarded to each class of Medal for further services, and the Medals may be worn in addition to the insignia of the Royal Victorian Order if the latter is subsequently conferred; in most circumstances, the Silver Medal is awarded
Royal Victorian Medal

Wearing: as prescribed in the protocol for Wearing of Orders, Decorations and Medals (http://www.gg.ca/honours/pdf/wearing_e.pdf)

Related Information

For more information, please see the Department of National Defence Web site for Canadian Forces Honours and Awards: http://www.forces.gc.ca/hr/dhr-ddhr/eng/home_e.asp

Updated: 2018-03-26
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