HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN
On Friday 9th September 2022, following the very sad death of Her Majesty The Queen, The Knight Principal sent this message of condolence to the Private Secretary to His Majesty The King:
I am writing on behalf of the Council, Officers and Members of The Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor to offer our deepest condolences to His Majesty The King on the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. Our thoughts and prayers are with His Majesty and all Members of The Royal Family during these saddest of times.
I am, Sir,
Your obedient servant,
The Rt Hon Sir Gary Hickinbottom
Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh
The Centenary Service and Dedication of the Chapel of The Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor, St Paul's Cathedral
Thursday 11 November 2008
Welcome to the website of The Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor
For over fifteen hundred years, the honour of Knighthood has been bestowed by our Sovereign on those who have given particular service to the nation. For centuries, that service was usually in arms, as reflected by the designation Knight Bachelor (probably deriving from the Norman French battalere, meaning one who fought on the battlefield) and by the installation as a Knight being effected by the imposition of the royal sword to the shoulder of the individual being honoured.
The Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor was founded in 1908 – being granted the title Imperial by His Majesty King George V – to act as the Registry for Knights Bachelor and to uphold the dignity of the designation. In addition to keeping a Register of all those granted the honour, the Society, a registered charity, now for example maintains the Chapel of Knights Bachelor in St Paul’s Cathedral where it holds its Annual Service of Dedication, and provides guidance and advice on protocol and in relation to the use of the designation.
Thus, the Imperial Society maintains the modern spirit of Knighthood, and its members – all Knights Bachelor – continue their tradition of service.