Collar day

Collar days are designated days on which the collar forming part of the insignia of certain members of British orders of knighthood may be worn. Collars are special large and elaborate ceremonial metal chains worn over the shoulders, hanging equally over the front and back, often tied with a bow at the shoulders, with a distinctive pendant attached to the front.

Collar days in the United Kingdom

Collars are worn by members of the Order of the Garter, the Order of the Thistle; and Knights Grand Cross of other orders. Of these, the only currently active orders are the Order of the Bath, the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, the Order of the British Empire, and the Royal Victorian Order. The Order of Saint Patrick, the Order of the Star of India and the Order of the Indian Empire are now in abeyance. The collar can be worn on specific 'Collar Days' throughout the year.

Collar Days, in accordance with instructions of the Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood[1][2][3] are:

datedaystatus
variableEaster Sundaycurrent[1]
variableEaster Mondayabeyance[1][2]
variableEaster Tuesdayabeyance[1][2]
variableAscension Daycurrent[1]
variableWhit Sundaycurrent[1]
variableWhit Mondayabeyance[1][2]
variableWhit Tuesdayabeyance[1][2]
variableTrinity Sundaycurrent[1]
1 JanuaryNew Year's Daycurrent[1]
6 JanuaryEpiphanycurrent[1]
25 JanuaryConversion of St Paulcurrent[1]
2 FebruaryPresentation of Christ in the Temple (also called Candlemas)current[1]
6 FebruaryThe Queen’s Accessioncurrent[1]
24 FebruarySt Matthias' Daycurrent[1][2]
1 MarchSt David's Daycurrent[1]
17 MarchSt Patrick's Daycurrent[1]
25 MarchLady Day (also called Annunciation Day)current[1]
21 AprilThe Queen’s Birthdaycurrent[1]
23 AprilSt George's Daycurrent[1]
25 AprilSt Mark's Dayabeyance[1][2]
1 MaySt Philip and St James' Dayabeyance[1][2]
29 MayRestoration of the Royal Familycurrent[1]
2 JuneThe Queen’s Coronationcurrent[1]
10 JuneThe Duke of Edinburgh’s Birthdaycurrent[1]
24 JuneSt John the Baptist's Daycurrent[1]
29 JuneSt Peter's Dayabeyance[1][2]
25 JulySt James' Dayabeyance[1][2]
4 AugustQueen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother’s Birthdaycurrent[1]
6 AugustTransfiguration Daycurrent[1]
24 AugustSt Bartholomew's Dayabeyance[1][2]
21 SeptemberSt Matthew's Daycurrent[1][2]
29 SeptemberSt Michael and All Angels' Daycurrent[1]
18 OctoberSt Luke's Dayabeyance[1][2]
28 OctoberSt Simon and St Jude's Dayabeyance[1][2]
1 NovemberAll Saints' Daycurrent[1]
30 NovemberSt Andrew's Daycurrent[1]
21 DecemberSt Thomas' Dayabeyance[1][2]
25 DecemberChristmas Daycurrent[1]
26 DecemberSt Stephen's Daycurrent[1]
28 DecemberInnocents' Daycurrent[1]

Collars are also worn when the Queen opens or prorogues Parliament, and a few other observances; including religious services of the various orders, and by those taking part in the Ceremony of Introduction of a Peer in the House of Lords.[1][2][4]

Collars are not normally worn after sunset, nor while mounted in parades such as the Trooping the Colour. Even if a bearer is entitled to more than one collar, only one may be worn at a time. The riband with badge cannot be worn with the collar, but that of another order is allowed.[1][2]

References

  • De la Bere, Ivan (1964). The Queen's Orders of Chivalry. London: Spring Books. 
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