St Paul’s Cathedral has been here for over 1,400 years. It has been built and rebuilt five times, and always its main purpose has been as a
place of worship and prayer.
St Paul's, with its world-famous dome, is an iconic feature of the London skyline. Step inside and you can enjoy the Cathedral's awe-inspiring
interior, and uncover fascinating stories about its history.
Learning & Faith
Lifelong learning is a core part of the our work, delivered through a variety of events by St Paul's Institute, and the
Cathedral's Adult Learning and Schools & Family Learning departments.
History & Collections
For more than 1,400 years, a Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has stood at the highest point in the City. The present Cathedral is the
masterpiece of Britain's most famous architect Sir Christopher Wren.
Behind the scenes, the cost of caring for St Paul's and continuing to deliver our central ministry and work is enormous and the generosity of
our supporters is critical.
Widely considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful buildings and a powerful symbol of the splendour of London, St Paul’s Cathedral is a
breathtaking events venue.
Order of St Michael and St George marks bicentary in a service of commemoration and dedication
28 June 2018
The Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George celebrated its 200th anniversary in a service of commemoration and dedication attended by
His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent, the Grand Master of the Order.
The service on Thursday 28 June 2018 was attended by 2,000 people including those who are holders of the Order awards.
Before the service, the Officers of the Order gathered in the Chapel of the Order for the installation of Dame DeAnne Julius as Lady Usher of the
Blue Rod and Sir Simon McDonald as Secretary.
In a moment of solemn thanksgiving for all members of the Order, the banners of Knights Grand Cross who have died since the last Ceremonial Service
were symbolically laid on the Dome altar.
The Order of St Michael and St George rewards service in a foreign country, or in relation to foreign and Commonwealth affairs.
The Order of St Michael and St George
Both before and after the Norman Conquest, and up to the Reign of King George I, it was customary for The Sovereign to confer a degree of
Knighthood on those who had served the nation with distinction in military spheres. Later, civilian as well as military Orders of Chivalry were
In this tradition, the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George was founded by The Prince Regent, afterwards King George IV, in 1818 to
commemorate the Ionian Islands being placed under British protection and Malta being placed under British Sovereignty and to reward meritorious
services in these islands – St Michael, a martial figure, and St George, the Patron Saint of England.
In 1818 the Statutes enacted that the reigning Sovereign of the United Kingdom should be the Sovereign of the Order. The Offices of Grand Master
and Chancellor, appointed by The Sovereign, have in the past been drawn from among those who have experienced leadership in the Empire or
Commonwealth. The first British Prelate was Bishop George Augustus Selwyn, Bishop of New Zealand, appointed on his return to England in 1877 as
Bishop of Lichfield; since when overseas service has been the normal requirement of successive Prelates.
After the termination of the British protection of the Ionian Islands, the Order was placed on a new basis in 1868, when it was extended and made
to provide for “such subjects of the Crown as may have held or shall hold high and confidential offices within Her Majesty’s Colonial possessions
and in reward for services in relation to the foreign affairs of the Empire”.
The distinctly religious basis of the Order was endorsed by establishing its own Chapel with St Paul’s Cathedral in 1906 and in more recent years
by the Services of Commemoration and Dedication and the special Evensongs for the Order, held in the Cathedral itself. In 1968 Her Majesty
confirmed that the Dean of St Paul’s should be the ex-officio Dean of the Order.
The Chapel of St Michael and St George, off the south aisle, was originally the consistory court in which cases of ecclesiastical law were heard.
Renamed in 1906 and dedicated to St Michael and St George, it is the spiritual home of the Order of St Michael and St George. Amongst the chapel
stalls are banners of current knights and officers of the Order.