Order of the Thistle

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Order of the Thistle

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(Heraldry) an ancient Scottish order of knighthood revived by James VII of Scotland in 1687. It consists of the sovereign, 16 knights brethren, and extra members created by statute. It is the equivalent of the Order of the Garter, and is usually conferred on Scots. Also called: the Thistle
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England's King Already known as - hold your breath now - His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Meirioneth, Baron Greenwich, Royal Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, Grand Master and First and Principal Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire, Member of the Order of Merit, Companion of the Order of Australia, Extra Companion of the Queen's Service Order, Royal Chief of the Order of Logohu, Canadian Forces Decoration, Lord of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council, Privy Councillor of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, and Personal Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty, you'd have thought he had quite enough.
It got to the bit where her titles were read out in full: "Lady of the Most Noble Order of The Garter, Lady of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, Lady of the Imperial Order of the Crown of India, Grand Master and Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, etc, etc.
The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle is the highest royal accolade bestowed in Scotland and second only to the Order of the Garter in terms of distinction.

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