The Royal Victorian Order is a dynastic order of knighthood and a house order of chivalry recognising distinguished personal service to the order’s Sovereign, the reigning monarch of the Commonwealth realms, any members of her family, or any of her viceroys. As the Sultan of Perak, Almarhum Sultan Idris I was appointed Knight Grand Cross of The Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) by George V in 1913. Established in 1896, the order’s motto is Victoria, alluding to the society’s founder, Queen Victoria.
Upon admission into the Royal Victorian Order, members are gifted various insignia of the organization, each grade being represented by different emblems and robes. Common for all members is the badge, which is a maltese cross with a central medallion depicting on a red background the Royal Cypher of Queen Victoria surrounded by a blue ring bearing the motto of the order – VICTORIA – and surmounted by a tudor crown. Knights and Dames Grand Cross wear the badge on a sash passing from the right shoulder to the left hip.