Saturday, January 01, 2022

Baroness Amos appointed a Lady of the Order of the Garter

 It was announced on 1 January, 2022, that Baroness Amos, CH, PC, has been appointed a Lady of the Most Noble Order of the Garter. It is likely that she will be invested and installed at St George's Chapel, Windsor, in June.

Baroness Amos, 67, is a Labour Party politician and diplomat who served as the eighth UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. Before her appointment to the UN, she served as British High Commissioner to Australia. She was created a life peer in 1997, serving as Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council from 2003 to 2007. Since September 2020, Baroness Amos has been Master of University College, Oxford, succeeding Sir Ivor Crewe and becoming the first-ever black head of an Oxford college, as well as the first female appointed to the post.

Some organs of the Press reported that Valerie Amos is the first 'black' recipient of England's highest order of chivalry. This is not so. Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia, was appointed to the order in 1954. He died in 1975.

Knights and Lady Companions of the Order of the Garter number 24. The appointment of Baroness Amos and Sir Tony Blair to the order bring the number of current knights/ladies to 21. Three vacancies remain.


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