For many royal fans, King Charles hosting his first state visit since his Coronation is a spectacle worth fawning over - but one particular detail has left some disappointed.
A Royal Family Order (RFO) is a decoration - like a brooch - and is a gift from the head of the Royal Family, presented to other members, particularly female relatives, as good measure. Although it’s not an official state decoration, it can be worn on official state occasions, on the left shoulder.
The tradition started in 1821, with the RFO of George IV, and continued to Queen Elizabeth II, who is the most recent monarch with an RFO. The Order’s are decorated with a tudor crown and diamonds on the exterior, and finished off with a pastel yellow ribbon.
Princess Kate was the last known recipient of the RFO, who received her Order in 2017 for consistent work and support of the Queen. Meghan Markle did not receive the Order, as the Order is only gifted on discretion of the monarch.
Following the Coronation of King Charles earlier this year, many have been wondering when his order will be debuted.
One avid royal fan wrote on X (formerly Twitter): “Will we finally see the Royal Family Order of King Charles III tomorrow night during the state banquet on occasion of the South Korean state visit? Queen Camilla and other ladies will wear that one together with the Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II. It's about time!”
Many others under the post were also eager to see a new Order. One user said: “Its high time. Queen Elizabeth II's was first presented to recipients at Christmas in 1952(10 months after her accession, before her coronation). Surely 14 months is enough; one can only hope”.
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Another wrote: “I hope so, it's about time the King's family order makes its debut.”
Unfortunately for expectant fans, the new King Charles’s Royal Family Order did not make an appearance.
Daily Express royal correspondent Richard Palmer said ahead of the event that he understands King Charles’s Royal Family Order will not be debuted at the state banquet tonight. “Some royal fans are likely to be disappointed. I understand there won’t be a new Royal Family Order on show tonight” he posted on X.
He later added: "I’m told there will be a new Royal Family Order for the reign of Charles III but it isn’t ready yet."
Fans have already been responding with their disappointment, with many wondering whether the King will get a Royal Family Order at all.
“Do you have any idea if this means that there will not be a Charles III RFO at all? Or is it still in the making?” one user pondered.
Another user said: " As someone who’s mostly obsessed with the historical aspect of monarchy I am so TIRED of waiting for Charles’ royal family order. Where is it?! What colour will it have? I NEED TO KNOW."
Richard Palmer gave an update on news of a King Charles RFO: "Just returning to this topic and to answer a few questions, I’m told there will be a new Royal Family Order for the reign of Charles III but it isn’t ready yet", he wrote.
Specifics around King Charles’s RFO are not available, but as King Charles continues to dive into his duties as head of state, royal watchers feel it's only a matter of time before an Order is revealed.