15 January 2013
THE QUEEN has been graciously pleased to confer the Royal Victorian Chain upon the undermentioned:
The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Rowan Douglas WILLIAMS, Lord Archbishop of Canterbury.
The Royal Victorian Chain is an award, instituted in 1902 by King Edward VII as a personal award of the Monarch. Although it is similar in appearance to the Royal Victorian Order, this highly coveted award does not constitute part of that Order of Knighthood.
The Royal Victorian Chain does not confer upon its recipients any style or title - in fact, the Chain is not even given a precedence within any Commonwealth honours system - but it represents a personal token of high distinction and esteem from the Monarch.
The Royal Victorian Chain must be returned to the Monarch upon the death of the recipient.