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THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE ORDER OF SAINT JOHN, AT SAINT JOHN'S GATE
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The Crucifix in the garden at St John's Gate


The original Grand Priory of England of the Crusader Order of Saint John was established in Clerkenwell, on the north of the City of London in 1144. These buildings were acquired for the Order in 1874 by Sir Edward Lechmere, then the Order's Secretary-General and have been occupied by the headquarters of the Order since that date.

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Saint John's Gate, Clerkenwell


THE SOVEREIGN HEAD OF THE ORDER

The Sovereign head of the Order is the Sovereign of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, H.M. Queen Elizabeth II, in succession to Queen Victoria, who granted the Order the Royal Charter of Foundation in 1888. She succeeded her father, King George VI, in 1952.

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The Great Hall of Saint John's Gate with the Painting of the Sovereign of the Order


CHRISTIAN CHARACTER OF THE ORDER
The Order remains a Christian brotherhood whose objects and purposes are the encouragement of all that makes for the spiritual and moral strengthening of mankind in accordance with the first great principle of the Order embodied in the Motto "Pro Fide"; the encouragement and promotion of all work of humanity and charity for the relief of persons in sickness, distress, suffering or danger, without distinction of race, class or creed and the extension of the second great principle of the Order embodied in the Motto "Pro Utilitate Hominum"; the rendering of aid to the sick, wounded, disabled or suffering and the promotion of such permanent organisation during times of peace as may be at once available in times of civil emergencies or war, including the training and provision of technical reserves for the medical services of the Armed Forces or any Civil Defence Organisations; the award of medals, badges or certificates of honour for special services in the cause of humanity, especially for saving life at imminent personal risk; the maintenance and development of the St. John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem and the clinics and research projects connected therewith; and the maintenance and development of the St. John Ambulance.

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The interior of the Church of the Order, with the Banners of the Bailiffs Grand Cross


THE PRIORIES
Since the reforms of the Order's Charter and Statutes by the present Queen in 1999, the Order now has Priories of England, Scotland, Wales, Australia and Canada, for South Africa, in New Zealand and the United States, and Commanderies in Northern Ireland (of Ards), and Western Australia and some forty national councils.

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The Garden of the Church of the Order, Saint John's Gate


THE GREAT OFFICERS OF THE ORDER
The Grand Prior of the Order, nominated by the Queen as Sovereign Head, is His Royal Highness Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester . Ranking immediately below him is the Lord Prior, with two Deputy Lord Priors, and the Prelate.

THE GRAND COUNCIL
This is the governing body of the Order and may deliberate upon and make recommendations to the Grand Prior regarding all matters which appertain to the affairs or work of the Order.

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The Grand Council of the Order 2002. The Lord Priory, Lord Vestey, stands in the center and to his left stands first the Prelate of the Order, Bishop John Waine, then the Deputy Lord Prior and future Lord Prior Colonel Eric Barry. To the right of the Lord Prior stands Deputy Lord Prior Prof Anthony Mellowes. To the extreme left of the photo, in the second row, stands the Prior of the Priory in the United States, John R. Drexel IV.


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