The very fine Royal Victorian Order 4th Class and Second World War HAC Long Service group awarded to Captain M.A. McQueen, Suffolk Regiment, later Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment, and Honourable Artillery Company Infantry, who became Warden to the Chapel Royal at St James Palace, and it was for these services that he was appointed a Member of the 4th Class of the Royal Victorian Order by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 12th June 1971.

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The very fine Royal Victorian Order 4th Class and Second World War HAC Long Service group awarded to Captain M.A. McQueen, Suffolk Regiment, later Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment, and Honourable Artillery Company Infantry, who became Warden to the Chapel Royal at St James Palace, and it was for these services that he was appointed a Member of the 4th Class of the Royal Victorian Order by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 12th June 1971.

Group of 5: Royal Victorian Order, 4th Class, Member, L.V.O., silver-gilt and enamels; France and Germany Star; Defence Medal; War Medal 1939-1945; Efficiency Medal, GVI 1st type bust, Territorial suspension, with Honourable Artillery Company ribbon; (6826611 CPL. M.A. McQUEEN. H.A.C. (INF)); mounted court style as worn.

Condition: Good Very Fine.

Together with the following original documentation:

Warrant Appointing ‘Malcolm Henry McQueen’ a Member of the 4th Class of the Royal Victorian Order, dated 12th June 1971, this hand signed in ink by Elizabeth R (EIIR) as Grand Master, and with additional facsimile signature of the same.

2 x Photographs of the recipient outside Buckingham Palace after the investiture of his Royal Victorian Order.

Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood Letter appointing him, Mr Malcolm H. McQueen, Esq., 109, Stafford Court, London, a Member of the Fourth Class of the Royal Victorian Order, dated 28th May 1971.

Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood Letter notifying him that the designation of the Member of the Royal Victorian Order (Fourth Class) is to be changed to Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order, as of 31st December 1984.

Invitation for him to attend a Banquet held at Grosvenor House on 12th July 1937, to celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the Incorporation of the Honourable Artillery Company Regiment by Royal Charter.

Letter of Embodiment into the Territorial Army, dated 2nd September 1939, this with original envelope, stamped ‘Urgent Mobilisation’

Soldier’s Service and Pay Book.

Officer’s Release Book Class “A”.

Release Certificate dated 26th February 1946.

Army Council Letter of Thanks for his services, dated 20th March 1946.

Handwritten Testimonial of Service.

Recipient’s medal tunic ribbon bars.

Photograph of recipient attending a white tie function circa 1960’s, wearing his miniature medals.

And another photograph of recipient in later life wearing all his full size awards whilst seated and surround by what appear to be the Choir of the Chapel Royal at St James Palace.

Malcolm Henry McQueen was born on 1st July 1915, and having been educated at Glenalmond College in Perth, being a member of Warden’s House from 1929 to 1934, and then became a pre-war member of the Territorial Army, having enlisted on 2nd November 1935, whilst working as a secretary, he served as a Private (No.6826611) with the Honourable Artillery Company Infantry, and as such attended a banquet held at Grosvenor House on 12th July 1937, to celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the incorporation of the Honourable Artillery Company Regiment by Royal Charter.                        

With the outbreak of the Second World War he was mobilised on 2nd September 1939, but does not appear to have seen any active service till much later on right at the end of the war. McQueen saw service as a Company Clark from 27th March 1940 to 14th August 1941, and then as a Battalion Orderly Room Clerk from 8th October 1941 to 2nd January 1943. Appointed to Lance Corporal on 28th July 1940, and then appointed to Acting Corporal on 9th December 1942,he was promoted to Corporal on 16th February 1943 and appointed to Lance Sergeant on 22nd May 1943.

McQueen was then discharged to a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant (No.109053) with the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment on 18th December 1943, and then briefly saw service during the North West Europe Campaign in 1945. Promoted to War Substantive Lieutenant, he transferred to the Suffolk Regiment on 10th November 1945, and was released from service in the rank of temporary Captain on 11th April 1946.   

McQueen later went on to work as Warden to the Chapel Royal at St James Palace, and it was for these services that he was appointed a Member of the 4th Class of the Royal Victorian Order by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the London Gazette for 12th June 1971, his appointment being amended to that of Lieutenant of the Order when the Member 4th Class was retitled on 31st December 1984. He died aged 100 in London on 11th December 2015, his serving being held on 4th May 2016 in The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy, which is the Chapel of the Royal Victorian Order, and the Private Chapel of Her Majesty the Queen


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