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Order of Saint Michael. The Order was a French chivalric order, founded by Louis XI of France on 1 August 1469. Although the Order of St. Michael was abolished by Louis XVI on 20 June 1790, it was revived by Louis XVIII on 16 November 1816. The king however, took little interest in the order and no new knights were added after 1816. The Order was again abolished by the French authorities in 1830. The Order's last member died in 1850.
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On 29th January 1856 Queen Victoria instituted Britain's highest military decoration, the Victoria Cross, (VC) The medal is awarded to British and commonwealth armed forces for outstanding bravery on the field of battle. The medal was originally made from the metal of cannon captured from the Russians at Sevastopol until the supply came to an end in 1942