London (Jun. 23)
During this week a series of impressive celebrations will be held to mark the centenary of the revival of the Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem in the British Realm, ratified by Queen Victoria in the terms of a Royal Charter. By way of inaugurating the celebrations, the Duke of Connaught, as Grand Prior, presided last evening over a banquet given by His Hajesty’s permission in the Banqueting Hall of St. James’s Palace. The Archbishop of Canterbury and Viscount Allenby were among those present, and the representatives of branches overseas included Sir Ronald Storrs (Cyprus) and Lt.-Col. J. C. Strathearn (Palestine).
The King as Sovereign Head of the Order is holding an investiture at Buckingham Palace to-day. The centenary celebrations will conclude with a review of members of the St. John Ambulance Brigade, Home and Overseas, by the Prince of Wales, in Hyde Park on Saturday afternoon.