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The Knightly Order Valiant of St George is a Christian knightly association originating in Hungary, where the Order was founded in 1326 by King Karoly Robert. In the contemporary era, the Order re-emerged following the fall of Communism in Hungary in 1989, and was officially recognised by the Hungarian state. Although the majority of the membership remains concentrated in its two Hungarian priories, where the Order undertakes significant charitable work, the Order has also established priories in the United Kingdom, Canada, the Netherlands and Poland. The Order admits to membership both men and women over the age of 21 who are practising Christians and are supported by two existing members of the Order. The Grand Master of the Order is currently the UK-based Major-General Dr. Janos v. Karaszy-Kulin, who is a veteran of the 1956 Hungarian uprising and Deputy Commander of the Hungarian National Guard. In the United Kingdom, where the Order is a registered charity, the Order's spiritual protector is the Rt. Revd. Dr. Michael Nazir-Ali, the Bishop of Rochester in the Church of England. The annual investiture takes place in Rochester Cathedral. Charitable activity includes the establishment of the Order's own home for the elderly in Hungary, support for orphanages, childrens' hospices, service charities and the Hungarian Foundation. The webpages for the Order, which provide further details of its work and events, are as follows: Hungarian Grand Priory: http://szentgyorgylovagrend.org/ UK Grand Priory: http://www.orderofstgeorge.co.uk Canadian Grand Priory: http://www.knightstgeorge.com Netherlands Grand Priory: http://orderofstgeorge.webserver1.nl 1326 charter and further information: http://www.freeweb.hu/gyurkovics/gyorgyrend_h.htm

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