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The Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George is a British order of chivalry founded on 28th April 1818 by George, Prince Regent, later King George IV, while he was acting as regent for his father, King George Ill. It is named in honour of two military saints, St Michael and St George. Originally awarded to those holding commands or high position in the Mediterranean territories acquired in the Napoleonic Wars, it was subsequently extended to holders of similar office or position in other territories of the British Empire. It is awarded to men and women who hold high office or who render extraordinary or important non-military service in a foreign country, and can also be conferred for important or loyal service in relation to foreign and Commonwealth affairs.
The only insignia used by all members of the Ord????r, this badge is a seven-armed, white-enamelled 'Maltese Asterisk'. The obverse shows St Michael tramĀ­pling on Satan, while the reverse shows St George on horseback killing a dragon -both within a dark blue ring bearing theĀ· Order's motto of Auspicium melioris cevi (Latin for 'Token of a better age').
Bird was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 1920 New Year Honours.

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