Condecoration of Order of the Bath of United Kingdom

This British Order of Chivalry was founded by King George I on May 18, 1725.

The award is reserved for British subjects, exclusively. However, if bestowed on foreigners, those awarded could be accepted into the order as honorary members by means of a Foreign Office recommendation.

United Kingdom was the third country visited by President Frei, and his entourage, in his 1965 tour throughout Europe. At his arrival in Gatwick Airport, London, – where he arrived after a flight from Paris – on July the 13th , he was given a protocol reception. Then, he traveled by train to Victoria station, at the center of the city, where he was received by Queen Elizabeth II, Duke Philip of Edinburgh, Prime Minister Harold Wilson, and Foreign Office Minister Frank Soskice. Afterwards, President Eduardo Frei and Queen Elizabeth II rode in an open carriage to the Buckingham Palace. That night, after visiting Westminster Abbey, Queen Elizabeth II offered a banquet for 185 people, in honor of the President and his entourage, in the dance hall of the Palace.

The state visit to United Kingdom lasted for four days, including a series of political and commercial meetings.

President Eduardo Frei Montalva received the title of Honorary Knight Grand Cross of the order on the day of his arrival to London.