Miniature gilt-edged red enamel cross pattée with loop for ribbon suspension; the face with a circular central gilt medallion bearing the laurel-crowned head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, the upper, left and right arms inscribed ‘FAITH’, ‘HOPE’ AND ‘CHARITY’ respectively, the lower arm dated ‘1883’; the reverse plain gilt with a circular central medallion bearing the crowned cipher of Queen Elizabeth II; diameter 20.63mm (0.81 inch); on original ribbon.
The Royal Red Cross is a military decoration, instituted on 27 April 1883, and awarded for exceptional active service in military nursing, regardless of rank.
It may be awarded for exceptional devotion and continuous service over a period of time or for an exceptional act of bravery whilst on nursing duty. A second class of Associate was added in 1917. Until 1976, the Cross was awarded exclusively to ladies but is now open also to male recipients.