Order of the Aztec Eagle

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Order of the Aztec Eagle
Order of the Aztec Eagle - Grand Cordon (Mexico) - Memorial JK - Brasilia - DSC00377.JPG
The Order of the Aztec Eagle (Collar)
Awarded by  Mexico
Type Order
Awarded for Services given to Mexico or to humankind
Status Currently awarded
Grades (w/ post-nominals) Collar
Sash in Special Cat.
Sash
Placard
Venera
Insignia
Established 1933
MEX Order of the Aztec Eagle 5Class BAR.png
Ribbon of the Order of the Aztec Eagle

The Order of the Aztec Eagle (Spanish: Orden Mexicana del Águila Azteca) is a Mexican order and is the highest decoration awarded to foreigners in the country.

History[edit]

It was created by decree on December 29, 1933 by President Abelardo L. Rodríguez as a reward to the services given to Mexico or humankind by foreigners. It corresponds to similar distinctions given to Mexican citizens such as the Condecoración Miguel Hidalgo or the Belisario Domínguez Medal of Honor. It is given by the office of the foreign minister on the instructions of a Council established for this purpose headed by the President.

Design[edit]

There is some design similarity of the order with the coat of arms of Mexico, particularly the golden eagle holding a snake, which is associated with the Aztec civilization.

Classes[edit]

Since 2011[edit]

Since the reform of March 2011,[1] the classes are :

  1. MEX Order of the Aztec Eagle 1Class BAR.png Collar ("Collar"), awarded to heads of state;
  2. MEX Order of the Aztec Eagle 2Class BAR.png Sash of Special Category ("Banda en Categoría Especial"), awarded to prime ministers and heads of government, hereditary princes(ses), consorts of heads of state, or to people whose category is tantamount to the previous;
  3. MEX Order of the Aztec Eagle 3Class BAR.png Sash ("Banda"), awarded to government ministers, secretaries, members of royal families, ambassadors, or individuals whose category is tantamount to the previous;
  4. MEX Order of the Aztec Eagle 4Class BAR.png Plaque ("Placa"), awarded to government undersecretaries, plenipotentiary ministers, consuls general, brigadier generals, rear admirals, as well to those whose category is tantamount to the previous;
  5. MEX Order of the Aztec Eagle 5Class BAR.png Venera (a type of insignia), awarded to ad hoc business representatives, colonels and lieutenant colonels, captains of a ship, equivalent servants of embassies in Mexico), as well to those whose category is tantamount to the previous;
  6. MEX Order of the Aztec Eagle 5Class BAR.png Insignia, awarded to ad interim business representatives and other members of diplomatic missions; captain, navy lieutenant, as well to those whose category is tantamount to the previous and to those cases the Council considers pertinent.

All grades except the collar may be awarded, under the Council's discretion, to distinguished foreigners.

Before 2011[edit]

Prior to the 2011 reform, the classes were, in descending order:

  1. MEX Order of the Aztec Eagle 1Class BAR.png Collar ("Collar"), awarded to heads of state;
  2. MEX Order of the Aztec Eagle 2Class BAR.png Grand Cross ("Cruz"), awarded to prime ministers and heads of government
  3. MEX Order of the Aztec Eagle 3Class BAR.png Sash ("Banda"), awarded to government ministers, secretaries and ambassadors
  4. MEX Order of the Aztec Eagle 4Class BAR.png Medal ("Medalla"), awarded to government undersecretaries, plenipotentiary ministers, as well to those whose category is tantamount to the previous;
  5. MEX Order of the Aztec Eagle 5Class BAR.png Placard ("Placa"), awarded to ad hoc business representatives, colonels and lieutenant colonels, captains of a ship, equivalent servants of embassies in Mexico), as well to those whose category is tantamount to the previous;
  6. MEX Order of the Aztec Eagle 5Class BAR.png Venera (a type of insignia), awarded to ad interim business representatives and other members of diplomatic missions;
  7. MEX Order of the Aztec Eagle 5Class BAR.png Insignia proper, awarded under the Council's discretion; and
  8. MEX Order of the Aztec Eagle 5Class BAR.png Honorable Mention ("Mención Honorífica").

Notable recipients[edit]

Royalty[edit]

Presidents[edit]

Politicians[edit]

Other[edit]

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