Order of Saint-Charles

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Not to be confused with Mexican Imperial Orders, Imperial Order of Saint Charles (created 1866).
Order of Saint-Charles
Ordre de Saint-Charles
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Insignia of the Order of Saint Charles
Awarded by Flag of Monaco.svg Prince of Monaco
Type House Order
Eligibility Citizens of Monaco and foreigners
Awarded for Merit and services to the State or Prince.
Status Currently constituted
Sovereign His Serene Highness Albert II, Prince of Monaco
Chancellor Raoul Biancheri, Plenipotentiary Minister
Grades (w/ post-nominals) Knight-Grand Cross, Grand Officer, Commander, Officer, Knight
Statistics
Established 15 March 1858
Total inductees 622,064
Precedence
Next (higher) None (highest)
Next (lower) Order of the Crown
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Ribbon bar of the Order of St. Charles

The Order of Saint-Charles (French: Ordre de Saint-Charles) is an order established in Monaco on 15 March 1858.[1][2]

Award[edit]

This order rewards service to the State or Prince.[1][2] In particulars cases, it may be granted to foreigners. It is awarded by the current Grand-Master, Prince Albert II.

Reception[edit]

Except for Members of the Princely Family and foreigners, one can only receive the Order first with the rank of Knight. To be awarded the following higher ranks, one must keep the lower rank for a set length of time:

  • Officer: four years as a Knight
  • Commander: three years as an Officer
  • Grand Officer: four years as a Commander
  • Grand Cross: five years as a Grand Officer

Nominations belong to the Grand-Master. The Chancellor proposes promotions. According to the Prince's orders, the Chancellor proposes the projects of nomination and promotion ordonnances. The grantees must be received in the Order before wearing the decorations. The Grand-Master receives the Grand Crosses, Grand Officers and Commanders. The Chancellor receives the Officers and Knights. One exception : the foreigners will be admitted in the Order, but not received.

Funeral honors[edit]

  • Commanders, Officers and Knights are honoured in the choir of the church and warded by four carabiniers in ceremonial uniform and weapon commanded by a Sub-Officer.
  • Grand Crosses and Grand Officers are honoured outside the church, at the beginning and end of the funeral ceremony, by 24 carabiniers in ceremonial uniform and weapon commanded by an Officer.

Classes and design[edit]

Set of a Grand Officer

Knight Grand Cross[edit]

The Knight Grand Cross wears the badge of the order on a sash and the star of the order on the left of the breast.[2]

There is a golden necklet that is attached to the Order. It has small empty egg-shaped sections that form the necklet. The badge is sometimes worn attached to this collar instead of the sash.

Star of Grand Officer

Grand Officer[edit]

The Grand Officer wears a badge and a star.[2] The Star of the Order of St. Charles is made of silver.[2] The badge of the Order of St. Charles is worn on a chest ribbon with rosette or on a bow. The star is worn on the right side of the chest.

Commander[edit]

The Commander of the Order of St. Charles wears the badge on a ribbon around the neck or on a bow on the left shoulder.[2]

Officer[edit]

The Officer of the Order of St. Charles wears the badge on a chest ribbon with a rosette. The cross has a thinner laurel-wreath than the Knight of the Order of St. Charles.

Knight cross of the Order of St Charles

Knight[edit]

The Knight of the Order of St. Charles wears the badge of the order on a chest ribbon without rosette.

Ribbon bars
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Grand Cross
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Grand Officer
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Commander
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Officer
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Knight

Legal basis[edit]

  • Sovereign Ordonnance of 16 January 1863 about the Order of Saint-Charles (modified) : Text (French)
  • Sovereign Ordonnance of 16 January 186 establishing the statutes of the Order of Saint-Charles (modified) : Text (French)
  • Sovereign Ordonnance n° 125 of 23 April 1923 concerning the insignias of dthe Order of Saint-Charles : Text (French)

Notable recipients[edit]

Grand Crosses[edit]

Granted by Rainier III, Prince of Monaco[edit]

Granted by Albert II, Prince of Monaco[edit]

Grand Officers[edit]

Granted by Rainier III, Prince of Monaco[edit]

Granted by Albert II, Prince of Monaco[edit]

Commanders[edit]

Granted by Rainier III, Prince of Monaco[edit]

Granted by Albert II, Prince of Monaco[edit]

See also[edit]

Literature[edit]

  • Paul Hieronymussen, "Orders, medals and decorations of Britain and Europe", London 1975

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Palais - Order of St. Charles". Archived from the original on 3 October 2007. Retrieved 4 January 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "UK - Order of St. Charles". Retrieved 4 January 2008. 
  3. ^ Video of the state visit of Monaco in Lithuania 15th october 2012