Order of the Crown of Tonga
|Royal Order of the Crown of Tonga
Ko e Fakalangilangi ‘o Kalauni ‘o Tonga
|Awarded by King of Tonga|
|Type||Order of Merit|
|Royal house||House of Tupou|
|Motto||"KO E OTUA MO TONGA KO HOKU TOFI'A" ("God and Tonga are my patrimony")|
|Eligibility||Civilians and militaries, Tongan or foreigners|
|Awarded for||Exceptional services to the State and the Crown|
|Grand Master||Tupou VI|
|Grades (w/ post-nominals)||Knight Grand Cross
|Established||16 April 1913|
|Next (higher)||Order of Queen Salote Tupou III|
|Next (lower)||Royal Military Order of St. George|
|Ribbon of the order|
It was established 16 April 1913 by George Tupou II to reward those who distinguished themselves by exceptional services to the State and the Crown. It was reorganized on 31 July 2008 by King George Tupou V, in particular relatively to all the classes of merit. It can be awarded to militaries and civilians, native of Tonga or foreigner, without distinction of religion.
The order is presented in four classes:
|Since 2008 ||1913-2008 |
The Sash for the two upper classes is a red moiré sash with a white stripe near each edge. Men's sash is 102mm wide (proportions : 2.5/14.5/68/14.5/2.5mm). Women's sash is 75mm wide (proportions : 1.5/10./51/10.5/1.5mm).
Knight Grand Cross
The Collar is a double gold chain, set with a 6-pointed white enamel gold edged star (centre-piece), with on either side moving upwards; a golden dove in flight, three gold crossed swords, a 6-pointed white enamel gold edged star. Hanging from it, a white enamel Maltese cross with a narrow gold edge, pendant from a gold Tongan crown. The red central medallion has a raised gold Tongan crown, the red riband has a gold legend in capital letters : "KO E OTUA MO TONGA KO HOKU TOFI'A" ("God and Tonga are my patrimony").
The Knight Grand Cross' Star / Plaque is a silver, silver-gilt & enamel 8-pointed faceted star with the collar-badge (minus the crown), placed in the centre.
The Grand Cross' Star is a silver 8-pointed faceted star, with the collar-badge (minus the crown), placed in the centre.
The Commander’s Necklet Badge is a white badge with a gold crown worn from the neck on a ribbon, approx. 41mm wide, red with two white stripes near the edge (approximative proportions 1/5.5/28/5.5/1 mm).