Order of the Quetzal

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Order of the Quetzal
Orden del Quetzal
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The star and the cordon of the order
(Grand Cross Rank)
Awarded by  Guatemala
Type Order
Awarded for artistic, civic, humanitarian, or scientific merit
Status Currently constituted
Sovereign President of Guatemala
Grades (w/ post-nominals) Chain
Grand Cross
Grand Officer
Commander
Officer
Knight
Established 1936
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Ribbon bar for Grand Cross
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Ribbon bar for Grand Officer
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Ribbon bar for Commander
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Ribbon bar for Officer
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Ribbon bar for Knight
Collar of the order

The Order of the Quetzal (Spanish: Orden del Quetzal) is Guatemala’s highest honor.

History and award conditions[edit]

Established in 1936, it is bestowed by the Government of Guatemala. The award acknowledges officials of nations, organizations and other entities whose artistic, civic, humanitarian, or scientific works merit special recognition.[1]

Grades[edit]

  • Collar: Golden chain around the neck
  • Grand Cross: Badge hanging from a sash from right shoulder to left hip and star on the left chest
  • Grand Officer: Badge hanging from a sash around the neck and non-enamelled star[2] on the left chest.
  • Commander: Badge hanging from a sash around the neck
  • Officier: Badge hanging from a ribbon with rosette on the left chest
  • Knight: Badge hanging from a ribbon without rosette on the left chest. The badge is noy golden.

Insignia[edit]

The badge is a ten-pointed cross with five branches and a medallion representing the coat of arms of Guatemala. The branches are light blue with a wide dark blue border. On the white ring is inscribed "AL MERITO GUATEMALA". The ribbon is light blue with thin white borders.

Recipients[edit]

Year Awarded to
1949 Edwin Jackson Kyle[3]
1958 Roberto González Goyri
1960 Flavio Herrera
1961 Paul Carpenter Standley
1962 François Durafour
1962 Martha Bolaños de Prado
1968 Augustus Ledyard Smith
1975 J. Eric S. Thompson
1980 Tatiana Proskouriakoff
1987 Richard von Weizsäcker
1995 Michel Gabaudan[4]
1995 Diego Molina Flores
1998 Teodoro Palacios Flores
2001 Jacques Diouf[5]
2003 René Lara
2004 Michael D. Coe[6]
2004 Jorge Briz
1957, 2009 Alberto Fuentes Mohr[7]
2009 Juan Carlos Plata
2009 Fidel Castro[8]
2010 Carlos Castresana[9]
2011 Rodolfo Mac Donald[10]
2011 Leonel Fernández[11]
2011 Stephen D. Houston[12]
2013 Ricardo Arjona
2013 National Geographic Society[13]
2013 Rotary Foundation[14]
2013 Michael Wiley McCord, M.D.
2014 Luis von Ahn[15]
 ? José Antonio Padilla Segura
 ? Julio María Sanguinetti
 ? Kjell Magne Bondevik
 ? Rafael Arévalo Martínez
 ? Julio Abril Valdez

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