Order of the Colonial Empire
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|Order of the Colonial Empire|
Ordem do Império Colonial
Grand Cross insignia of the Order of the Colonial Empire
|Awarded by Portuguese Republic|
|Type||Colonial order of knighthood|
|Established||1932 - 1974|
|Eligibility||Portuguese citizens; military or civilian|
|Awarded for||Service in the Portuguese colonies in Asia and Africa|
|Status||No longer awarded|
Ribbon bar of the Order
The Order of the Colonial Empire (Portuguese:"Ordem do Império Colonial") was a Portuguese Order (decoration), established on 13 April 1932 as a colonial order of knighthood, to reward services by soldiers and civilians in the Portuguese colonies in Asia and Africa.
The Order consisted of four grades:
- Grand Cross, which wore the badge on a sash on the right shoulder and the star on the left chest;
- Grand Officer, which wore the badge on a necklet and the star on the left chest;
- Commander, which wore the badge on a necklet and the star on the left chest;
- Officer, which wore the badge on a ribbon with rosette on the left chest;
- Knight, which wore the badge on a ribbon on the left chest.
The star of the Order was an eight-pointed faceted star, in gilt for Grand Cross and Grand Officer, in silver for Commander, with the badge of the Order at the centre.
The ribbon of the Order was red with black central and edge stripes.
Grand Crosses :
- "The President of Portugal has awarded.". Official Appointments and Notices. The Times (48373). London. 2 August 1939. col A, p. 20.