Order of Charles XIII

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The Order of Charles XIII
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King Charles XIII of Sweden wearing the cross of the order (in red)
Awarded by The Monarch of Sweden
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Type Single grade order of merit
Eligibility High-ranking Protestant Freemasons
Awarded for Service to Freemasonry.
Status Currently constituted
Lord and Master His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden
Grades (w/ post-nominals) Knight (RCXIII:sO)
Established 1811
First induction 1811
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Ribbon of the order

The Order of Charles XIII (Swedish: Carl XIII:s orden) is a Swedish order of merit, founded by King Charles XIII in 1811.


The Lord and Master of the Order is the King of Sweden, currently His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf. The order can only be conferred on Freemasons of the Protestant faith. The membership of the order comprises:

  • Three clerical members, invariably priests or bishops of the Church of Sweden.
  • Thirty lay members and never more than seven non-Swedish members, each holding the XI (honorary and highest) degree of the Swedish Rite of Freemasonry.
  • Foreign princes of Blood Royal may be admitted as honorary members, if they are also senior Freemasons, whether of the Swedish Order or another; they are full members of the Order, but do not count towards its membership limits; HRH Prince Edward, Duke of Kent (United Kingdom) was admitted to the Order on 6 November 2000.[1]

There can never be more than 33 persons who have the order at the same time. (Men of royal blood are additional).

Insignia and regalia[edit]

The insignia consists of a red St George cross, in the centre a white globe with the monogram of the institutor, two opposite letters C surrounding XIII, in gold. On the reverse the globe has the letter B in gold in an equilateral black and gold edged triangle. The cross is surmounted by a closed golden crown. The insignia is worn around the neck in a red ribbon.

The order uses a knight's gown, introduced 1822, and new knights are dubbed.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Svenska Frimurare Orden". Archive. 25 June 2001. Retrieved 21 March 2013.