Order of Muhammad
The Order of Muhammad, also named Order of Sovereignty (Arabic: Wissam al-Mohammadi, French: Ordre de la Souverainete or Ordre de Mohammed), is the highest state decoration of the Kingdom of Morocco. The Order was instituted on 16 November 1956 by King Mohammed V of Morocco, who reigned between 1955 and 1961.
The Order of the Mohammedi is issued in three classes, one special and two ordinary:
- Special Class: who wears a diamonds and with rubies decorated collar around the neck. The chain has nineteen golden links in the form of stylized flowers in filigree gold and comes together in a large enamelled coat of arms in European style. A badge is suspended to this coat of arms and has the shape of a gold star with ten points. A part of the surface is green enamelled. The central disk of the badge shows the Moroccan coat of arms. Only the badge of the Special Class and the first class contains edged ring set with rubies and diamonds and an outer ring of 36 diamonds. The Special Class is awarded to monarchs and heads of state.
The ordinary classes:
- First Class: who wears a badge in the shape of a star decorated with precious stones on the left chest.
- Second Class: who wears a badge of the order in the shape of a star, but without gemstones, on the left chest.
There is no ribbon attached to the order.
The Order is only eligible for monarchs and foreign heads of state, members of the Royal Family and foreign princes and princesses. But with great exception also ordinary Moroccans can be taken up in this order.
- Décret royal n° 199-66 du 1er ramadan 1386 (14 décembre 1966) portant création des ordres du Royaume - website of the government of Morocco (French)
- Orders & decorations of Morocco - website Royal Ark