Order of Saints George and Constantine

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Order of Saints George and Constantine
Τάγμα των Αγίων Γεωργίου και Κωνσταντίνου
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Star and Grand Cross of the Order of Saints George and Constantine
Awarded by the King of the Hellenes
Type Order
Motto ΙΣΧΥΣ ΜΟΥ, Η ΑΓΑΠΗ ΤΟΥ ΛΑΟΥ
Awarded for At the monarch's pleasure and personal services to the Crown
Status No longer awarded by the Hellenic Republic since 1975, but still awarded by the Greek Royal House
Grades (w/ post-nominals) Grand Cross with collar, Grand Cross, Grand Commander, Commander, Knight Gold Cross, Knight Silver Cross
Established January 1936
Precedence
Next (higher) Order of the Redeemer
Next (lower) Order of George I
Same Order of Saints Olga and Sophia
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Ribbon of the Order of Saints George and Constantine

The Royal Family Order of Saints George and Constantine (Greek: Βασιλικό Οικογενειακό Τάγμα των Αγίων Γεωργίου και Κωνσταντίνου) is an order of the Greek royal family. For the duration of its existence, it has been the second highest decoration awarded by the modern Greek state and the Greek crown, after the Order of the Redeemer. It was instituted in January 1936 by King George II in the memory of his grandfather (King George I) and his father (King Constantine I). The order is awarded only to men, while the corresponding Order of Saints Olga and Sophia is reserved for women. The order's design was influenced by the royal family's Danish origin, evoking the appearance of the Order of the Dannebrog. The order is not awarded since 1975 by the Greek state after the abolition of monarchy and today is awarded only by the Greek Royal Family.

Grades[edit]

Collar of the Order of Saints George and Constantine, featuring Byzantine double-headed eagles, the lions and hearts of the coat of arms of Denmark, and the royal cyphers of Kings George I and Constantine I.

The Order has six classes:

  • Collar of the Order ('Περιδέραιο του Τάγματος')
  • Knight Grand Cross ('Μεγαλόσταυρος') - wears the badge of the Order on a collar or on a sash on the right shoulder, and the star of the Order on the left chest;
  • Knight Commander ('Ανώτερος Ταξιάρχης') - wears the badge and the star of the Order on the left chest;
  • Commander ('Ταξιάρχης') - wears the badge of the Order on a necklet;
  • Officer or Gold Cross ('Χρυσούς Σταυρός') - wears the badge on a ribbon on the left chest;
  • Member or Silver Cross ('Αργυρούς Σταυρός') - wears the badge on a ribbon on the left chest.

External links[edit]

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