Grand Officer insignia of the Order of Saint Charles
The Order of Saint Charles (French: Ordre de Saint Charles) is a dynastic order of knighthood established in Monaco on 15 March 1858.
This order rewards service to the State or Prince. In particular cases, it may be granted to foreigners. It is awarded by the current Sovereign, Prince Albert II.
Except for Members of the Princely Family and foreigners, one can only receive the Order first with the rank of Knight. To be awarded the following higher ranks, one must keep the lower rank for a set length of time:
- Officer: four years as a Knight
- Commander: three years as an Officer
- Grand Officer: four years as a Commander
- Grand Cross: five years as a Grand Officer
Nominations belong to the Sovereign. The Chancellor proposes promotions. According to the Prince's orders, the Chancellor proposes the projects of nomination and promotion ordonnances. The grantees must be received in the Order before wearing the decorations. The Grand-Master receives the Grand Crosses, Grand Officers and Commanders. The Chancellor receives the Officers and Knights. Foreigners are admitted to the Order, but not received.
- Commanders, Officers and Knights are honoured in the choir of the church and warded by four carabiniers in ceremonial uniform and weapon commanded by a Sub-Officer.
- Grand Crosses and Grand Officers are honoured outside the church, at the beginning and end of the funeral ceremony, by 24 carabiniers in ceremonial uniform and weapon commanded by an Officer.
Classes and design
Knight Grand Cross
The Knight Grand Cross wears the badge of the order on a sash and the star of the order on the left of the breast.
There is a golden necklet that is attached to the Order. It has small empty egg-shaped sections that form the necklet. The badge is sometimes worn attached to this collar instead of the sash.
Knight Grand Officer
The Grand Officer wears a badge and a star. The Star of the Order of St. Charles is made of silver. The badge of the Order of St. Charles is worn on a chest ribbon with rosette or on a bow. The star is worn on the right side of the chest.
The Commander of the Order of St. Charles wears the badge on a ribbon around the neck or on a bow on the left shoulder.
The Officer of the Order of St. Charles wears the badge on a chest ribbon with a rosette. The cross has a thinner laurel-wreath than the Knight of the Order of St. Charles.
Knight cross of the Order of St Charles
The Knight of the Order of St. Charles wears the badge of the order on a chest ribbon without rosette.
- Sovereign Ordonnance of 16 January 1863 about the Order of Saint-Charles (modified) : Text (French)
- Sovereign Ordonnance of 16 January 186 establishing the statutes of the Order of Saint-Charles (modified) : Text (French)
- Sovereign Ordonnance n° 125 of 23 April 1923 concerning the insignias of the Order of Saint-Charles : Text (French)
- Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, President of Italy--Sovereign Ordonnance n° 331 of 13 December 2005.
- Janez Drnov?ek, President of Slovenia--Sovereign Ordonnance n° 531 of 31 May 2006.
- Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, President of Tunisia--Sovereign Ordonnance n° 680 of 7 September 2006.
- Nicolas Sarkozy, President of France--Sovereign Ordonnance n° 1622 of 25 April 2008.
- Stjepan Mesi?, President of Croatia--Sovereign Ordonnance n°2164 of 16 April 2009.
- Traian B?sescu, President of Romania--Sovereign Ordonnance n° 2165 of 16 April 2009.
- Fra' Matthew Festing, Prince and Grand Master of the Order of Malta--Sovereign Ordonnance n° 2405 of 14 October 2009.
- Abdoulaye Wade, President of Senegal--Sovereign Ordonnance n° 2457 of 9 November 2009.
- Francesco Mussoni and Stefano Palmieri, Captains Regent of San Marino--Sovereign Ordonnance n° 2654 of 5 March 2010.
- Danilo Türk, President of Slovenia--Sovereign Ordonnance n° 3076 of 11 January 2011.
- Michel Suleiman, President of Lebanon--Sovereign Ordonnance n° 3077 of 13 January 2011.
- Amadou Toumani Touré, President of Mali--Sovereign Ordonnance n° 3668 of 13 February 2012.
- Joachim Gauck, President of Germany--Sovereign Ordonnance n° 3839 of 9 July 2012.
- Charlene, Princess of Monaco--Sovereign Ordonnance n° 4038 of 17 November 2012 -- "Photo". 17 November 2012. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013..
- Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations--Sovereign Ordonnance n° 4251 of 3 April 2013.
- Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan--Sovereign Ordonnance n° 4.491 of 27 September 2013.
- Vladimir Putin, President of Russia--Sovereign Ordonnance n° 4504 of 4 October 2013.
- François Hollande, President of France--Sovereign Ordonnance n° 4575 of 14 November 2013.
- Andrea Belluzzi, Captain-Regent of San Marino -- Sovereign Ordonnance n° 5490 of 16 September 2015.
- Roberto Venturini, Captain-Regent of San Marino -- Sovereign Ordonnance n°5490 of 16 September 2015.
- Paul Hieronymussen, "Orders, medals and decorations of Britain and Europe", London 1975