Order of Prince Henry
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Order of Prince Henry
Order of Prince Henry
Ordem do Infante Dom Henrique
Ordem do Infante D. Henrique.jpg
Insignia of the order
Awarded by the Portuguese Republic
MottoTalant de bien faire
EligibilityPortuguese and foreigners; military and civilian
Criteriaexceptional and outstanding merit for Portugal and its culture
Grand MasterPresident of Portugal
ChancellorManuela Ferreira Leite
GradesGrand Collar
Grand Cross
Grand Officer
Next (higher)Order of Saint James of the Sword
Next (lower)Order of Liberty
PRT Order of Prince Henry - Knight BAR.svg
Ribbon of the Order of Prince Henry

The Order of Prince Henry (Portuguese: Ordem do Infante Dom Henrique) is a Portuguese order of knighthood created on 2 June 1960, to commemorate the quincentenary of the death of the Portuguese prince Henry the Navigator, one of the main initiators of the Age of Discovery. Minor reforms of the constitution of the Order occurred in 1962 and 1980.[1]

It is a five-tier order, whose titles are awarded for relevant services to Portugal and for services in the expansion of the Portuguese culture, its history and its values (with a particular focus on its maritime history). The number of members in each grade is restricted by its constitution, and titles are conferred by special decree by the Grand Master of the Order, i.e., the President of Portugal.


The order includes several classes; in decreasing order of seniority, these are:

  • PRT Order of Prince Henry - Grand Collar BAR.png Grand Collar (Grande-Colar - GColIH)
  • PRT Order of Prince Henry - Grand Cross BAR.svg Grand Cross (Grã-Cruz - GCIH)
  • PRT Order of Prince Henry - Grand Officer BAR.svg Grand Officer (Grande-Oficial - GOIH)
  • PRT Order of Prince Henry - Commander BAR.svg Commander (Comendador - ComIH)
  • PRT Order of Prince Henry - Officer BAR.svg Officer (Oficial - OIH)
  • PRT Order of Prince Henry - Knight BAR.svg Knight/Dame (Cavaleiro - CvIH / Dama - DmIH)

There is also a Silver Medal (Medalha de Prata - MedPIH) and a Gold Medal (Medalha de Ouro - MedOIH).

The special distinction of Grand Collar can be awarded only to heads of state.

Ribbons and medals are characterized by equal stripes of blue, white and black (either horizontal or vertical) and a ruby-enameled golden cross pattée. The stars of Grand Officer and Grand Cross bear the inscription "Talant de bien faire".

Membership to the Order is conferred by the President, either on his own initiative, upon the recommendation of his Ministers or following nomination by the Council of the Order.

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