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RANKS OF THE ORDERS

 

 

The Georgian Kingdom never had a tradition to grant chivalric honours. Contrary to many European sovereigns, the Georgian kings used to reward their subordinates with a sword, or a castle, or a plot of land.

During the last period of the Georgian Kingdom there was a plan to establish certain orders of chivalry. This was instigated by one of the direct ancestors of the present Crown Prince Nugzar, Prince Ioan, the son of the last King of Georgia, Giorgi XII.

On 10th May 1799 Prince Ioan submitted his plan to Giorgi XII which was eventually endorsed. This plan included four Orders. Unfortunately, this plan was never put into place because soon after King Giorgi passed away the Georgian Kingdom was illegally annexed with Russia on 17th January 1801.

Following this historic event, after more than two hundred years, on 25th December 2009 the present Head of the Royal House of Georgia, Crown Prince Nugzar, issued a special decree to establish three chivalric Orders:

  • The Royal Order of the Crown of the Georgian Kingdom: this Order is bestowed on persons who have served the Royal family of Georgia and contributed to the well-being of this country. This is available to both Georgian citizens and foreigners. The Royal Order of the Crown of the Georgian Kingdom was established on 4th July 2013 by Royal decree on the feast of the two Martyr Georgian Kings, St. Archil (744) and St. Luarsab (1622);
  • The Royal Order of King Erekle II: this Order is bestowed on Georgian citizens and shall be an honour for persons who have contributed actively to the nation’s development and served its prosperity, be they from the government ranks, Church leaders, artists, sports professionals or scientists, and
  • The Royal Order of St. David: this highest Order is reserved for members of the Royal family of Georgia as well as for other legitimate and true royals around the world. At the discretion of the Head of the Order, this honour may also be bestowed on Heads of State in their capacity as Head of a sovereign country. Its purpose is to promote the Royal family of Georgia widely as an old royal dynasty in the world.

  

 

 

 

 

The Royal Order of the Crown of the Georgian Kingdom consist of six Ranks, from lowest to highest in precedence:

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Knight or Dame of The Royal Order of the Crown of the Georgian Kingdom (Post nominal= KGK/DGK)
  2. Knight Officer or Dame Officer of The Royal Order of the Crown of the Georgian Kingdom (Post nominal= KOGK/DOGK)
  3. Knight Commander or Dame Commander of The Royal Order of the Crown of the Georgian Kingdom (Post nominal= KCGK/DCGK)
  4. Knight Grand Officer or Dame Grand Officer of The Royal Order of the Crown of the Georgian Kingdom (Post nominal = KGOGK/DGOGK)
  5. Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross of The Royal Order of the Crown of the Georgian Kingdom (Post nominal= KGCGK/DGCGK)
  6. Knight Grand Collar or Dame Grand Collar of The Royal Order of the Crown of the Georgian Kingdom (this Rank is reserved for the Grand Master of the Order, Georgian Royal family members, and Heads of State). 

Recipients of the award at the various ranks are entitled to the following:

Knights/Dames receive a silver narrow neck riband, a broad red riband and a Cape (Kabalachi) with embroidered insignia on it.

Knight Officers/Dame Officers receive a gold breast medal, a broad red riband and a Cape (Kabalachi) with embroidered insignia on it.

Knight Commanders/Dame Commanders receive a silver breast star, a silver narrow neck riband, a broad red riband and a Cape (Kabalachi) with embroidered insignia on it.

Knight Grand Officers/Dame Grand Officers receive a gold breast star, a gold breast medal, a broad riband and a Cape (Kabalachi) with embroidered insignia on it.

Knight Grand Crosses/Dame Grand Crosses receive a gold breast star, a gold breast medal, a broad red riband with the insignia of the Order and a Cape (Kabalachi) with embroidered insignia on it.

Knight Grand Collars/Dame Grand Collars receive a gold collar, a broad red riband with the insignia of the Order, a gold breast star, a gold breast medal, and a Cape (Kabalachi) with embroidered insignia on it.

Title      

The honors of this Order are for the life of the recipient.  They are not hereditary. Males who receive the award are entitled to the style of “His Honour”, and the title of Raindi (Knight)unless he has another title that has a higher style.  Likewise, females who receive the award are entitled to the style of “Her Honour”, and the title of Mandilosani (Dame)unless she has another title that has a higher style. 

Example a Knight of the Order would be addressed as "His Honour Raindi Joe Doe, KGK"

This tradition dates from the reign of King Giorgi XII, when gentlemen who were not titled but still honorable were accorded the style of “ghirseuli” (ღირსეული).  Modern recipients of the Order are also entitled to use the title of Raindi (Knight – Geo:“Raindi” transcribe: [Ræɪŋ'dɪ] - რაინდი) if male, or Mandilosani (Dame – Geo: most Appropriate “Mandilosani” transcribe: [’Mændɪlosænɪ] - მანდილოსანი), if female, as a prefix to his or her name.   

Admission:

The process leading to a candidate’s admission into the Royal Order of the Crown of the Georgian Kingdom is explained in detail in the Statutes of the Order. Prospective candidates need to fill in an application form which can be obtained from the Administration Office of the Order. All applications and documentation can be sent either by electronic mail [email protected] or by registered mail in the following address:

The Chancery of the Royal House of Georgia

House No. 1

Gagarin Avenue Lane 3,

Tbilisi 0159

Georgia.