GONFALONIERE OF THE CHURCH
PONTIFICIO OF ROME-RUTHENIA
The Gonfaloniere of the Church, which means "standard-bearer," is a high office within the Pontifical Walsingham Guard and the Court of the modern Pontifical Imperial Roman-Ruthenian State of the Imperial Roman Church. Today the office serves as the highest ceremonial rank within the Guard next to the Papa-Catholicos and functions as the Archfather's representative within the Guard. The office holds the rank of Lieutenant General or Vice Admiral and is the senior-most member of the General Staff.
The office name originates from the use of the pontifical banners during battle, though it is now purely a ceremonial and administrative role. Due to its origin, however, the Gonfaloniere is entitled to maintain and display three flags, the personal standard of the Papa-Catholicos, the flag of the Pontifical Imperial State, and the flag of the Pontifical Walsingham Guard.
Additionally, like other General and Flag Officers, he has a flag of rank, though it is distinct to his office. The Gonfalioniere is also entitled to the use of the crossed key and sword with ombrellino displayed within his coat of arms. This can be during the term of office, for life, or occasionally an hereditary privilege.
List of Gonfalonieri
Robert Guiscard, Duke of Sicily
Stephen the Norman
James II, King of Aragon
Galeotto I Malatesta
Ridolfo II da Varano di Camerino
Charles III, King of Naples
Carlo I Malatesta
Martin, King of Aragon and Sicily
Niccolò III d'Este
Ladislaus of Naples, King of Sicily
Louis II of Naples
Gianfrancisco I Gonzaga
Giovanni Cardinale Vitelleschi
Francesco I Sforza
Louis, Dauphin of France
Francesco I Sforza
Pedro Luis Borgia, Duke of Spoleto
Federico da Montefeltro
Giovanni della Rovere
Giovanni Borgia, Duke of Gandia
Guidobaldo da Montefeltro
Alfonso I d'Este
Lorenzo II de'Medici, Duke of Urbino
Federico II Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua
Pier Luigi Farnese, Duke of Parma
Ottavio Farnese, Duke of Parma
Jacques Annibal de Hohenembs
Carlo Barberini, Duke of Monterotondo
Torquato Conti, Duke of Guadagnolo
Taddeo Barberini, Prince of Palestrina
Maffeo Barberini, Prince of Palestrina
Livio Odescalchi, Duke of Bracciano, Ceri, and Sirmium
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