Order of Saints George & Olga
The Order of Saints George and Olga is
a religious-dynastic order of the Pontifical Household of the Stato
Pontificio Romano (Pontifical Roman State) given to gentlemen and
ladies of high rank or office in recognition for significant service to
the mission of Rome or the Pontifical Household. The order is
subdivided into two divisions, one exclusively for gentlemen and the
other exclusively for ladies. The Grand Master of the gentlemen's
division is the Papa-Prince. The Grand Mistress of the Ladies'
Division is the Grand Duchess of Rome-Ruthenia. The order is generally
only conferred upon nobles of the
rank of Baron and above and General officers and its civil
equivalent. It ranks
immediately after the Pontifical Order of the Eagle. Membership also
confers nobility ad vitam.
Saint Olga was Grand Princess consort of Kiev and ruled the Old Russian State (Kievan
Rus') as Regent on behalf of her son after her husband was assassinated.
She is highly regarded for her efforts to spread the Catholic faith in
her territory, which culminated in her grandson, Saint Vladimir the
Great, making the Christian faith the official religion. She is also an
ancestress of several royal and noble houses in Central and Western
Europe, including the French Capetian and Bourbon dynasties.
Also, Grand Dukes of Rome of the Pontifical Household who are also Princes of Ruthenia receive this order, along with the Florentine-Roman Supreme Order of Christ, on their 18th birthday.
The insignia consists of a gold Roman Eagle centred upon a white eight-pointed cross with gold eagles in between. The cross is worn by Knights pendant from an orange and black striped neck ribbon, and by Dames pendant from a bow of the same ribbon. The Grand Master, Grand Mistress, and Grand Commanders may wear the insignia on a broad ribbon sash in the colours of the order over the right shoulder. The colours are imperial yellow and black, with the yellow tinged with the red of the martyrs.
Nota Bene: These orders are given exclusively by the
Anglican Patriarchate, Stato Pontificio as historic orders of the Stato
Pontificio. H.H.E. the Papa-Prince of Rome holds the exclusive right to
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