The ceremony of imposing the highest degree of the Order took place at the Royal Palace after the swearing-in of the Constitution.
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This Tuesday, 31 OOctoberhappened Swearing of the Constitution by Princess Leonor, a solemn event that coincided with his 18th birthday and was celebrated by the Congress of Deputies. The day still holds other relevant moments. One of the most anticipated is the ceremony of imposing the Necklace of the Order of Charles III at the Royal Palace.
The Necklace of the Royal and Distinguished Spanish Order of Carlos III is the highest civil decoration in Spain. Its purpose is to reward citizens who, with their efforts, initiatives and work, have provided distinguished and unique services to Spain.
The difference, whose legal regime is regulated by Royal Decree 1051/2002, of October 11, consists of four grades: collar, Great Cross, and Assignment of Number y Cruz.
The Collar is the highest rank in the Order and reserved for members of The loyal family heads of State and government and those Spanish citizens with Grand Cross holders more than three years old. Today and not counting the Royal Family, only 25 living Spaniards have access to the necklace.
It can also be given to FOREIGNERS who have rendered “unique and meritorious services to Spain, or from good behavior and reciprocity to high dignitaries of other countries”, so the Medal is awarded to members of other royal houses yes heads of state and government of other countries.
What is the Necklace of the Order of Charles III?
The Collar of the Order of Charles III consists of two elements. On the one hand, it is a sky-blue silk band, with two parallel white stripes four millimeters from the edge of the tape. The band will be joined at its ends by a cut rosette of the same cloth, from which the scallop of the Royal Order will hang.
With the band he took, a polished silver, with four equal arms with eight points leading to two smooth and symmetrical semispheres. On each arm is a burnished gold fleur-de-lis.
Since Charles III was a devotee of the Immaculate Conception, he placed the Order under his protection, including an image of the Virgin in the center of the cross on the necklace.
Origin of the Great Collar
The order was founded on King Charles III first Spanish monarch to live in the current Royal Palace, in 1771 with the motto By virtue and merit to honor people who stood up for their actions for the good of Spain and the Crown.
The monarch made the distinction of thanks for the birth of his first grandchild, which ensured the dynasty. Furthermore, Charles III proclaimed himself Chief and Grand Master of the Order which established that in the future their successors would be the same.
Although it was created as an order of masculinity, it is the highest decoration awarded by the State of Spain It has been civil since 1847.
After swearing in the Constitution on her 18th birthday at the Cortes Generales, the Princess of Asturias will go to the Royal Palace, where he will make his speech and the ceremony of imposing the collar of the Order of Charles III will take place. The acting President of the Government will also address the event, Pedro Sánchezin his capacity as grand chancellor of the order.