Research and Publications

The Origins of the Order of the Thistle

The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle The story of the Order of the Thistle, or the Order of St. Andrew, combines the history of Scotland with Scottish and Christian mythology. On June 16, 1687, a London newspaper published a decree issued on May 29 by...

The “Pour le Mérite”

The Order “De la Générosité” In 1665, Charles Emil of House Hohenzollern (1655–74), a young prince from the Electorate of Brandenburg, founded a chivalric order – the Order of Generosity (Générosité). The founder entrusted the title of the Grand Master upon his...

The Royal Order of Charles XIII

Preamble On the 25-27 May 2018 the Chancery of the Royal Orders Of Knighthood hosted the XII European Conference of Phaleristic Societies in Stockholm. The closing ceremony was held at the magnificent Bååt Palace. The delegates also learned about one of the rarest and...

Interview with Dr. Liudmila Gavrilova

​It was a pleasure to interview Dr. Liudmila Gavrilova, Head of the Phaleristics Department of the Armoury Chamber at the Moscow Kremlin Museums, during her latest visit to Estonia where we met at the Tallinn Museum of Orders of Knighthood. I would like to hope that...

Finnish Orders and Where to Find Them

Today Finland is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of its independence, and we would like to congratulate the people of Finland on this momentous occasion! Through its history there have been three different awarding systems used on the territory of Finland. The...