Titles, Orders, Decorations

The Reigning Prince, based upon his prerogatives as a leader, has the authority to bestow titles, orders and decorations.

The titles of nobility have the simple nobility predicate "von" (of) and the title "Baron" and "Earl". But the cases of ennoblement are very seldom.


Grand Star of the Princely
Liechtenstein Order of Merit

 

Conferring a title on a person, who in a special manner has distinguished himself in furthering the well-being of the Princely House or of the country, results in the bestowing of princely titles, like the Princely Councillor, the Princely Court Councillor, the Princely Justice Councillor, the Princely Commerce Councillor, the Princely Education Councillor, the Princely Spiritual Councillor and so on.

Prince Franz Josef I has founded an Order of Merit of the Principality of Liechtenstein and a Medal of Merit of the Principality of Liechtenstein on July the 22nd 1937.


Knight's Cross of the
Order of Merit of the
Principality of Liechtenstein

 

 

The Order of Merit encompasses the following degrees:

  • Grand Star of the Princely Liechtenstein Order of Merit
  • Grand Cross With Diamonds of the Princely Liechtenstein Order of Merit
  • Grand Cross of the Princely Liechtenstein Order of Merit
  • Commander`s Cross with Star of the Princely Liechtenstein Order of Merit
  • Commander`s Cross of the Princely Liechtenstein Order of Merit
  • Knight`s Cross of the princely Liechtenstein Order of Merit 

The Princely Liechtenstein Order of Merit may be bestowed as:

  •  The Golden Princely Liechtenstein Order of Merit
  •  The Silver Princely Liechtenstein Order of Merit


Golden Medal of Merit of the Principality of Liechtenstein

The possessor of the Great Star, of the Great Cross with Diamonds as well as of the Great Cross has the authority to designate himself in the capacity of "holder", the possessor of the Commander Cross with Star in the capacity of "Commander of the Order of Merit of the Principality of Liechtenstein with Star", the possessor of the Commander Cross in the capacity of "Commander", that of the Knight Cross in the capacity of "Knight of the Order of Merit of the Principality of Liechtenstein".

Other privileges are not associated with it. The decorations remain in the possession of the person to whom they were conferred to and of his heirs.

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