Royal Office of the Crown of Belarus

Insignia

GCCT sashThe Grand Cross sash of the Order of the Crown of Thorns

The wearing of insignia

Members of the San Luigi Orders are entitled to wear insignia as described below. For many years, the Orders have made no distinction between the manner of wearing insignia for men and for women; however, it is possible for women to wear insignia suspended from a bow if preferred. Detailed information on the correct mode of wear of insignia with uniforms and various types of formal dress is available from the Chancellery. The Order’s Mantle is prescribed only for members of the rank of Knight/Dame Commander and above.

The Order of the Crown of Thorns

This diagram (click to enlarge) shows the insignia applicable to the various ranks:

OCT insignia

DOCT companionate obverse Companion’s Medal
Medal of a Companion of the Order in gold depicting the insignia of the Order on the obverse and the arms of the Abbey-Principality on the reverse. The medal is worn on the chest ribbon of the Order.
CDKOCT Knight’s/Dame’s Decoration
Decoration of a Knight or Dame of the Order, enamelled and decorated in gold. The decoration is worn on the chest ribbon of the Order.
CDKOCTb Knight/Dame Officer or Commander’s Neck Decoration
Decoration of a Knight or Dame Officer or Commander of the Order, enamelled and decorated with gold. The decoration is worn on the neck ribbon of the Order.
CDKCCT star Knight/Dame Commander Breast Star
Breast star decorated with silver and enamel, bearing the Order’s emblem.
CDGCCT star Knight/Dame Grand Cross Breast Star
Breast star decorated with gold and enamel, bearing the Order’s emblem.
CDOCT on sash Knight/Dame Grand Cross Sash
Four inch moiré sash of the Order from which the Order’s decoration is suspended by a rosette.

The Order of the Lion and the Black Cross

Two ribbons have been specified for this Order. The original and currently specified ribbon is in black moiré silk with gold edges. During a time when this was unavailable, an alternative ribbon in plain black moiré silk was approved and this may still be worn if preferred.

This diagram (click to enlarge) shows the insignia applicable to the various ranks:

OLBC insignia

CDOLBC companionate obverse Companion’s Medal
Medal of a Companion of the Order in gold depicting the insignia of the Order on the obverse and the arms of the Abbey-Principality on the reverse. The medal is worn on the chest ribbon of the Order.
CDKLBCa Knight’s/Dame’s Decoration
Decoration of a Knight or Dame of the Order, enamelled and decorated in gold. The decoration is worn on the chest ribbon of the Order.
CDKOLBC Knight/Dame Officer or Commander’s Neck Decoration
Decoration of a Knight or Dame Officer or Commander of the Order, enamelled and decorated with gold. The decoration is worn on the neck ribbon of the Order.
CDGCLBC star 1 Knight/Dame Commander Breast Star
Breast star decorated with silver and enamel, bearing the Order’s emblem.
CDGCLBC star Knight/Dame Grand Cross Breast Star
Breast star decorated with gold and enamel, bearing the Order’s emblem.
CDCopy of OCT on sash Knight/Dame Grand Cross Sash
Four inch moiré sash of the Order from which the Order’s decoration is suspended by a rosette.

Ribbon bars

Ribbon bars

The San Luigi Orders

CDSL lapel badge Lapel badge
Enamelled brass lapel badge depicting the 1883 device of the Abbey-Principality of San Luigi. These are worn by all members of the San Luigi Orders.

Arms of the Royal House Polanie-Patrikios

Device of the Abbey-Principality of San Luigi