Order of Saint Isabel
The Order of Queen Saint Isabel (Portuguese: Ordem da Rainha Santa Isabel) is a Roman Catholic dynastic order of which the Grand Mistress is currently disputed between the Duchess of Loulé and Duchess of Braganza.
|Order of Saint Isabel|
Real Ordem de Santa Isabel
|Awarded by The Duke of Loulé|
The Duke of Braganza
|Established||4 November 1801|
1801 - 1910 (National Order)
1910 - present (House Order)
|Royal house||House of Braganza|
|Religious affiliation||Roman Catholic|
|Awarded for||Services in support of the Portuguese Crown, social charity and solidarity|
|Sovereign||Nuno de Santa Maria Alvares Pereira|
|Grand Mistress||Maria, Duchess of Loulé|
Isabel, Duchess of Braganza (disputed)
|Grades||Dame Grand Cross|
Dame 1st Class
Dame 2nd Class
|Next (higher)||Order of the Immaculate Conception of Vila Viçosa|
|Equivalent||Order of Saint Michael of the Wing|
The Ribbon of the order
The order, limited to a total membership of twenty-six, is exclusively for Catholic noblewomen.
In 5 October 1910, the monarchy was replaced by a republic. The order, which was considered dynastic, continued to be bestowed by King Manuel II of Portugal, who in exile also awarded it to his wife. After his death, the Queen and Queen Mother both continued to use the order's insignia of Grand Mistress. The current headship is disputed which also fallows the dispute of the pretender to the Portuguese throne. The current claimants of the headship of the Order are Pedro Duke of Loulè and Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza, both members of the cadet branches of the royal family of Portugal, with the Miguelists (Duarte Pio's line) being disinherited by King.
The order's sash is pale pink and has a white stripe in the middle. On the accompanying crowned medallion is a picture of the Queen Saint giving money to a poor man. This picture is surrounded by a frame with roses (an allusion to the Queen's miracle). The insignia's motto is Pauperum Solatio ("Consolation of the Poor").
Current Dames of Saint-IsabelEdit
- Dame Grand Mistress
- Rabel, Andrew (16 April 2009). "Pope to recognize Portuguese soldier/saint, Known as "The Constable", Nuno de Santa Maria Alvares Pereira will be canonized in April 2009 by the pope. In 1385 he was allied with the English to defeat Spain and the forces of the anti-pope at the Battle of Aljubarrota". Spero News. Retrieved 9 December 2011.
Having been a Prior of the Hospitaller Order of Saint John (Order of Malta) and Commander of the Minor Religious Military Orders under the observance of the Cistercians of Alcobaça's rule, such as Saint Benedict of Aviz and Saint Michael of the Wing, Dom Nuno will also be venerated as a Saint or Protector of these Orders.
- Borella, Andrea (2017). La successione e le leggi dinastiche della real casa del Portogallo (The succession and dynastic laws of the royal house of Portugal). Rome: Societas Internationalis Studiorum Dynasticorum. p. 16.
Bibliography & ImageEdit
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- rainhasantaisabel.org Official Site of the Royal Order of Saint Isabel