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Royal Family Order

The Royal Family Order is an order awarded by the sovereign of a monarchy to female members of the royal family, as female members of the royal family typically do not wear the commemorative medals that men wear. The order is more of a personal memento rather than a state decoration although it can be worn during state occasions. The only way to know who the order has been given to is to see the recipient wearing it. The same practice is in place in the United Kingdom as is in the royal families of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Tonga.

Contents

  • Appearance 1
  • History 2
  • United Kingdom 3
  • Sweden 4
    • History 4.1
    • Appearance 4.2
    • Grades 4.3
    • Royal Family Orders 4.4
      • Royal Family Order of King Gustaf V 4.4.1
        • Members 4.4.1.1
          • First Class 4.4.1.1.1
          • Second Class 4.4.1.1.2
      • Royal Family Order of King Gustaf VI Adolf 4.4.2
        • Members 4.4.2.1
          • First Class 4.4.2.1.1
          • Second Class 4.4.2.1.2
      • Royal Family Order of King Carl XVI Gustaf 4.4.3
        • Members 4.4.3.1
          • First Class 4.4.3.1.1
          • Second Class 4.4.3.1.2
          • Third Class 4.4.3.1.3
  • Royal Family Orders 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Appearance

The badge of the order consists of a portrait of the sovereign set in diamonds, which is suspended from a ribbon. In the United Kingdom, the colour of the ribbon changes with each reign,[1] the only kingdom that has this trait. On the back of the portrait frame is an engraving with the sovereign's monogram.[2] A hidden pin attaches it to the wearer's clothes.

History

United Kingdom

The first Royal Family Order was issued during and after the regency of King Queen Victoria) received this badge from her uncle.

Sweden

Royal Family Order of King/Queen (name)
Royal Family Order of King Gustaf V
Awarded by King Carl XVI Gustaf
Type Royal Family Order
Eligibility Female members of the Swedish Royal Family
Sovereign King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden
Grades (w/ post-nominals) Member 1st Class
Member 2nd Class
Member 3rd Class
Established 1952
Ribbon of the Order

Kungens miniatyrporträtt (literally The King's miniature portrait) is a Royal Order unofficially given to members of the Swedish Royal family.The Royal Family Order is an order awarded by the sovereign to female members of the royal family, as female members of the family typically do not wear the commemorative medals that men do. It is similar to the Royal Family Order of other European monarchies, although the Swedish royal court refers to it as "The King's portrait".[3]

History

The earliest known Swedish order is that of King Oscar II. At that time, orders did not have to be attached to the Seraphim blue ribbon that is the case today. As there are no earlier records of royal family orders in Sweden,it might be assumed that the orders were not introduced in Sweden until the reign of Oscar II. Sofia of Nassau started "Sophiahemmet", a Red Cross nurse training program. At the graduation of the nurses, she presented a miniature portrait of the king on a white ribbon with a red cross. On the back was DSF inscribed in gold enamel on blue background.[4] In the 1900s Gustav V and his wife Victoria made a special form of the order with both of them in the portrait as a gift to their friend Countess Anna Brahe (born Anna Nordenfalk) when she visited them.[5] Currently recipients of the order wear it as part of their formal dress, often when their male counterparts wear medals.[6]

Appearance

Carl XVI Gustaf's portrait

The decoration currently consists of an oval portrait of King Carl XVI Gustaf half length. There are different versions of the portrait of the King, where he is dressed in admiral's uniform or simply formal wear with either the Seraphim band or chain. The portrait is framed by brilliant-cut diamonds and a brilliant bow at the portrait above page. The portrait is attached to a bow in Seraphim light blue ribbon and is held to the person's attire with a pin that is not seen. Different designs of the frame exist: some are more decorated than others.

Grades

There are 3 grades of the orders, similar to that of the British Royal Order of Victoria and Albert:

  • 1st Class - Worn by the female Monarch, Queen Consort/Mother/Dowager and Swedish Princesses of birth. This is the biggest size with the miniature of a portrait.
  • 2nd Class - Worn by wives of Swedish Princes. Similar to the 1st Class but smaller.
  • 3rd Class - Worn by female members of the Swedish Royal Court. This is the smallest size and is of the Monarch's monogram.

Royal Family Orders

Royal Family Order of King Gustaf V

Members
First Class
Second Class

Royal Family Order of King Gustaf VI Adolf

Members
First Class
Second Class

Royal Family Order of King Carl XVI Gustaf

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First Class
Second Class
Third Class

Royal Family Orders

References

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External links

  • Images of all Royal Family Orders at medals.org.uk
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