The Georgian Kingdom did not historically have a tradition for granting chivalric honors, unlike many European Sovereigns. However, the Georgian Monarchs customarily rewarded their loyal supporters either with a sword, a castle, or a plot of land.
During the final period of the Georgian Kingdom, Prince Ioane (1768 – 1830), son of the last King of Georgia, Giorgi XII, and older brother of Prince Bagrat of Georgia, the second great-grandfather of the present Crown Prince Nugzar, initiated a plan to establish certain orders of chivalry.
On 10th May 1799 Prince Ioan submitted his plan to King Giorgi XII which was duly endorsed. This plan included four orders. Unfortunately, this plan never fully came to fruition because on the 28th December 1800 King Giorgi XII passed away, and twenty days later the 17th January 1801, the Georgian Kingdom was illegally annexed by Russia.
Following this historic event, and after more than two hundred years, on 25th December 2009 the present Head of the Royal House of Georgia, Crown Prince Nugzar, established by special decree four chivalric Orders:
The Royal Order of Saint King David the Psalmist
The Order of Saint King David the Psalmist is reserved for Heads of other legitimate and true Royal Houses of the world. The honour may also be given to church leaders as well as to heads of state or equivalent in his or her capacity as head of a sovereign country. It is available to both Georgian and non-Georgian persons. This honor is senior in rank to the Order of Queen Ketevan the Martyr, the Order of King Erekle II, and the Order of the Crown of the Georgian Kingdom.
The Royal Order of St. Queen Ketevan the Martyr
The Order of Queen Ketevan the Martyr is an honor for persons who have served the Royal House of Georgia and/or contributed to the well-being of the people of Georgia or the Orthodox Church. It is available to both Georgian and non-Georgian persons.
The Royal Order of King Erekle II
The Order of King Erekle II is reserved for only citizens of Georgia and is an honor for persons who have contributed to the nation’s development and served its prosperity. Grantees may be from governmental ranks, Church leaders, people of art, sport, science, or other fields of activity.
The Royal Order of the Crown of the Georgian Kingdom
The Royal Order of the Crown of the Georgian Kingdom is an honor for persons who have served the
Royal House of Georgia and/or contributed to the well-being of the people of Georgia. It is available to
both Georgian and non-Georgian persons.
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