Order of the Silver Cat
The Order of the Silver Cat (Portuguese: Ordem do Gato de Prata) is a national and dynastic order of knighthood of the Kingdom of Ebenthal. It is the highest Ebenthali award, followed by the older Order of the Swiss Prince. It's current Grand Master is King Arthur II.
|Order of the Silver Cat|
Ordem do Gato de Prata
|Awarded by the King of Ebenthal|
|Established||29 December 2019|
|Motto||Patientia superbia mentis operationem|
Patience and pride, intelligence and action
|Awarded for||Exceptionally meritorious achievements and valuable personal characteristics|
|Grand Master||King Arthur II|
|Grades||Grand Cross; Commander; Official; Knight/Dame|
|Next (lower)||Order of the Swiss Prince|
Ribbon of the Order of the Silver Cat
It was established in 2019 by King Arthur II as a dynastic order attached to the national pantheon of orders and awards. It is granted in recognition to exceptionally meritorious achievements, wether they are micronational or macronational, public or personal, and valuable personal characteristics and/or deeds towards Ebenthal and it's people, at the sovereign's will.
Its symbol, a cat, honors the Ebenthali King's pet called Khajiit. The order's motto "Patientia superbia mentis operationem" (English: Patience and pride, intelligence and action) mentions qualities of a cat that are valued in people by the King.
Established in 29 December 2019, it was the first honor created by the then-newly enthroned Arthur II as King of Ebenthal. It was created a personal dynatsic order of the Clan Brum and subsequently attached to the national pantheon of orders, this means, if the Clan Brum step away from the throne, the order follows them. The following day the King appointed the order's first three recipients, respectively the heads of Ebenthal's executive, legislative and judiciary powers at time, all of them regarded as national heroes. At first the order would have only one grade, that of knight, but later on 30 December 2019 King Arthur issued the three first inductee's certificates of membership as Grand Crosses and thus he decided the order would adopt a four-grades style.
The order's goal is to honor and recognize a person for her value, character or notorious merit, and therefore it is to be granted at the pleasure of its grand master and sovereign, the monarch. Its motto inspires personal characteristics such as patience, resilience, pride, intelligence and will to act, much valued by the King and noticed by him as common to cats, which then inspired on the order's name; "silver", though, comes from King Arthur II's pet, the silver-white and brown cat called Khajiit and was also hevaily inspired by the Order of the Golden Fleece, whereas silver is an analogy to golden. Upon its creation, the order took precendence to the Order of the Swiss Prince as the highest Ebenthali order.
Precedence and privileges
Members of all rankings of this order are assigned positions in the order of precedence, ranking above all others members of equal rankings of whichever orders. Consorts, childs and childs-in-law also feature on the order of precedence; relatives of members, however, are not assigned any special precedence. Generally, individuals can derive precedence from their parents or consorts as long as the recipient lives.
All members ot the order are entitled to the prefixes of "Sir" and "Ma'am". When an individual is entitled to use multiple post-nominal letters, the ones of the order (GCGP for Grand Crosses; COGP for Commanders; OGP for Officials; CGP for knights) takes precedence. All recipients may encircle their arms with the circlet of the order.
Since 24 February 2020, all members of the order disposes from the same right entitled to parliamentary and ministries to require a formal audience with the monarch, a privilege sole to this order.
The King of Ebenthal is the Sovereign and Grand Master of the order. All deeds granting decorations of the Order must bear the signature of the Sovereign and Grand Master. Members of the order are granted a certificate and are eligible to require a personal coat of arms with the insignia of the Order. The Order has four degrees:
- Grand Cross (GCGP) – Wears the badge on a collar (chain) or on a sash on the right shoulder, plus the medal on the left chest;
- Commander (COGP) – Wears the badge on a necklet, plus the medal on the left chest;
- Officer (OGP) – Wears the badge on a necklet;
- Knight (CGP) – Wears the badge on a ribbon on the left chest;
Insignia and habit
- The collar of the Order is in gold, consists of fifteen onyx-and-gold circlets containing a golden fur representation joined by golden chains. The Silver Cat insignia hangs from a silver royal crown.
- The badge of the Order is a silver enamelled cat over a light brighten silver rhombus. The badge hangs from a royal crown.
- The star of the Order is a silver enamelled cat. The badge hangs from a royal crown.
- The ribbon of the Order is black with faded blue stripes near its borders.
Members of the Order
Membership in the Order is strictly limited and includes the Monarch, the Crown Prince, the closer relatives of the monarch and various supernumerary members, nationals and foreigners.
The monarch alone can grant membership and he or she is known as the Grand Master Sovereign of the Order and the Crown Prince is known as a Grand Companion Companion of the Order.
|Name||Grand Master and Sovereign as||Period|
|Arthur II||King of Ebenthal||29 December 2019 - present|