Order of Lady Mary

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Order of Lady Mary
Ordem de Dona Maria
Awarded by the King of Ebenthal
TypeDynastic order
Established2019
MottoAmor et Sapientia
EligibilityWomen only
Awarded forAt His Majesty's pleasure
StatusCurrently constituted
Sovereign and Grand MasterKing Arthur II
GradesDame
Post-nominalsDDM
Statistics
First induction2020
Last induction2024
Total inductees28
Precedence
Next (higher)Order of the Blue Blood
Next (lower)none (lowest order)

Ribbon of the Order of Lady Mary

The Order of Lady Mary (Portuguese: Ordem de Dona Maria) is national and dynastic order of the Kingdom of Ebenthal, granted at the monarch's pleasure exclusivelly to women, usually in recognition of a national contribution, for public service, or for personal service to the sovereign. It was established in 2019 by King Arthur II as a dynastic order of the House of Bruyn incorporated to the national pantheon of orders and awards. Its name and inspiration came from the monarch's grandmother, Dona Maria Carvalho de Oliveira.

As a house order, the entire administration of the order lies with the person of the monarch, not with the crown, and thus appointments are at the sovereign's sole discretion. Membership of the order is unlimited and supernumerary.

History

The Order of Lady Mary was the first order established by the King Arthur II of Ebenthal after taking the throne of that country, on 30 December 2019. The order was instituted through Royal Decree No. 224/2019 under the auspices of the new monarch in valuing women in micronationalism, "a growing minority" according to the King himself. Another reason for the creation of the order was to pay homage to Princess Maria III of Marienbourg, grandmother of King Arthur II.

In view of the fact that the order was created within the first 24 hours of Arthur II's reign, the King asked the former Regent Raphael Sousa, to co-sign the Royal Decree in order to further legitimize his action lest it be interpreted as a self-centered attitude and lest it be rejected by parliament, a fear of the monarch given the political power that the Ebenthaler parliament achieved after the Mateusian Crisis and during the Sternachten regency.

Composition

Members

Membership in the order is unlimited and exclusively for women. The only exception is Monarch who is the Sovereign and Grand Master of the Order. The Monarch alone can grant membership at his own pleasure, meaning it has no requirements for a person to be inducted a member of the order except for being female. Monarchs are known as Sovereign of the Order of Lady Mady. Members of the order are divided between "Royal Ladies" and "Stranger Ladies". Other than that they are referred collectively to as "Dames".

Grades

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. The Deputy Grand Master is empowered to act on behalf of and in place of the monarch if necessary and with the express approval of the monarch; if the monarch is unable to give his consent, it is up to the Head of the House of Bruyn to sanction the acts of the Lieutenant to the Grand Master. The office of Lieutenant to the Grand Master is currently vacant. Members of the order are granted a certificate and are eligible to require a personal coat of arms with the insignia of the Order. Despite being a single-graded order, there is a division of registration between Royal Ladies, who are citizens of Ebenthal appointed to be members of the order, including supernumerary members of the Royal Family, and Stranger Ladies, foreigners appointed as members of the order. There is, however, no difference in precedence between these classifications.

Precedence and privileges

Members of this order are assigned positions in the order of precedence, ranking above all others members of equal rankings of whichever orders. Consorts, children and children-in-law also feature on the order of precedence; other 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 prefix "Ma'am". When an individual is entitled to use multiple post-nominal letters, the ones of the order (DDM), standing for Dama de Dona Maria in Portuguese, takes precedence. All recipients may encircle their arms with the circlet of the order.

Insignia and habit

  • The collar of the Order is
  • The badge of the Order is
  • The star of the Order is
  • The ribbon of the Order is

Members of the order

Grand Masters

Name Grand Master as Period
Arthur II King of Ebenthal 30 December 2019 – present

Royal Ladies

Name Serie number Post-Nominals Known for Date
Appointed
1 Ebenthal Princess Alda, Duchess of Aufenbauer Former reigning princess of Aufenbauer 30 December 2020
2 Ebenthal Princess Nilse, Duchess of Erzfelsen Former regent of Erzfelsen 30 December 2020
3 Ebenthal Luisa Somme, 1st Marchioness of Zerrenthin Minister of Foreign Affairs 16 January 2020
4 Ebenthal Gabriela Amorim, 1st Duchess of Guterfolg Prime Minister of Ebenthal 6 March 2021
5 Ebenthal Beatriz Barcelos, 1st Countess of Barcelos Member of the House of Aristocrats 7 September 2021
6 Ebenthal Princess Emmanuela of Ebenthal Princess of Ebenthal 5 July 2022
7 Ebenthal Princess Elaine of Ebenthal Princess of Ebenthal 27 September 2022
8 Ebenthal Princess Louise of Ebenthal Princess of Ebenthal 27 September 2022

Stranger Ladies

Name Serie number Post-Nominals Known for Date
Appointed
1 Manso Marina I Queen of Manso 20 February 2020 (REVOKED)
2 United Kingdom of Sildavia and Borduria Maria I Queen of Sildavia 4 September 2020
3 Grand Duchy of Mëcklewmburg-Wladir Gabriela I Grand Duchess of Mëcklewmburg-Wladir 7 September 2021
4 Grand Republic of Delvera Hannah Callahan President of Delvera 7 September 2021
5 United Provinces of Mauritia Aracy Crespo, Princess Göndör of Folyam von und zu Piranji (posthumously) 7 September 2021
6 Karno-Ruthenian Empire Archduchess Denise of Karnia Former Queen of Ruthenia 5 July 2022
7 Vishwamitra Princess Krishna, The Princess Maharajajanani[a] Princess Mother of Purvanchal 5 July 2022
8 Vishwamitra Anoushkaa Patranabish[b] Rajpramukh of Basistha 5 July 2022
9 Adna, Princess of Noronha Regent of Noronha 5 July 2022
10 Kingdom of Quinta Velha Amanda, Queen of Quinta Velha Queen consort of Quinta Velha 5 July 2022
11 Sancratosia Cloe, Sovereign Princess of Sancratosia Sovereign Princess of Sancratosia 5 July 2022
12 Achsen Adriana, Queen of the Hanseatics Queen consort of Achsen 5 July 2022
13 Vishwamitra Sarala, Princess Regent of Purvanchal[c] Princess Regent of Purvanchal 13 October 2022
14 Vishwamitra Tanishkaa Patranabish, Rajpramukh of Beltola[d] Rajpramukh of Beltola 13 October 2022
15 Kingdom of Quinta Velha Princess Adda of Quinta Velha Princess of Quinta Velha 13 October 2022
16 New Southern Rhine Princess Martha Scherer Stewardess of the Katarinensisch Palatinate 13 October 2022
17 United Provinces of Mauritia Milena van der Ley, Duchess of Albuquerque Spouse of Lucas, Duke of Albuquerque 14 June 2024
18 Anna Cecila van der Ley Daughter of Lucas, Duke of Albuquerque 14 June 2024

See also

Notes

  1. Pending confirmation of her current status as member of the order by the Vishwamitran State
  2. Pending confirmation of her current status as member of the order by the Vishwamitran State
  3. Pending confirmation of her acceptance or denial by the Vishwamitran State
  4. Pending confirmation of her acceptance or denial by the Vishwamitran State

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