Order of Pedro II
|Most Noble Order of Pedro II|
|Awarded by the King of Ebenthal|
|Established||17 August 2021|
|Motto||Ao Magnânimo Imperador do Brasil|
To the Magnanimous Emperor of Brazil
|Awarded for||At His Majesty's pleasure|
|Grand Master||King Arthur II|
|Next (lower)||Order of the Blue Blood|
|Equivalent||Order of the Silver Cat|
The Order of Pedro II, officially called Most Noble Order of Pedro II, The Magnanimous, Emperor of Brazil (Portuguese: Nobilíssima Ordem de Pedro II, o Magnânimo, Imperador do Brasil) is one of the two most senior national and dynastic order of knighthood in Ebenthal's honour system. Founded in 2021, the order is dedicated to the image of Pedro II, the last Emperor of Brazil, father to one of Ebenthal's patron saint, Blessed Isabel of Brazil.
The Order of Pedro II was established as a dynastic order of the House of Bruyn attached to the national pantheon of orders and awards sharing its position of highest honour with the national Order of the Silver Cat. Appointments are at the sovereign's sole discretion, and are usually in recognition of a national contribution, for public service, or for personal service to the sovereign. Membership of the order is unlimited and supernumerary.
The order's emblem is an effigy of Emperor Pedro II of Brazil in a golden Maltese cross over a silver diagonal piece. Its motto is, in Portuguese, a dedication to the person of Pedro II, Ao Magnânimo Imperador do Brasil (from Protuguese: "To the Magnanimous Emperor of Brazil").
In the Empire of Brazil, in 1826, it was created the Order of Pedro I after the country's third monarch and first constitutional emperor, Pedro I. He was ultimately succeeded by his son, the Emperor Pedro II, who reigned for the next 58 years. Inheriting a country on the verge of disintegration, Pedro II turned Brazil into a developed country and an emerging power in the international arena. When the Emperor completed 60 years in 1885, there were talks of establishing a chivalric order after him, but he refused believing all money and efforts which would be dedicated to the creation of such an order would be better used in fighting slavery.
61 years after his death, in 1953, Pedro Gastão, Prince of Brazil, founded the Order of Isabel the Redemptress, Pedro II's daughter and his grandmother. Inspired by such, in 2018 the to-be King Arthur II of Ebenthal thought on establishing the "order that lacks between Pedro I and Isabel I", the Order of Pedro II. The ideia, however, was never carried out.
By early 2021 King Arthur II of Ebenthal made public that he thought of recreate the Ebenthali system of honours because "the orders felt disconnected from the nation". The thought was nonetheless stalled specially because of the trouble it would give to carry it out, specially regarding the extinction of the Order of the Silver Cat, the country's highest award by then. In talks with the country's former Regent Raphael Sousa, the King was ultimatelly convinced of the need to extinguish the Order of Dagon (and create a substitute for it), to rebrand the Order of the Swiss Prince and perhaps to create the Order of Pedro II, either extinguishing or rebranding the Silver Cat.
On 17 August 2021 King Arthur decided for the creation of the Order of Pedro II, advised by his Privy Council, and issued a decree of creation of the order which entered in force in 20 August, effectively creating the order.
Membership in the order is unlimited and it includes the Monarch and the Prince of Bruges respectively as Grand Master and Deputy Grand Master. 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. Male members of the order are titled "Knights of Emperor Pedro II on behalf of the King of Ebenthal", and female members are called "Ladies of Emperor Pedro II on behalf of the King of Ebenthal".
In addition, the Order of Pedro II includes supernumerary members, who do not count towards the list of regular members. Supernumerary members enjoy of the same title and precedence as any regular member and are usually members of the Ebenthali Royal Family, but also members of related royal families (such as the Harranian Sultanic Family). The supernumerarity principle was inspired by the British Order of the Garter's.
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 prefixes of "Sir" and "Ma'am". When an individual is entitled to use multiple post-nominal letters, the ones of the order (PII for both Knights and Dames) takes precedence. All recipients may encircle their arms with the circlet of the order.
Since the approval of Law No. 4/2020 on 24 February 2020, all members of the order disposes from the same right entitled to parliamentaries and ministries to require a privy audience with the Monarch, a privilege enjoyed firstly solely by the members of the Order of the Silver Cat.
Investiture and installation
When any new members of the Order of Pedro II are due for installation, an investiture ceremony is due to be held in the Throne Room of the Kings Palace and to be attended by all members of the order wearing its collar, sash and badge on which two senion knights of the order assist the Sovereign by placing the collar of the order around the neck of the new knight and in the fastening of the riband about the body of the new knight and in the adjustment of the mantle. Nonetheless, due to the factual impossibility of this realization (for many different reasons), the investiture happens in a much more modest way through the conferring of a letter-patent accompanied by a letter from the King and an owath to be sworn by the new members. The new members have in turn to sent the King a signed letter confirming that they sworn the oath to the order in order for their appointment to be regularized at the Royal Office of Nobility and Knighthood.
Insignia and habit
- The collar of the Order is in gold, consists of baroque chain adorned by platine "PII" monograms. The insignia hangs from a gold and diamond royal crown.
- The badge of the Order is a small round portrait of Emperor Pedro II of Brazil encased in a gold teutonic cross which is circled by laudels, all this over a silver piece. The badge hangs from a gold and diamon crown.
- The star of the Order is
- The ribbon of the Order is a dark pink with a golden yeallow "PII" monogram on its center.
Members of the order
|Name||Grand Master and Sovereign as||Period|
|Arthur II||King of Ebenthal||20 August 2021 – present|
Knights and Dames
- Ministry of Information. List of honours. Published on 7 September 2021. Retrieved on 8 September 2021.