Order of the Black Cross

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Order of the Black Cross
Order of the Black Cross.png
Awarded by the Republic of Latitudia
Type Chivalry
Established 17 November 2015
Motto Valiant, Steadfast, Compassionate
Awarded for Honoring the motto "Valiant, Steadfast, Compassionate" in his or her work for personal freedom and especially within the micronational community
Status Active
Supreme Knight Protector HRH Anders of Latitudia
Grades Supreme Knight/Dame (SKBC/SDBC)
Knight/Dame (KBC/DBC)
Commander (CBC)
Statistics
First induction 17 November 2015
Total inductees 7
Precedence
Next (higher) Latitudian Grand Order of Excellence
Next (lower) Latitudian Order

The Order of the Black Cross is an order of chivalry awarded by the Republic of Latitudia. It was founded together with several other awards and decorations on 17 November 2015 by REG/2015:14. The title is awarded to a domestic or foreign dignitary for honoring the motto Valiant, Steadfast, Compassionate in his or her work for personal freedom and especially within the micronational community. This honour can be awarded to any person inside or outside a micronation, by the ruling monarch or High Council of Latitudia. Upon recieving and accepting an award the subject should proudly and gracefully display it in all its splendor in at least micronational context. The award and title can be revoked at any time only by the current ruling monarch or High Council of Latitudia.

As only one of the grades has a maximum quota, this order is continously being awarded.

Grades

There are four grades in the Latitudian Order, the Supreme Knight/Dame Protector is chosen as the official patron of the order, and is also only awarded to the current ruling monarch. There is no limit of recipients for the remaining four grades, but a fair balance between them is desireable. If presented with a ribbon, medal or similar it should be worn at every official social event should it be appropriate.

  • Supreme Knight Protector of the Order of the Black Cross, SKPBC/SDPBC
  • Supreme Knight/Dame of the Order of the Black Cross, SKBC/SDBC
  • Knight/Dame of the Order of the Black Cross, KBC/DBC
  • Commander of the Order of the Black Cross, CBC

Styles

Recipients of all four grades are referred to as Sir/Dame, unless they have a senior or royal title. They may call themselves according their grade, a Knight or Dame at their own discretion. Postnominals may be shown with or without points (full stops); e.g. K.B.C. or KBC, but preferrably without. When several postnominals are present, if possible put the highest or most senior award first. Postnominals as abbreviations are never used verbally, only in written text.

  • Sir John Smith SKPBC/SKBC/KBC/CBC
  • Dame Mary Smith SDPBC/SDBC/DBC/CBC

Spouses

A spouse to a Knight/Dame may or may not choose to be addressed Mr/Lady Smith, given that they share the surname with the recipient. If chosen, the formal address is Sir John and Lady Mary Smith and Dame Mary and Mr John Smith. If chosen not to, the formal address is Sir John and Mrs Smith and Dame Mary and Mr Smith. If they don't share the same surname, the style will instead be Sir John Smith and Lady Mary Grant, etc. In Swedish, when used, the address would be Herr och fru Smith regardless of stature. Any royal or foreign styles will have precedence.

Recipients

Supreme Knight Protector (SKPBC)

Name Nation Date of Receiving
HRH Anders of Latitudia Republic of Latitudia 17 November 2015

Supreme Knights/Dames (SKBC/SDBC)

Name Nation Date of Receiving
HRH Victor of Geschwornern Republic of Latitudia 17 November 2015
HRH Prince Roy Bates Principality of Sealand 9 January 2016
Mememaster-General Horatio Eden Federal Republic of Whestcorea 9 January 2016

Knights/Dames (KBC/DBC)

Name Nation Date of Receiving
HM Queen Carolyn Ladonia 9 January 2016

Commanders (CBC)

Name Nation Date of Receiving
HE President Kevin Baugh Republic of Molossia 9 January 2016
HRH Prince Regent Michael Bates Principality of Sealand 9 January 2016