Order of the Blue Blood
|Order of the Blue Blood|
Ordem do Sangue Azul
|Awarded by the King of Ebenthal|
|Established||2016 (Roschfallenian order)|
2020 (Ebenthali order)
|Motto||"Man like few, prince like none" -King Albert I of Belgium on Luís, Prince Imperial of Brazil.|
|Awarded for||At His Majety's pleasure|
|Grand Master||King Arthur II|
|Next (higher)||Order of the Ebony Crown|
|Next (lower)||Order of Lady Mary|
Ribbon of the Order
The Order of the Blue Blood (Portuguese: Ordem do Sangue Azul) is a dynastic order of the Clan Brum and a national of the Kingdom of Ebenthal exclusively awarded to royalty at the monarch's pleasure. It is the second higher honour of Ebenthal as of current, in substitution to the Order of the Swiss Prince, historically the higher and later second higher national order (and currently a sub-national order).
The order was established in 2016 by King Arthur I, of the Clan Brum as a national order of the Kingdom of Roschfallen. In December 2020, King Ferdinand I of Roschfallen ceded the order's sovereignty and mastership back to the Clan Brum as a dynastic order and the order was subsequently attached to the national pantheon of orders and awards of the Kingdom of Ebenthal, whose throne is occupied by the said dynasty in the figure of King Arthur II.
The Roschfallenian order
The Order of the Blue Blood was founded on 26 January 2016 by King Arthur I of Roschfallen as national order, loosely based in the Order of the Garter, with the purpose to award royal friends. The term "Blue Blood" comes from the old Visighotic tradition of saying that the Christian royals had blue blood in contrast to the average red blood of the Moors in the Iberian peninsula. The term was popularized in countries that emerged from what was the Visigothic Kingdom (namely Portugal and Spain), as well as in its former colonies, and was adapted to the English language in 1811 in the Annual Register and started to be used from 1834 to categorize people of royal descent.
In Roschfallen, the order occupied the third most prestigious position, behind the orders of the Golden Triumph and of Vissen the Mad. Eventually it became more prestigious due to its name and its unique recipients, especially in contrast to the other orders in the realm, which were held to be meaningless.
The Ebenthali order
From 2019 Roschfallen entered in an age of decay with less and less political activity and the departure of significant government officials which culminated in the abdication of King Arthur I at the end of the year and his succession by King Ferdinand I.
In October 2020 the former King of Roschfallen and current King of Ebenthal, Arthur II, thought of revive the order under his rule. He then sought the King Ferdinad I of Roschfallen and proposed to him an accord by which the Roschfallenian State would hand over the order back to the Clan Brum on behalf of the Ebenthali State. With the order virtually inactive, the Roschfallenian monarch agreed and the governments of Ebenthal and Roschfallen strucked a deal and both monarchs signed the Treaty of the Blue Blood.
On 4 December 2020 the Ebenthali Government ratified the treaty and the Order of the Blue Blood officially became a dynastic order of the Ebenthali Royal Family and it was incorpored at the national pantheon of orders and awards. Those who have been previously appointed as members of the order by the Roschfallenian monarch got their positions reviewed and were mostly kept as members. The order went through another reformation on 20 August 2021, being transformed into a single-grade 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 except for the higher Order of the Silver Cat. 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 (
GCSA for Grand Crosses; COSA for Commanders; OSA for Officials; OBB for Knights and Dames) takes precedence. All recipients may encircle their arms with the circlet of the 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 one degree, but it had formerly four:
Grand Cross (GCSA) – Wears the badge on a collar (chain) or on a sash on the right shoulder, plus the medal on the left chest; Commander (COSA) – Wears the badge on a necklet, plus the medal on the left chest; Officer (OSA) – Wears the badge on a necklet;
- Knight (OBB) – Wears the badge on a ribbon on the left chest;
Grand Masters of the Order
|Name||Grand Master as||Period|
|Arthur I||King of Roschfallen||26 January 2016 - 29 December 2019|
|Ferdinand I||King of Roschfallen||29 December 2019 - 4 December 2020|
|Arthur II||King of Ebenthal||4 December 2020 – present|