Order of Civil Merit and Order of Isabel the Catholic medals.
PHOTO MAEC/Nacho Gómez
Medals and uniforms

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation is responsible for handling the granting of medals corresponding to the Order of Isabel the Catholic and the Order of Civil Merit.

01/01/2013

Order of Isabel the Catholic medals
The Order of Isabel the Catholic was founded by King Fernando VII (1784-1833), on 14 March 1815, under the name of the Royal American Order of Isabel the Catholic, in memory of the great Queen whose policies and efforts led to the discovery of America, in order to reward loyalty and merit proven to the benefit of the prosperity of these territories.

Currently, the Order of Isabel the Catholic seeks to reward extraordinary civil conduct by Spaniards or foreigners to the benefit of the nation or that significantly contribute to helping foster relations of friendship and cooperation between the Nation of Spain and the rest of the international community.

His Majesty the King is the Grand Master of the Order of Isabel the Catholic. All the medals bestowed under this order are done so in his name and the corresponding titles are authorised with the seal of his signature.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs is the Grand Chancellor of the Order of Isabel the Catholic. It falls to him to ask for the approval of the Council of Ministers for draft Royal Decrees authorising the bestowal of the Collar and Grand Cross and other lower honours in the name of His Majesty the King. All of the titles and medals of this order must bear his name.

The regulatory framework is contained in Royal Decree 2395/1998, of 6 November.


Order of Civil Merit medals
The Order of Civil Merit was founded by Alfonso XIII, by a Royal Decree of 25 June 1926, in order to reward “civic virtues of State public servants, as well as extraordinary services of Spanish citizens and foreigners for the good of the nation”.

His Majesty the King is the Grand Master of the Order of Civil Merit. All the medals bestowed under this order are done so in his name and the corresponding titles are authorised with the seal of his signature.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs is the Grand Chancellor of the Order of Civil Merit. It falls to him to ask for the approval of the Council of Ministers for draft Royal Decrees authorising the bestowal of the Collar and Grand Cross and other less important honours in the name of His Majesty the King. All of the titles and medals of this order must bear his name.

The different insignia corresponding to the different levels of the Order of Civil Merit are contained in Royal Decree 2396/1998, of 6 November.


Diplomatic career uniforms
Diplomatic career uniforms, regulated under the Congress of Vienna (1815) are currently regulated by Ministerial Order of 3 October 1997 and Circular 322.

Twitter@SpainMFA

  • 17 Jan @SpainMFA * The Minister of Foreign Affairs will participate in the 5+5 dialogue, a meeting of Western #Mediterranean countries… https://t.co/lg19Upni9B
  • 17 Jan @SpainMFA * RT @EU_Commission: There is only one acceptable data in the polling booth: your vote! 🗳 We welcome the agreement reached today to tighten…
  • 17 Jan @SpainMFA * ⚡Seven new ambassadors in #Spain have presented their credentials to HM The King, in an act at the Royal Palace of… https://t.co/9uW67Wldoo
  • 16 Jan @SpainMFA * 🇰🇪 Spain fervently condemns the terrorist attack in #Nairobi and wishes to express its solidarity with the people a… https://t.co/7xxgY5DE64
  • 16 Jan @SpainMFA * @sanchezcastejon, #Spain's PM: "It is time to protect the values that make the #EU a unique project, to protect… https://t.co/iVS5FOqkZ1
  • 16 Jan @SpainMFA * Spanish FM @JosepBorrellF stresses some of the ideas of PM @sanchezcastejon's speech at the @Europarl_ES: "We must… https://t.co/iijm6ovP2D
  • 16 Jan @SpainMFA * Spanish PM @sanchezcastejon recalls before the @Europarl_ES the crucial test #Europe faces in May, date of the… https://t.co/ZiEpWj7zs1
  • 16 Jan @SpainMFA * RT @EP_President: Live - Press Conference with Prime Minister Sanchez 🇪🇸 on the future of Europe 🇪🇺 #Brexit https://t.co/aEeBhMwfBI
  • 15 Jan @SpainMFA * @JosepBorrellF, Spanish FM, stresses #Spain's involvement with the @UNESCO: ✅We are the third country with the mos… https://t.co/wvVKr2qOOu
  • 15 Jan @SpainMFA * In a meeting held today in #Madrid with @UNESCO Director-General @AAzoulay, Spanish FM @JosepBorrellF highlighted… https://t.co/3JvESFV6UL
  • 15 Jan @SpainMFA * RT @PKraehenbuehl: In important mtg, I thanked Spanish FM @JosepBorrellF for remarkable increase of Spain’s contribution to @UNRWA and expr…
  • 15 Jan @SpainMFA * RT @PKraehenbuehl: Excellent mtg w/ @sanchezcastejon today in Madrid. Spanish Prime Minister held engaging dialogue w/ @UNRWA students Hana…
  • 15 Jan @SpainMFA * #UNRWA Commissioner-General @PKraehenbuehl met in Madrid with Spanish FM, @JosepBorrellF. Min. Borrell highlighted… https://t.co/AtQTd0VXIT
  • 15 Jan @SpainMFA * 🇵🇱 Spain fervently condemns the attack against Pawel Adamowicz, Mayor of #Gdansk, and is deeply saddened by his dea… https://t.co/3z4BZxhiG2
  • 14 Jan @SpainMFA * 🇸🇳The Spanish Ambassador in #Senegal recently visited #cooperation projects supported by #Spain through @AECID_es i… https://t.co/pbUjGVqtQS

Featured

  • Inscríbete en el Registro de Viajeros
  • Recomendaciones de Viaje
  • Fichas por país
  • TWITTER
  • FACEBOOK
  • YOUTUBE
  • FLICKR
  • Instagram
  • Twitter SpainMFA
  • BLOGS
  • ATLAS DE REDES SOCIALES
  • PARTICIPACIÓN CIUDADANA
  • TRANSPARENCIA
  • MAEUEC / Sede Palacio de Santa Cruz
    Plaza de la Provincia, 1
    28012 MADRID
    Tfno: 91 379 97 00
  • MAEUEC / Sede Palacio de Viana
    Duque de Rivas, 1
    28071 MADRID
    Tfno: 91 379 97 00
  • MAEUEC / Sede Torres Ágora
    Serrano Galvache, 26
    28033 MADRID
    Tfno: 91 379 97 00
  • AECID
    Avda. Reyes Católicos, 4
    28040 MADRID
    Tfno: 91 583 81 00 / 01
    Fax: 91 583 83 10 / 11
  • Dirección General de Españoles en el Exterior y de Asuntos Consulares
    C/ Pechuán, 1
    28002 MADRID
    Tfno: 91 379 17 00
Gobierno de España
©Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores, Unión Europea y Cooperación
Portal gestionado por la Dirección General de Comunicación e Información Diplomática
Premio Ciudadanía 2016
Premio Ciudadanía 2016