Order of Civil Merit and Order of Isabel the Catholic medals.
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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.

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