The Order’s Founding Monarch

King Francesco (Francis) I of the Two Sicilies (left) ruled the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies briefly from 1825 until his death in 1830. As Duke of Calabria (the title of the Heir Apparent), King Francesco was an exemplary military officer and regularly acted as the official representative of his father, King Ferdinando I, visiting remote regions…

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Today’s International Recognition of the Order

Much like the Order of Saint Januarius and the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George, the Royal Order of Francis I remains an ancient, dynastic and internationally recognised institution. The Order, which is neither a state decoration of the Italian Republic or the Holy See, has continued to be conferred long after the overthrow…

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Religious Leaders among those Honoured

Among the leaders of other Christian denominations who have been invested with the Royal Order of Francis I in recognition of their ecumenical achievements are, His Grace The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr Rowan Williams, former Lord Archbishop of Canterbury and Primate of the Anglican Communion (right), The Right Reverend and Right Honourable Lord…

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Interfaith Dialogue Seminars and Charitable Endeavour

The Royal Order of Francis I, together with its sister Order, the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St George, continues to lead the way among lay Catholic knightly associations and brotherhoods, in its commitment to inter-church and inter-faith dialogue. Among important initiatives there was significant engagement with other Christian churches and the leaders of Muslim…

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The Royal Order of Francis I’s Grades and Membership

Founded by King Francesco (Francis) I of the Two Sicilies in 1829 as a reward for civil and military merit, the Royal Order of Francis I is still bestowed today by the Head of the Royal House of Bourbon Two Sicilies. Whereas certain other orders were strictly Roman Catholic in nature and characterised by religious…

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