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Royal Order of the Crown of Tonga
Ko e Fakalangilangi ‘o Kalauni ‘o Tonga
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Awarded by King of Tonga
Type Order of Merit
Royal house House of Tupou
Religious affiliation None
Motto "KO E OTUA MO TONGA KO HOKU TOFI'A" ("God and Tonga are my patrimony")
Eligibility Civilians and militaries, tongan or foreigners
Awarded for Exceptional services to the State and the Crown
Status Currently constituted
Grand Master Tupou VI
Grades (w/ post-nominals) Knight Grand Cross
Grand Cross
Commander
Member
Established 16 April 1913[1]
Precedence
Next (higher) Order of Queen Salote Tupou III
Next (lower) Royal Military Order of St. George
Order of the Crown of Tonga - ribbon bar.gif
Ribbon of the order

The Royal Order of the Crown of Tonga (Tongan:Fakalangilangi 'o Kalauni 'o Tonga) is an Order of Merit awarded for exceptional services to Tonga and the Crown of Tonga.

History[edit]

It was established 16 April 1913 by George Tupou II to reward those who distinguished themselves by exceptional services to the State and the Crown. It was reorganized on 31 July 2008 by King George Tupou V, in particular relatively to all the classes of merit. It can be awarded to militaries and civilians, native of Tonga or foreigner, without distinction of religion.

Classes[edit]

The order is presented in four classes:

Since 2008 [2][3] 1913-2008 [1]
  • Knight Grand Cross (K.G.C.C.T.) - Grand Collar, Star, Sash, Miniature & ribbon bar
  • Grand Cross (G.C.C.T.) - Star, Sash, Miniature & ribbon bar
  • Commander (C.C.T.) - Necklet, Miniature & ribbon bar
  • Member (M.C.T.) - Breast Badge, Miniature & ribbon bar
  • Knight Grand Commander
  • Knight Commander
  • Commander
  • Companion

Insignia[edit]

The Sash for the two upper classes is a red moiré sash with a white stripe near each edge. Men's sash is 102mm wide (proportions : 2.5/14.5/68/14.5/2.5mm). Women's sash is 75mm wide (proportions : 1.5/10./51/10.5/1.5mm).

Knight Grand Cross[edit]

The Collar is a double gold chain , set with a 6-pointed white enamel gold edged star (centre-piece), with on either side moving upwards; a golden dove in flight, three gold crossed swords, a 6-pointed white enamel gold edged star. Hanging from it, a white enamel Maltese cross with a narrow gold edge, pendant from a gold Tongan crown. The red central medallion has a raised gold Tongan crown, the red riband has a gold legend in capital letters : "KO E OTUA MO TONGA KO HOKU TOFI'A" ("God and Tonga are my patrimony").

The Knight Grand Cross' Star / Plaque is a silver, silver-gilt & enamel 8-pointed faceted star with the collar-badge (minus the crown), placed in the centre.

Grand Cross[edit]

The Grand Cross' Star is a silver 8-pointed faceted star, with the collar-badge (minus the crown), placed in the centre.

Commander[edit]

The Commander’s Necklet Badge is a white badge with a gold crown worn from the neck on a ribbon, approx. 41mm wide, red with two white stripes near the edge (approximative proportions 1/5.5/28/5.5/1 mm).

Member[edit]

The Member’s Badge is a breast badge (smaller than Commander's) worn from a similar 36mm ribbon (approximative proportions 6/6/12/6/6mm). [3] [2]

References[edit]



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