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Order of Infante D. Henrique


Order of Infante D. Henrique

Order of Prince Henry
Ordem do Infante Dom Henrique
File:Ordem do Infante D. Henrique.jpg
Ribbon and star of the order
Awarded by Portuguese Republic
Type Order
Eligibility Portuguese and foreigners; military and civilian
Awarded for Awarded for exceptional and outstanding merits for Portugal and its culture
Sovereign President Aníbal Cavaco Silva
Grades (w/ post-nominals) Grand Collar
Grand Cross
Grand Officer
Established 1960
Next (higher) Order of Saint James of the Sword
Next (lower) Order of Liberty
Ribbon bar of the Prince Henry

The Order of Prince Henry the Navigator (Portuguese: Ordem do Infante Dom Henrique) is a Portuguese National Order of Knighthood created on June 2, 1960, to commemorate the quincentenary of the death of the Infante Henry the Navigator (known in Portuguese as Henrique), fifth son of King John I of Portugal and his queen, Philippa of Lancaster. Minor reforms of the constitution of the Order occurred in 1962 and 1980.[1]

It is a five-tier order, whose titles are awarded for relevant services to Portugal and for services in the expansion of the Portuguese culture, its history and its values (with a particular focus on its maritime history). The number of members in each grade is restricted by its constitution, and titles are attributed by special decree by the Grand Master of the Order, i.e. the President of the Republic of Portugal.


The order includes several classes; in decreasing order of seniority, these are:

  • Grand Collar (Grande Colar - GColIH)
  • Grand Cross (Grã-Cruz - GCIH)
  • Grand Officer (Grande-Oficial - GOIH)
  • Commander (Comendador - ComIH)
  • Officer (Oficial - OIH)
  • Knight / Dame (Cavaleiro / Dama - CavIH / DamIH)

There is also a Silver Medal (Medalha de Prata - MedPIH) and a Gold Medal (Medalha de Ouro - MedOIH).

Ribbons and medals are characterized by equal stripes of blue, white and black (either horizontal or vertical) and a ruby-enamelled golden Jerusalem cross. The stars of Grand Officer and Grand Cross bears the inscription "Talant de bien faire".

Membership to the Order can be granted by the President of his own initiative, or as a result of suggestions made by his Ministers, or following suggestion by the Council of the Order.

Grand Collars of the Order as of May 2009

See also

  • Honorific orders of Portugal


Template:Orders, decorations and medals of Portugal

External links

  • Honorific orders of Portugal
  • List of the Grand Collar of the Order of Infante D. Henrique
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