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Image of the cross of the order
Image of the cross of the order

The Royal Order of Charles XIII (Swedish: Kungliga Carl XIII:s orden) is a Swedish order of merit, founded by King Charles XIII in 1811.

Membership


The Lord and Master of the Order is the King of Sweden, currently His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf. Membership of the order can only be conferred on Freemasons of the Protestant faith. The membership of the order comprises:

There can never be more than 33 persons who are members at the same time. (Men of royal blood are automatically members, and do not count as part of the 33 allotted slots).

Insignia and regalia


The insignia consists of a red St George cross, in the centre a white globe with the monogram of the institutor, two opposite letters C surrounding XIII, in gold. On the reverse the globe has the letter B in gold in an equilateral black and gold edged triangle. The cross is surmounted by a closed golden crown. The insignia is worn around the neck in a red ribbon.

The order uses a habit, introduced 1822, and new knights are dubbed.

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