The Royal Order of Constantine the Great and Saint Helen

We believe in the power of FAITH, HOPE, and CHARITY.    

  • FAITH in Chivalry
  • HOPE in our Benefactors, Knights, Dames and Nobles; and 
  • CHARITY to help disadvantaged, abused, or neglected Women and Children of the World

BENEFITS OF BENEFACTORS, KNIGHTS, DAMES AND NOBLES


The Benefits of a Benefactor, Dame, Knight,  or Noble of "The Sovereign and Royal House of Cappadocia and San Bartolomeo" and any of its three (3) Orders of Chivalry


First, by becoming a Squire, Lady-in-Waiting, Benefactor, a Dame, Knight or Noble of this International Order of Chivalry. Ladies and Gentlemen from all walks of life and virtually all regions of the world have established what will hopefully become a lifetime relationship in one of – if not the – oldest recognized such Orders.

Our Prince Grand Master, His Royal and Serene Highness Prince Rafael Andujar y Vilches, is a retired international business executive, world-recognized humanitarian, and a highly respected citizen of Spain. He is the titular head of the Sovereign and Royal House of Cappadocia and San Bartolomeo. In addition, he serves as Prince Grand Master its three Orders of Chivalry, The Royal Order of Constantine the Great and Saint Helen, The Constantinian Order of Cappadocia, and The Royal Military Order of Saint Charles.

His various Noble Titles, formally recognized by the International Courts of Nobility, include The Royal Prince of Cappadocia – Prince of San Bartolomeo – Prince of Barzana di Sotto - Byzantine Patrician of the Holy Roman Empire – Duque of Sperlinga – Duque of Outzitje – Count of Edesa – Viscount of Francavilla – Baron of San Bartolome – Baron of Racalmallina – Lord of Carrubia - Lord of Vaccarizzo Soprano e Sottano and Vaccaro – Lord of Santa Venera.

More information can be found at: https://www.principalityofcappadocia.org/

Exceptional individuals of the medical, scientific, arts, entertainment, military, and business communities are among our Knights, Dames, and Nobles. They are at the tip of the spear of “The Worldwide Knightly Renaissance”. We recognize the spirit of the “Knights of Olde” who eons ago vowed to protect and help the less fortunate. Among us are international philanthropists as well as regular – but like-minded -- individuals who help the needy and less fortunate through our Royal Order’s charitable efforts, with a particular focus to establish and support a “Saint Helen's Home for Women and Children” within the jurisdiction of every Grand Priory of the Royal House.

Major white-tie and black-tie Investitures and galas are held each year in such delightful locales as Helsinki, Finland (late March); Tokyo, Japan (late July); and Beverly Hills, California (Mid-September).  Benefactors, Knights, Dames, and Nobles of our Royal House and its Royal Orders are invited to attend and to meet and befriend our leadership and overseas Individuals. Several of our International Priories organize educational and thoroughly enjoyable travel tours and visits. These are among the many opportunities available to our Benefactors, Knights, Dames, and Nobles.

INVESTITURES

Knight (Title: Chevalier or Sir): A gentleman who was nominated and dubbed a Knight; and who has paid the required: a) Passage Fees (donation); and b) meets the minimum required Annual Contributions in Time, Talent and Treasure (donations) to their Priory or directly to the Royal Order.  Regalia: 24 Karat gold plated Knight’s Cross with red enameled cross and golden highlighted edging and royal crown suspended by a red neck suspension ribbon; lapel insignia, miniature medal for formal wear, Challenge Coin with emblems of Constantine the Great and Saint Helen, custom jewelry case with the dual-crest seal of the Royal Order for display or storage; Large frameable formal Certificate of Knighthood signed by H.R.H. Prince Rafael. Official photographs of your knighting ceremony and the overall event.

Dame (Title: Dame or Lady): A woman who was nominated and invested a Dame; and who has paid the required: a) Passage Fees (donation); and b) meets the minimum required Annual Contributions in Time, Talent and Treasure (donations) to their Priory or directly to the Royal Order. Regalia: 24 Karat gold plated Dame’s medallion suspended from a pristine white breast bow, lapel insignia and scarf stickpin, miniature medal for formal wear, Challenge Coin with emblems of Constantine and Saint Helen, custom jewelry case with the dual-crest seal of the Royal Order for display or storage; Large frameable Certificate of Damehood signed by H.R.H. Prince Rafael. Official photographs of your investiture ceremony and the overall event.

Individuals of The Royal Court: Dames and Knights are recommended for this most senior category of Knighthood or Damehood. Generally high-ranking elected/appointed government officials; Major entertainment celebrities, senior rank military officials, senior business executives, leaders in the Arts, and other exceptional professionals, etc. These Knights and Dames who have been nominated and invested a Dame or Knight and have paid the required: a) Passage Fees (donation); and  This category of Knight- or Damehood needs to be recommended by the Secretary of State, Minister of the Interior or by The Deputy Grand Master and approved by His Royal Highness. Regalia: For Knights: 24 Karat gold plated Knight’s Cross with red enameled cross and golden highlighted edging and royal crown suspended by a red neck suspension ribbon; The sword you were dubbed with by H.R.H. Prince Rafael featuring: The Royal House Seal, the Seal of the Order, your title, full name, and date engraved thereon. Sword scabbard. A special lapel insignia, a miniature medal for formal wear, a Challenge Coin with emblems of Constantine and Saint Helen, a custom jewelry case for the regalia, with the dual-crest seal of the Royal Order for display or storage, Certificate of Knighthood signed by H.R.H. Prince Rafael mounted in display-quality wood. Official photographs of your knighting ceremony and the overall event.

Regalia For Dames: 24 Karat gold plated Dame’s medallion suspended from a pristine white breast bow; a special Ceremonial Scepter presented in a custom-made blue drawstring pouch secured by a gold drawstring and with your title and full name embroidered in gold thread thereon. A lapel insignia and a scarf stickpin, miniature medal for formal wear, Challenge Coin with emblems of Constantine and Saint Helen, custom jewelry case with the dual-crest seal of the Royal Order for display or storage, Large laminated Certificate of Damehood signed by H.R.H. Prince Rafael and mounted in display-quality wood. Official photographs of your investiture ceremony, formal photograph with Prince Rafael, and select photos from the overall event.

Noble Title:  A Knight or Dame who was nominated and bestowed a Noble Title by a Royal Decree; and who has paid the required: a) Passage Fees (donation); and b) made the Annual Contributions in Time, Talent or Treasure) to their Priory or directly to the Royal Order.  The Regalia for Nobles depends on the Rank of Nobility in the Royal House.

Benefactor:  Any person interested in Chivalry, Royal Orders, and Royal Houses (ages 18 and above) with a good, reputable record and honorable character can apply and become a “Benefactor” of the Royal House and the Royal Order of  Constantine the Great and Saint Helen.  A Welcome Committee of a Grand Priory of the Royal Order responsible for your jurisdiction will contact you.  Benefactors receive a Certificate and the beautiful Royal Order Benefactor Jewel and Pin. They will be introduced via Social Media to the other Benefactors, Knights, Dames/Ladies, and Nobles,  will be listed in the Royal Order Directory,  will be invited to participate in programs and events both virtual and in-person, will learn about the rich heritage of the Sovereign and Royal House of Cappadocia, it's Principality and its three Orders of Chivalry. Will be invited to participate in our Charity, the “Saint Helen's Homes for Women and Children” who are disadvantaged, abused in need of temporary medical, physical, psychological, and spiritual assistance. To become a  Benefactor is a requisite step in attaining knight-, damehood and voting rights in The Royal Order of Saint Constantine the Great and Saint Helen.

Squire: A young gentlemen, the son of a Knight, Dame or Noble, 14 to 20 years (age waivable by Priors and above)whose application to join was granted by a Prior of the Order; and who has paid the required special reduced Annual Contributions in Time, Talent and Treasure (donations) made to their Priory's or the Royal Order.  Regalia: Full size and Miniature Medal of Constantine the Great, Crest of Constantine the Great Lapel Pin, Certificate of Appointment.

Lady-in-waiting:  A young lady, the daughter of a Knight, Dame or Noble, 14 to 20 years (age waivable by Priors and above) whose application to join was granted by a Prior of the Order; and who has paid the required, reduced Contributions in Time, Talent and Treasure (donations) to their Priory's or the Royal Order. Regalia: Full size and Miniature Medal of Saint Helen, Oval Crest of St. Helen Lapel Pin, Certificate of Appointment.

Additional opportunities and benefits:

·         Networking: Opportunities for networking with experts in your field of specialty when participating in our professional activities at the local, state, national, and international levels.

·         Leadership Development: Various opportunities to develop your leadership skills.

·         Interactive Website: Gain access to sections of the Royal Order website.

·         Serving Your Colleagues: You will have the privilege of serving as a delegate, officer, or committee Individuals at the national and international level. You’ll vote on important issues, decisions and actions.

·         Making lasting friendships: The like-minded individuals that you encounter during your activities in our Royal Order of Constantine the Great and Saint Helen will often become life-long friends.

We cordially invite you to read the informative features on our state-of-the-art website https://www.principalityofcappadocia.org/ For additional information, check the different sections of our website.


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