Order of Faithful Service, Civil Division, Collar
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The Order of Faithful Service was established by King Carol II in 1932. It was suppressed in 1947 following the abolition of the Romanian monarchy, but it was later reinstated in 2004 following the collapse of the communist regime. The President of Romania is the Grand Master.
The Order of Faithful Service is currently conferred in six grades and two divisions upon Romanian citizens, military units, and foreigners in recognition of long and meritorious service to the nation. At the time of its creation, the Order was awarded in three grades: Grand Cross, Grand Officer, and Commander. The Collar and Officer grades were added in 1937, and the Grand Officer, Commander and Officer grades were suppressed in 1939. From 1937-1941, the Order could also be conferred with swords in recognition of wartime merit.
There was a peacetime limit of 12 members in the Collar grade from 1932-1938, and 15 members from 1938-1947. There was never a limit on wartime conferral.
The Collar is composed of 11 alternating links of royal cyphers and miniature crosses of the Order.
See also the Faithful Service Medal (ROM123) and the Faithful Service Cross (ROM131) in the Medals & Decorations of the Kingdom of Romania (1881-1947) for the awards that preceded the Order of Faithful Service.
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