Order of Grimaldi, Grand Cross
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The Order of Grimaldi was established by Prince Rainier III by Ordinance on November 18, 1954. It is conferred in recognition of contributions to the prestige of Monaco. The Sovereign is Grand Master.
All members of the Order are received as Knights, and all promotions are made based on services rendered in the previous grade. Knights may be promoted to Officer after 4 years, Officers may be promoted to Commander after 3 years, Commanders may be promoted to Grand Officer after 4 years, and Grand Officers may be promoted to Grand Cross after 5 years. These requirements do not apply to members of the Royal Family or foreigners.
The Grand Cross features an obverse inscription that translates to "Rainier Grimaldi, Prince of Monaco," and a reverse inscription that translates to "Principality of Monaco, 1950.”
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