HERALDIC PRIVILEGES OF THE ROYAL AND HASHEMITE ORDER OF THE PEARL
The Royal and Hashemite Order of the Pearl is a recently founded dynastic order of chivalry of the Royal House of Sulu, under the headship of HRH Raja Muda Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram.
At another time, I plan on writing a dedicated article on this particular Royal House, it’s fascinating history and its heraldid insignia & rules. This article is dedicated to the heraldic rules related to the Royal Order mentioned in the title.
However, before we get into the details, a brief introduction into the Order of the Pearl is necessary.
The Royal and Hashemite Order of the Pearl was founded in June of 2011. Membership into the Order is conferred only upon the approval of H.R.H. the Raja Muda (Crown Prince) in his capacity of the Grand Sayyid (Grand Master) of the Order. The Order is not literally an Order of Chivalry and its members are not formally called Knights, because specific noble ranks and definitions, equal to those of Knighthood but more appropriate for the Tausug context, are established for the members of the Order.
There are 6 total grades in the Order:
- The paramount class of the Pearl Collar
- Grand Cordon
- Distinguished Companion