Source: Antigua Chronicle
Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston A. Browne and His Royal Highness Prince Charles of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duke of Castro were among high officials who received honours and awards as the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George and Antigua and Barbuda forged closer relations.
To mark the first official visit and in line with standard and regular international customs and traditions, an Exchange of Honours ceremony took place at Government House in St. John’s between the Grand Magistry of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George and Government Officials of Antigua & Barbuda during which high institutional awards were granted in reciprocity to each other’s delegation. Such awards were granted by virtue of the holder’s office and not specifically for individual merit.
Awards of Knighthoods were bestowed in recognition of the Order’s longstanding contribution to charitable, humanitarian and inter-religious endeavour in Antigua and Barbuda, the Commonwealth and wider world.
Pursuant to the National Honours Act of Antigua and Barbuda, His Excellency Sir Rodney Williams, Governor General and Grand Master and on the advice of Her Majesty’s Antigua and Barbuda Ministers, gave orders for the following appointments to the Most Distinguished Order of the Nation:
Knight Grand Cross (KGCN)
- His Royal Highness Prince Charles of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duke of Castro
- His Eminence Renato Raffaele Cardinal Martino
- His Excellency Sir Anthony Bailey, OBE
Dame Grand Cross (DGCN)
- Her Royal Highness Princess Camilla of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duchess of Castro,
Knight Commander (KCN)
- Sir Cyril Woods
- Sir Nadhmi Auchi
- Sir William Jeffcock
- Sir Spas Roussev
Reciprocating, the Grand Magistry of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George conferred the following appointments on officials in Antigua and Barbuda:
Gold Benemerenti Medal of the Sacred Military Order of St George and Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Francis I
- His Excellency Sir Rodney Williams, Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda
Silver Benemerenti Medal of the Sacred Military Order of St George and Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Francis I
- The Honourable Gaston A. Browne, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Corporate Governance of Antigua and Barbuda
Knight Grand Cross of Merit of the Sacred Military Order of St George
- The Honourable Charles Henry Fernandez, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Antigua and Barbuda.
Knight Commander of Merit with Star of the Sacred Military Order of St George
- His Excellency Sir David Shoul, Ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda to the Holy See
Knight Commander of the Royal Order of Francis I
- His Excellency Ambassador Colin Murdoch, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
The investiture ceremony took place at Government House, St John’s, in the presence of the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister together with senior state, diplomatic and ecclesiastical representatives.
Since 2012 and as part of official visits by or to the Grand Master or Cardinal Grand Prior of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George, Exchanges of Honours have taken place between the Order and nations newly approved for charitable support such as Italy, Portugal, Ireland, Sovereign Military Order of Malta, Kosovo, Albania, Lesotho, Tonga, Colombia, Dominica, Montenegro, Gibraltar and Panama.
Charitable work to be carried out in Antigua and Barbuda include completion of the Good Samaritan Catholic Church and Community Centre in Hatton, the renovation of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, construction of classroom and office complexes at the St. Joseph’s Academy, Christ the King High School and St. John’s Catholic Primary and construction assistance towards the completion of renovation work at Government House and the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.