THE IMPERIAL AND
ORDER OF SAINT JOSEPH
Summary of the Statutes in English
The Order was instituted in 1807 by Ferdinand III when Grand Duke of Wurzburg and transformed into a Tuscan Dynastic Order in 1817.
It was given a Constitution on 18 March 1817, and additional regulations on 1 August 1817. Two Magistral Decrees of 1 January 1990 and 15 January 1992 were issued by Grand Duke Leopold, and a decree of 10 October 1990 established the Magistral Commission of the Order.
(1) The terms "civil" and "military" have been abandoned as superfluous; the full name is Order of Merit under the title of Saint Jpseph", and will be usually called "Order of Saint Joseph".
(2) It will be given to reward services towards Tuscan culture and civilization and to the Grand Ducal House.
(3) The maximum number of Knights Grand Cross will be thirty, of Commanders sixty and of Knights one hundred and fifty, excluding Sovereigns, Heads of State, and Prinmces of the Grand Ducal House and other Royal Houses, Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church and Tuscan Metropolitan Archbishops.
Knights Grand Cross of Justice and holders of the great offices of Saint Stephen will automatically become Grand Crosses of Saint Joseph but will not be included in the numerical limits.
(4) In cases of great merit the Grand Cross can be conferred on persons of conspicuous nobility or high social standing with express dispensation of presenting noble proofs.
(5) The grades of commander and knight are conferred on nobles or distinguished individuals who have fulfilled the requirements of article 2.
(6) Ladies who have fulfilled the requirements of article 2 may be appointed Dames of the Order; the Grand Cross can be conferred on the most eminent ladies. The number of lady members cannot exceed fifty, excluding Princesses of the Grand Ducal and other Royal Houses, wives of Heads of State and Dames of Santo Stefano.
(7) Decrees of nomination must be signed by Us, and countersigned by the Grand Chancellor and Secretary and registered in the Chancery.
(8) The form of the decorations is prescribed in earlier Constitutions. Dames wear the same Cross as Knights but from a bow on the left breast. Dame Grand Crosses wear the Cross hanging from a Riband like the Knights but without the Star.
(9) The Magistral Commission is confirmed in its functions. The Grand Chancellor, Secretary and Members of the Magistral Commission are nominated by Our decree.
(10) The dispositions by our predecessor concerning the provisional functions of the Chancery made before his succession are confirmed.
(11) All the proposals of nomination and matters concerning the Order will be dealt with by Our Secretary in Florence.
(12) Any dispositions which contradict the present decree are revoked. Other constitutional norms remain in force and any problems will be resolved by Our decrees, in discussion with the Grand Chancellor.
(13) The present decree signed and countersigned by the Grand Chancellor and Secretary will be desposited and registered in the Chancery of the Order.
London, 9 June 1994.