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Grand Order of Queen Jelena

Grand Order of Queen Jelena
with Sash and Morning Star
Grand Order of Queen Jelena.jpg
Grand Order of Queen Jelena
(top: Grand Order medal with sash; bottom: Morning Star (Danica) medal; left: smaller decorative version ; right: Grand Order ribbon)
Awarded by the Republic of Croatia
Eligibility Highly ranked state officials, foreign officials, senior military officials
Awarded for "Contributions to the international reputation and status of the Republic of Croatia, for exceptional contributions to the independence and integrity of the Republic of Croatia, the development and construction of the Republic of Croatia, and for their personal exceptional contributions to the development of relationships between Croatia and the Croatian people and other countries and peoples; for exceptional contributions in the formulation of military strategy and doctrine, for merit in developing the Croatian armed forces, and for particular accomplishment in the leadership and command of the Croatian armed forces"
Status Currently awarded
Statistics
Established 1 April 1995 [1]
Precedence
Next (higher) Grand Order of King Tomislav
Next (lower) Grand Order of King Petar Krešimir IV
Ribbon of a Grand Order of Queen Jelena.png
Ribbon of the Grand Order of Queen Jelena

The Grand Order of Queen Jelena (Croatian: Velered kraljice Jelene), or more fully the Grand Order of Queen Jelena with Sash and Morning Star (Velered kraljice Jelene s lentom i Danicom), is an order of the Republic of Croatia. It was established in 1995. It ranks second in the Croatian order of precedence after the Grand Order of King Tomislav.

The order, along with the Grand Order of King Petar Krešimir IV, is awarded to dignitaries, other state officials and heads of international organizations for their contributions to the international reputation and status of the Republic of Croatia; to Croatian and foreign statesmen and parliamentary and government leaders for exceptional contributions to the independence and integrity of the Republic of Croatia, the development and construction of the Republic of Croatia, and for their personal exceptional contributions to the development of relationships between Croatia and the Croatian people and other countries and peoples; and to senior armed forces officers for exceptional contributions in the formulation of military strategy and doctrine, for merit in developing the Croatian armed forces, and for particular accomplishment in the leadership and command of the Croatian armed forces.[2]

It is named after Queen Helen I of Croatia.

DescriptionEdit

The badge of the order is a blue trefoil edged in gold. The trefoil is topped by a crown in the form of the upper part of the Croatian coat of arms (five shields representing the five geographical regions that comprise Croatia) with the words "KRALJICE JELENE" at the base. The badge is suspended from a sash of equal stripes of blue, white and red, with an interwoven wattle pattern on the red and blue stripes.

The star of the order has the badge above on a star with eight longer and eight shorter silver rays, with gold rays between.

Notable recipientsEdit

Foreign officialsEdit

Croatian dignitariesEdit

Further readingEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Zakon o odlikovanjima i priznanjima Republike Hrvatske" (in Croatian). Narodne novine. 24 March 1995. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  2. ^ Zakon o odlikovanjima, section 8
  3. ^ "President Mesić meets Japanese Emperor Akihito". HINA. 2008-03-05. Retrieved 2011-11-24. 
  4. ^ "Japan-Croatia Summit Meeting". Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet. 2008-03-05. Retrieved 2008-03-10. 
  5. ^ Ured predsjednika RH
  6. ^ Ured predsjednika RH
  7. ^ Hrvatski spomenar
  8. ^ a b c "Odluka kojom se odlikuju Veleredom kraljice Jelene" (in Croatian). Narodne novine. 20 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-12. 
  9. ^ "Odluka kojom se posmrtno odlikuje Ivica Račan" (in Croatian). Narodne novine. 16 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-12.