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04 November 2013

The Albanian Royal Orders of Chivalry in Madrid

The Albanian Royal Orders at the International Colloquium on Orders of chivalry and honours systems in the XXIth century – Madrid, october 25-26 2013

The International Commission on Orders of Chivalry (ICOC) held an international conference on the relevance of the orders of chivalry and other honours systems in the XXIth century. This international colloquium was kindly hosted by la Real Asociación de Hidalgos de España and the Instituto Español de Estudios Nobiliarios. Conferences and debates took place at the prestigious Colegio Mayor Universitario Marqués de la Ensenada in Madrid, property of the Real Asociación. The meeting was prepared and chaired by Pier Felice degli Uberti, president and chairman of the ICOC and director of the « Il Mondo del Cavaliere » review, José Antonio Martinez de Villareal y Fernandez-Hermosa, count of Villareal and Grandee of Spain, president of the Real Asociación de Hidalgos de España and chairman of the Instituto Español de Estudios Nobiliarios, Mr Michel Teyllard d’Eyry, president of the Confédération internationale de généalogie et d’héraldique (CIGH), Mr Michel Popoff, president of the Académie internationale d’héraldique (AIG), HIRH archduke Josef-Karl of Austria, prince of Hungary, member of the ICOC, and Nob. Guglielmo dei principi Giovanelli Marconi, member of Famiglie storiche d’Italia.

Among those leading experts on this item that honoured by their presence and their interesting briefings were Guy Stair Sainty and Jaime de Salazar y Acha.

During the session of Saturday morning, 26th october, Mr Thomas Frasheri, graduate of the Institut de France and of the University Paris II Panthéon-Assas, a leading expert of the Albanian Orders of chivalry and HRH Prince Leka’s advisor as well, made a presentation on « The orders of chivalry of the Balkan monarchies » and their historic and legal issues. One of the focus of the presentation was on the albanian orders and the effort to be done for their correct classifications among the other orders and awards based on the criteria of the international customary law of orders of knighthood and modern honours systems. Mr Frasheri emphasized the fact that after their return to homeland, all the Royal Families of the Balkans have been very prudent in bestowing the royal orders pertaining to their Crowns. Their primary concern nowadays is to have a correct legal framework complying with the international customary law and current fair practices in order to avoid any perception of imprompriety or conflict with the current honours systems of the States in which the ex-sovereign houses carry on their proper private and public activites. Mr. Frasheri spoke also about the uknown bibliography and scientific works on the albanian orders, such as the valuable studies published by Mr Artan Lame and Filip Rrumbullaku.

The proceedings of the International Conference will be issued in one volume, in Italy, in the next months.