Imperial Orders and Awards:
An Order is defined in the Heraldry manual as:
Bestowed by decision of the Crown or, in some cases, vote of the estates, to individuals. Orders are always bestowed for specific reasons. Persons inducted into an order may call themselves a "companion" or that order.
A group of individuals banded together for some stated purpose, after the manner of medieval knightly orders.
Our Chapter may grant the following Orders as a local award.