Noble Order of Westarctica

The Noble Order of Westarctica was the first Order of Chivalry created by Grand Duke Travis. It was created to recognize exceptional leadership qualities in foreign Heads of State, but the criteria was later expanded to include any monarch or peer. Knights are entitled to use the postnominal "OW" and companions are entitled to the postnominal "CW."

Grand Duke Travis in 2005 wearing the sash of the Noble Order of Westarctica

Creation of the Order

Although the Noble Order of Westarctica was the highest honor listed in the 17 March 2005 Royal Decree Revising the Orders of Westarctica which dealt with the four original Orders of Chivalry in Westarctica, it first came into use in 2004, around the time the Grand Ducal Mandate was decreed. The section of the March 2005 decree on the Noble Order read:

This Noble Order is designed to recognize exceptional leadership characteristics in foreign Heads of State. There is one class, Knight. The regalia for this Order is a blue sash (or riband) worn across the right shoulder to the left-side waist.

Hereditary nature of the Order

 
Badge for a Companion of the Noble Order of Westarctica

The Noble Order of Westarctica is the only Order of Chivalry that is hereditary in nature. When the holder of the knighthood, even an honorary knighthood, dies, the honor is bestowed upon their heir. In most cases, as the order is only bestowed upon nobles or international Heads of State, whichever of their heirs assumes the throne or title becomes the new bearer of Westarctica's knighthood as well.

It's important to note that in the case of abdications, a knight does not lose their knighthood merely because they are longer upon the throne. In the cases of monarchs who have abdicated, but are still living (King Juan Carlos, Queen Beatrix, King Gyanendra, and King Albert), they retain their honorary knighthood until their death.

The first inheritance of a knighthood in the Noble Order of Westarctica occurred upon the death of Prince Rainier III of Monaco on 6 April 2005. His Serene Highness's honorary knighthood, which had been bestowed less than a year prior, passed to his son, Prince Albert II, who still holds it to this day.

Classes

On 11 March 2021, Grand Duke Travis issued a Royal Decree that expanded the number of classes from one to two.

  • Knight: Awarded to monarchs in recognition of excellent leadership.
  • Companion: Awarded to peers of any nation in recognition of their nobility of character.

Knights of the Order

The first knighthoods in the order were bestowed through the mail upon twelve reigning monarchs on 20 November 2004. As these were foreign leaders, the knighthoods were only honorary.

On 7 March 2005, honorary knighthoods were bestowed upon the exiled heirs of the Imperial thrones of Iran and Ethiopia. Due to an oversight in researching the Ethiopian Imperial bloodline, the knighthood was wrongly bestowed upon Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie, a cousin of the actual Emperor-in-exile. This oversight was corrected on 30 May 2018 when His Imperial Highness was stripped of the honor.

On 4 April 2005, President Kevin Baugh of Molossia was given an honorary knighthood. He remains the only non-royal, non-noble Knight of the order.

List of Knights

Name Year of appointment Previous Holder(s) of Knighthood Notes
  Grand Duke Travis of Westarctica 2004 Sovereign of the Order
  Queen Margrethe II of Denmark 2004
  King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden 2004
  King Juan Carlos I of Spain 2004 Abdicated in 2014
  Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands 2004 Abdicated in 2013
  King Harald V of Norway 2004
  King Albert II of Belgium 2004 Abdicated in 2013
  King Gyanendra of Nepal 2004 Monarchy abolished in 2008
  King Letsie III of Lesotho 2004
  Prince Reza Pahlavi of Iran 2005 Royal in exile. Monarchy overthrown in 1979
  Prince Albert II of Monaco 2005 Rainier III (2004-2005) First heir to inherit a knighthood
  Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg 2005
  President Kevin Baugh of Molossia 2005 Only non-royal member
  King Tupou VI of Tonga 2012 Tupou IV (2004-2006)
Tupou V (2006-2012)
  King Charles III of Great Britain 2022 Queen Elizabeth II (2004-2022)

Companions of the Order

On the occasion of Westarctica's 20th Anniversary, on 2 November 2021, Grand Duke Travis created 15 Companions of the Noble Order of Westarctica by issuing a Royal Decree listing the 20th Anniversary Honors and Appointments. Several members of this inaugural group were knighted in person at Westarctica's 20th Anniversary Celebration.

List of Companions

Name Year of appointment
  Prince Dinny 2021
  Prince David Chase Callahan 2021
  Jordan Framer, Duke of the Bear Peninsula 2021
  Wolf Tulier, Duke of Waesche 2021
  Jon-Lawrence Langer, Duke of Moulton-Berlin 2021
  Michael Hammett, Duke of Tapley 2021
  Logan Mullins, Duke of the Gothic Mountains 2021
  Lars Vorlander, Duke of the Balchen Glacier 2021
  Spencer M Dayton, Duke Van Valkenburg 2021
  Danni Michele, Countess of Carter 2021
  Deborah McHenry Countess of Benton 2021
  Daniel Paul Means, Count of Cranton 2021
  Christian Klempsmann, Viscount of Bursey 2021
  Joachim Adlfinger, Baron of Dorrel 2021
  Lyle H. Sorrell, Viscount of Adams 2021
  James Stoshak, Count of Faulkender 2021
  August Grappin, Duke of Fox Grove 2021
  Prince Paul of Wy 2022
  Viscount Atwood 2022
  Baron of Mars 2023
  Queen Lynne of Slabovia 2023
  Crown Prince Regent Phillip Pillin 2023
  Prince Regent Phillip Joseph Pillin 2023
  Duke Kurt of Wright 2023
  Baron Trevor of Lambert 2023
  Count Thomas of Hermann 2024


Orders of Westarctica
Active Westarctica   Orca  Snowflake  Desert Heart  Westarctica  Polar Cross  Sword  Legion of Peace
Kolios   Kolios
Defunct Westarctica   The Cross  Merit
Calsahara   Thespians  Masters of the Universe
Kolios   Rose Throne  Crucifix
Awards of Westarctica
Royal Guards   Westarctica Cross  Defense Commendation •   Distinguished Service •   Defense Security •   Antarctic Service •   Construction Service •   Foreign Service •   C2 Training •   Good Conduct
Civilian Corps Activity Ribbons   Balleny Islands Expeditionary •   Calsahara Expeditionary •   Achievement •   Commendation •   Service •   Community Outreach •   Global Campaign Service •   Government Service •   Iceberg Award •   Long Service •   Nobles •   Recruiting •   Westarctica Expeditionary
Honored Westarctican   Artist •   Citizen •   Conservationist •   Diplomat •   Innovator •   Servant •   Volunteer
Kolios   Friendship Cross  Quartercentennial medal