Order of Saint Isabel
Real Ordem de Santa Isabel
Sash of the Order
Awarded by
Duchess of Braganza
TypeDynastic Order
Established4 November 1801
1801 - 1910 (National Order)
1910 - present (House Order)
Royal houseHouse of Braganza
Religious affiliationRoman Catholic
MottoPauperum Solatio
Awarded forServices in support of the Portuguese Crown, social charity and solidarity
StatusCurrently constituted
SovereignDuarte Pio, Duke of Braganza
Grand MistressIsabel, Duchess of Braganza
GradesDame Grand Cross
Dame 1st Class
Dame 2nd Class
Next (higher)Order of the Immaculate Conception of Vila Viçosa
Next (lower)Order of Merit of the Portuguese Royal House
EquivalentOrder of Saint Michael of the Wing

The Ribbon of the order

The Order of Queen Saint Isabel (Portuguese: Ordem da Rainha Santa Isabel) is a Roman Catholic dynastic order of which the Grand Mistress is the Duchess of Braganza.


King John VI of Portugal created the order on 4 November 1801 in honour of Queen Saint Isabel, consort of Portuguese King Denis I, investing his wife Carlota Joaquina as Grand Mistress of the order.

The order, limited to a total membership of twenty-six, is exclusively for Catholic noblewomen.

In 5 October 1910, the monarchy was replaced by a republic. The order, which was considered dynastic, continued to be bestowed by King Manuel II of Portugal, who in exile also awarded it to his wife. After his death, the Queen and Queen Mother both continued to use the order's insignia of Grand Mistress. In 1986 Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza re-established the Order of Saint Isabel as an honorific dynastic order of the Portuguese Royal Family, and claimed its Sovereign Grand Mastership. The Duchess of Braganza is the current Grand Mistress and, besides honouring Portuguese noblewomen on the Saint's feast day, celebrated each year on 4 July at the Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Nova in Coimbra, the Royal House has, since 2000, bestowed it on various queens, princesses and women dedicated to the support of Portuguese charities.


The order's sash is pale pink and has a white stripe in the middle. On the accompanying crowned medallion is a picture of the Queen Saint giving money to a poor man. This picture is surrounded by a frame with roses (an allusion to the Queen's miracle). The insignia's motto is Pauperum Solatio ("Consolation of the Poor").

Current Dames of Saint-Isabel

The annual ceremonial induction of Noble ladies of Saint Isabel takes place in the Convent of Santa Clara in Coimbra, on the 4th of July.[1][2]

Dame Grand Mistress

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