The symbols of the Order
Hungary maintains as a national symbol the Holy Crown of St Stephen – the President, ministers of state and officers of the armed forces all take their oath of allegiance to it. In the sixteenth century, when he was Grand Master, Pope Paul III added the image of this crown, to the insignia of the Order. Today, the Insignia of The Order Valiant of Saint George incorporates the Crown of St. Stephen, surmounting a cross centred with a depiction of St. George. The Crown is the highest legal symbol of Governmental authority used in modern day Hungary.
The neck decoration of the Order of St George is a cross flory bearing an oval panel depicting the mounted figure of St George slaying the dragon, which is suspended from the Holy Crown of St Stephen of Hungary (distinguished by its shape and the tilted cross which surmounts it).
|The ancient crown of St. Stephen.|