Order of Charles III and Saint Fernando
The Royal and Distinguished Spanish Order of Carlos III was established by the King of Spain Carlos III by means of the Royal Decree of
September 19 1771, with the motto "Virtuti et mérito". Its objective is to reward people for their actions in benefit to Spain and the Crown. Ever since its creation, it has been the most distinguished civil award that can be granted in Spain, despite its categorisation as a military order. It was formally converted to a civil order in 1847.
The Order was later regulated in an Royal Decree of
1992[ [http://www.lexureditorial.com/boe/0210/19803.htm (Spanish) Royal Decree 1051/2002] , from October 11, by he who passed the Regulation of the Royal and Distinguished Spanish Order of Carlos III] (in which was set the objective of "rewarding the citizens who, with their effort, initiative and work, have brought a distinguished and extraordinary service to the Nation") and by an Order of May 8 2000. [ [http://juridicas.com/base_datos/Admin/o080500-mp.html (Spanish) Order of May 8 2000] by she who adapted the Regulation of the Royal and Very Distinguished Order of Carlos III to the current circumstances and conditions.]
Today the Grand Master of the order is king Juan Carlos I of Spain.
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