Order of Saint Anastasia

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Imperial Order of Saint Anastasia
Awarded by Greater coat of arms of the Russian empire.png Head of the House of Romanov
Type Dynastic Order
Royal house House of Romanov
Religious affiliation Russian Orthodox
Ribbon White with a thin Blue stripe on either side and a thinner Gold stripe on the end of either side.
Status Currently constituted
Sovereign Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia
Grand Mistress Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia
Grades Dame
Precedence
Next (higher) Imperial Order of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker
Next (lower) Imperial Order of St. Stanislaus

The Order of St. Anastasia the Holy Great Martyr 'Alleviatrix of Captives' is a dynastic order of the former Russian Imperial House for women. It was established and its statutes approved on August 20, 2010 by Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna. The order is composed of only one class, and confers personal nobility, the feast days of the Order are celebrated on (22 December/4 January) Holy Great Martyr Anastasia the "Alleviatrix of Captives", and 7/20 August, the day of commemoration for the Tsaritsa Anastasia Romanovna.[1]

Creation[edit]

The order was established in honor of St. Anastasia, the patron saint of the first Tsaritsa of the Romanov dynsasty, Anastasia Romanovna (1530-1560), the creation of the order marked the 450th anniversary of the repose of Anastasia Romanovna, and was in anticipation of the 400th anniversary of the end of the time of troubles and the establishment of the House of Romanov in 2013.

The order is awarded by the head of the house[2] exclusively to Russian women who have been distinguished by their acts in the fields of charity, culture, education, science, medicine, and other activities to benefit the Russian state or the Imperial House.[3] [4][5]

Award Classes of the Order[edit]

The Order of St. Anastasia has only one class, Dames, and confers personal nobility to the awardee,

The Insignia of the Order[edit]

The insignia of the Order consists of a white enamel cross with indented ends, edged in blue and gold with heraldically right-facing Romanov griffins in the axillae, on a white ribbon edged with blue and gold, the medallion of the device depicts in enamel the icon of the Holy Great Martyr Anastasia. The Cross is surmounted by an Imperial crown.

Dames of the Order of St. Anastasia The Great Martyr wear the Device of the Order on the left side of the breast suspended from a ribbon, tied into a bow, 45 mm. in width.

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