Order of Noble Ladies of Queen Maria Luisa

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Order of Noble Ladies of Queen Maria Luisa
Venera de la Orden de las Damas Nobles de María-Luisa.svg
Badge of the Order
Badge of the Order of Maria Louisa with ribbon.jpg
Sash o the Order, belonging tae the Empress Maria Alexandrovna of Russia
Award of Spain
Type Order o knighthood for women
Royal house Bourbons of Spain
Ribbon Order of Queen Maria Luisa - Ribbon bar.svg
Sovereign Keeng Felipe VI
Grand Mistress Queen Letizia (de facto)
Grades (w/ post-nominals) Dame-Grand Cross
Dame
Statistics
Established April 21 1792 De facto extinct
Established 1792; 229 years ago (1792)
First induction Queen Maria Luisa
Last induction Queen Sofía of Spain
Precedence
Next (higher) Order of Carlos III
Next (lower) Order of Isabel the Catholic


The Order of Queen Maria Luisa or "Royal Order of Noble Ladies of Queen Maria Luisa" was an Order created by King King Carlos IV of Spain by ryal decree in Aprile 21 1792, at the request of his dominating wife, Queen Maria Luisa, to reward noble women who distinguished themselves for their services and talents. As such, it was established as an honour reserved only for women. The "Grand Mistress" of the order was the wife and thus the queen consort of Spain. The "Grand Mistress" would decide which woman would become a member of the order. It is one of about four orders reserved for women. Others include the Order of Saint Elisabeth (Bavaria) as well as the Order of Saint Catherine (Russia) and the Order of the Starry Cross (Holy Roman Empire)