ORDER OF BENEFICIENCE

Legislative Decree n. 684 (Off. Gaz. 123, issue A, dated 7 May 1948)

The Order of Beneficence (Order for Good Deeds) was established in 1948, following the death of King George II, in accordance with his wishes. For two years, from 1973-1975, the Order was abolished, but was re-established by law n. 106/1975.

The insignia of the Order of Beneficence is awarded only to women, both Greek and foreign, for exceptional services rendered to Greece, for charitable acts and outstanding achievements in arts and letters.

The insignia is flower-shaped with five blue enamel petals separated by long narrow sepals of green enamel. In the centre of the flower there is a picture of the Virgin Mary holding the Infant Jesus in her arms. This picture is surrounded by a white enamel band, upon which the word “BENEFICENCE” is inscribed in gold letters. The reverse side bears the emblem of the Hellenic Republic, encircled by the inscription: “HELLENIC REPUBLIC”.

The stars of the Grand Cross and of the Grand Commander have eight radiating points and the obverse side of both bears a picture of the Virgin Mary. The ribbon which accompanies the insignia is yellow with a blue border on both edges.

Like the other Orders, the Order of Beneficence consists of five classes: the Grand Cross, the Grand Commander, the Commander, the Gold and Silver Cross.