Hrh Prince Omar Kiram

Royal communiqué: Royal Grant of Award of Knighthood to The Honorable Lady Datin Samantha Argwings-Kodhek, LRSS; The Honorable Datuk Sir Taha El Tahir Bedawi, KRSS; The Honorable Datuk Sir Matthias Friedrich Bork, KRSS; The Honorable Datuk Sir Danso Kweku Nelson, KRSS; The Honorable Datuk Sir Raja Sethu Ramavarma, KRSS and The Honorable Datuk Sir Taufan B. Ramadhani, KRSS:

6 February 2012

Royal Maimbung, Sulu

A Royal communiqué from His Royal Highness Prince Omar Kiram Dux de Legazpi Duque de Vivar-Maniquiz, Grand Prince & Prince Marshal & Grand Master of the Royal Orders.

To All and Singular: To all whom this Royal communiqué shall come, greetings!

“Be it hereby duly known with the most gracious Royal assent and approbation, and after due deliberation by the Royal Council which unanimously agreed and recommended to His Majesty Sultan Muhammad Fuad Abdulla Kiram the First, The Sultan of Sulu & The Sultan of Sabah, Head of Islam & Head of Sultanate, The 35th Reigning Sultan – for the five (6) select personages to be granted the illustrious and honorable award, rank and title as Knight and are entitled to be called “The Honorable” and they can use the letters “LRSS” and “KRSS” (Lady Datin/ Knight and Datuk/ Knight of the Royal Order of Sulu & Sabah) after their names as post nominals announced hereto.”

Citation reads:

For exemplary achievements in bringing closer understanding between Muslims and Christians and for their personal achievements and contributions to society in the fields of the arts, culture, education, human rights, environment and ecology protection, and their valued support to His Majesty Sultan Muhammad Fuad Abdulla Kiram the First, The Sultan of Sulu & The Sultan of Sabah, the 6 grantees of honors and distinction whose names appear below shall become Knights of the Royal Order of Sulu & Sabah with immediate effect as from today the 6th day of February in the year 2012:

1. The Honorable Lady Datin Samantha Argwings-Kodhek, LRSS (Kenya)

2. The Honorable Datuk Sir Taha El Tahir Bedawi, KRSS (Sudan)

3. The Honorable Datuk Sir Matthias Friedrich Bork, KRSS (Canada)

4. The Honorable Datuk Sir Danso Kweku Nelson, KRSS (Ghana)

5. The Honorable Datuk Sir Raja Sethu Ramavarma, KRSS (India)

6. The Honorable Datuk Sir Taufan B. Ramadhani, KRSS (Indonesia)

Further, the five Honorable Knights named below are appointed to these select positions:

1. The Honorable Lady Datin Samantha Argwings-Kodhek, LRSS, Royal Cultural Ambassador to Kenya;

2. The Honorable Datuk Sir Taha El Tahir Bedawi, KRSS, Royal Cultural Ambassador to Sudan;

3. The Honorable Datuk Sir Matthias Friedrich Bork, KRSS, Royal Cultural Ambassador to Canada;

4. The Honorable Datuk Sir Danso Kweku Nelson, KRSS, Royal Cultural Ambassador to Ghana;

5. The Honorable Datuk Sir Raja Sethu Ramavarma, KRSS, Royal Cultural Ambassador to India.

Whereas, the five Knights mentioned hereto are appointed for a period of five (5) years from the date hereof, unless otherwise revoked, and shall continue after the expiry date by mutual consent between the Royal Crown of Sulu & Sabah and the Royal Cultural Ambassadors.

Their personal Knightly Arms shall be designed and marshaled by the Royal College of Arms and to be granted by His Majesty Sultan Muhammad Fuad Abdulla Kiram the First, with their names inscribed on the “motto scroll” as a mark of favor and recognition of their achievements for their exclusive use in any of their honorable pursuit and endeavor.

His Majesty Sultan Muhammad Fuad Abdulla Kiram the First thereafter ordered and issued a Royal Edict to be signed and sealed today at Royal Maimbung, Sulu this 6th day of February in the year 2012.

This Royal Edict appears as a matter of public records and to be made known accordingly and we congratulate the six (6) well-deserving Royal grantees.

Note: This grant of Knighthood is FREE and without any fee or payment from any of the grantees as Knighthood is based on achievements and contributions to society and not the ability to pay for the recognition. We have over 200 Knights globally and no one paid any fee to us to receive the recognition as Knights and to be accepted in the Royal Orders from the beginning up to now. The grant is free.

We are:

HRH Prince Omar Kiram Dux de Legazpi Duque de Vivar-Maniquiz
Grand Prince & Prince Marshal & Grand Master of Royal Orders
The Royal Hashemite Sultanate of Sulu & Sabah

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