Order of Saint Vladimir
|Imperial Order of Saint Prince Vladimir
Орден Святого Владимира
Star of the Order
Head of the
|Ribbon||Black with a Red stripe in the middle.|
|Motto||Benefit, Honour and Glory|
|Grades||Knight/Dame Grand Cross
|Post-nominals||GCSTV; KSTV/DSTV; KCSTV/DCSTV; OSTV|
The Ribbon of the Order
The Order of Saint Vladimir (
The order had four degrees and was awarded for continuous civil and military service. People who had been awarded with the St.Vladimir Order for military merits bore it with a special fold on the ribbon - "with a bow". There was a certain hierarchy of Russian Orders. According to this, the St. Vladimir Order, 1st Class was the second one (the first - St. George Order) by its significance. According to the Russian Law about the Nobility, people who were awarded with the St. Vladimir Order (each class) had had the rights of hereditary nobility until the Emperor's Decree of 1900 was issued. After this only three first classes of the Order gave such a right. Today, HIH
First class of the order – A red cross with black and golden borders. The badge of the Order depended from a sash worn over the right shoulder, and a gold-and-silver eight-rayed star was fastened on the left chest.
Second class – The red cross on the neck and the star on the left chest.
Third class – The red cross of a smaller size on the neck.
Fourth class – The same on the left chest.
Recipient Knights and Dames Grand Cross use the post-nominal letters "GCStV", Knights and Dames use the post-nominal letters "KStV" and "DStV" respectively, Knights and Dames Commander use the post-nominal letters "KCStV" and "DCStV" respectively, Knights and Dames Officer use the post-nominal letters "OStA". When an individual is entitled to use multiple post-nominal letters, those of the Order of Saint Vladimir appear before all others, except "Bt" or "Bart" (Baronet), "KA" (Order of St. Andrew the Apostle the First-Called), "GCSG", "KSG", "KCSG", "OSG" (Imperial Order of Saint George).