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Imperial Charter: Order of the Valkyrie

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Imperial Charter

To all Our Well-Beloved Royals, Nobles and Knights, and all Our other Well-Beloved Citizens whatsoever to whom these Presents shall come, Greetings:

WHEREAS it is fitting that we shall have at Our disposal a means for honouring those Ladies who have offered notable service to Us, and for honouring those of Our Friends who have ever been faithful;

AND WHEREAS it is meet that Friends and Ladies so honoured should be united within a bond and sisterhood of chivalry according to ancient custom and venerable tradition;

LET IT THEREFORE BE KNOWN that We, Sigrid Magnusdottir, Empress Companion of Stormark, Queen of Anglethyr, Queen of Bondegard, Queen of the Bosworthians, Queen of Marthunia, Queen of Merlaide, Queen of Sicilia, Queen of Thydtwinnster, Imperial Princess of Thule, Imperial Princess of Inis Fer Falga, Imperial Princess of Inis Meáin, Princess of Antioch, Princess of Arietta, Princess of Lichtenbad, Princess of Malisko, Duke of Frøyalan, Duchess of Normandie, Duchess of Pond Isle, Duchess of Port Chloe, Marchioness of Beaulieu, Marchioness Thorstein, Countess of An Chláir, Countess of Carrick, Countess of Fife, Countess of Haldarsvik, Countess of La Marche, Countess of Poitou, Countess of Quercy, Countess of the Trondelag, Countess of Wintergleam, Baroness of Einmar, Baroness of Nordland, Baronetess of Holmborg, Baronetess of Robland, Lady of the Longships Islands and Lady of the Isles, do by this Our Imperial Instrument, in the exercise of the Most Ancient Prerogative Imperial, re-establish the Grand and Illustrious Imperial Order of the Valkyrie.

BE IT ALSO KNOWN that We do by this Our Imperial Instrument solemnly enact and institute the following Articles to be the governing Charter of the Grand and Illustrious Imperial Order of the Valkyrie:

Article 1.

The Empress shall in perpetuity hold the office of Grand Mistress of the Order, by right of which She may induct new members to the Order, dismiss or degrade existing members, and appoint and dismiss the several Officers of the Order. No male may ever be appointed to the Order.

Article 2.

The Empress may induct any female, being in good standing under the Laws of Stormark, Dame Companion of the Valkyrie. All members of the Order shall enjoy knightly rank, and the style of Dame, and shall be distinguished by the post-nominal letters DV. At no time shall there be more than twenty Dames Companion taken together in sum.

Article 3.

The Empress may further induct Female Members of the House of Ettlingar Freyu in any number as Dames Companion of the Valkyrie, and foreign female monarchs as Dames Stranger of the Valkyrie. Those so inducted shall be enrolled together with the ordinary members of the Order, and considered of equal dignity.

Article 4.

No person may be inducted as a Member of the Order more than once, unless she was previously degraded from the said rank. Any Member may voluntarily relinquish his rank, but may not subsequently be inducted again.

Article 5.

The Grand Mistress shall have, in accordance with venerable tradition and ancient custom, have all the rights, powers, prerogatives, immunities and advantages pertaining to a Grand Master of an Imperial Order of Chivalry under the Udal Law of Stormark as well as Stormarks Riges Grundlov.

Article 6.

The Chancellor of the Order shall serve as the advocate and representative of its members, and shall sit in the Great Council of the Order whenever it meets to advise the Grand Mistress on the conferral of honours and dignities.

Article 7.

The Chaplain of the Order shall be a worthy and distinguished cleric selected by the Empress, and shall preside at all religious rites and ceremonies connected with the Order.

Article 8.

The Valkyrie Queen of Arms shall be the herald of the Order, and shall prepare and register armorial bearings and depictions for the members of the Order.

So be it!!

Given at the Imperial Hall in Haraldsborg, in the Thanedom of Gulathing, under Our Hand and the Great Seal of the Viking Empire of Stormark on the Fourth Day of the Month Vidiland in the Eighth Year of the Second Viking Age in the Second Epoch of the Viking Empire of Stormark.

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Sigrid, genom Vår Enväldigaste Herre Vikingakejsarens Nåd och Ädelmod, Ledsagande Kejsarinna av Stormark, Kejserlig Prinsessa av Thule, Kejserlig Prinsessa av Ines Fer Falga, Kejserlig Prinsessa av Inis Meáin. Hertiginna av Port Chloe, Grevinna av Quercy.

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