The Order of Merit of St. Stephen and Our Lady of Walsingham may be conferred by the Archfather as a personal gift in recognition of exceptional personal merit. It is one of the most exclusive associations in the world, with membership limited to no more than ten living members.

Candidates for the Order of Merit are drawn exclusively from the Companions of the Florentine Service Order and thus already have a proven record of distinguished service.

The neck insignia consists of a red cross of St. Stephen, with gold eagles in between the points, upon which is a blue cross moline in honor of Our Lady of Walsingham. In the centre is a gold eagle upon a blue circular background edged in gold. The medal is suspended from a ribbon of red and yellow. The service ribbon may alternatively be worn through the second buttonhole of a uniform tunic.


The postnominals are "OMSW" in English and Italian.


Current Roll of Members

HIRH the Archfather

HMERH the Count of Marmande, Elector of Trier

HGDH Count Coberly, Prince v. Reichenberg

HSH the Count di Valibona, Prince de Chauvigny

HE the Count Lisle




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