Why we have chosen November 23rd as a official day of the Order of the Royal Honor?
Because it was the day, they were born:
- H.I.M. Emperor Otto I the Great, founder of the Holy Roman Empire (Germany).
- H.M. King Alfonso X the Wise, king of Castile and Leon, (Spain).
- H.E. Don Antonio de Pleguezuelos y Velasco, founder and Grand Master of the Order of the Royal Honor (Spain).
Alfonso's descent from the Hohenstaufen through his mother, a daughter of the emperor Philip of Swabia, gave him a claim to represent the Swabian line. Alfonso's election by the prince-electors of the Holy Roman Empire in 1257 misled him into wild schemes that involved excessive expense but never took effect.
The future epitaph of our Grand Master
Here lies a Grand Master of fame,
Whose dauntless courage soar'd so high,
That death, which can the boldest tame,
He scorn'd to flatter or to fly.
A constant bugbear to the bad,
His might the world in arms defy'd;
And in his life, though counted mad,
He in his perfect senses dy'd .
Personal Motto of the Grand Master:Spanish Romancero (Mis arreos son las armas, mi descanso el pelear, mi cama los duras peñas,
mi dormir siempre velar).
Adapted text Quixote's epitaph.Miguel de Cervantes (1547–1616) was a Spanish novelist, poet and playwright. Don Quixote of la Mancha Yace aquí el Gran Maestre fuerte,
que a tanto extremo llegó,
de valiente, que se advierte,
que la muerte no triunfó,
de su vida con su muerte.
Tuvo a todo el mundo en poco,
fue el espantajo y el coco,
del mundo, en tal coyuntura,
que acreditó su ventura,
morir cuerdo y vivir loco.