HAITI

SOULOUQUE

STYLES & TITLES:
The sovereign: The Most High, the Most Glorious and Most August Emperor (reign name), by the grace of God and the Constitutional Law of the Empire, Emperor of Haiti, with the style of His Imperial Majesty.
The wife of the sovereign: The Most High, the Most Glorious and Most August Empress (reign name), with the style of Her Imperial Majesty.
The Heir Apparent: Monseigneur le Prince (given names) Faustin, Prince Impérial d’Haïti, i.e. Prince Imperial of Haiti, with the style of His Imperial Highness.
The younger sons, grandsons and the male descendants of the Emperor in the male line: Monseigneur le Prince Haïtien (given names) Faustin, with the style of His Imperial Highness.
The eldest daughter of the Emperor: Madame la Princesse (given names) Faustin, Madame Première, Princesse Impérial d’Haïti, i.e. Princess Imperial of Haiti, with the style of Her Imperial Highness.
The younger daughters, granddaughters and other female descendants of the Emperor in the male line: Madame la Princesse (given names) Faustin, with the style of Her Imperial Highness.
The sons of the only brother of the Emperor Faustin I, in the male line: Monsieur le Prince Haïtien (given name) de Jean-Joseph, with the style of His Imperial Highness.
The daughters of the only brother of Emperor Faustin I, in the male line: Madame la Princesse (given names) de Jean-Joseph, with the style of Her Imperial Highness.
The full brothers of the Empress Adélina: Monsieur le Comte (given names) de Dérival, with the style of His Excellency.
The full sisters of the Empress Adélina: Madame la Comtesse (given names) de Dérival, without any style.

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The Sword of Emperor Faustin I.

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NOBILITY:
The Constitution of 20th September 1849 granted the Emperor the right to create hereditary titles and confer other honours on his subjects. The first patents issued by Emperor Faustin I created 5 princes of the Empire, 61 Dukes, 96 Counts, 345 Barons, numerous Chevaliers and nobles. In October 1849 one lady was elevated to the rank of a Princess in her own right, another to that of Duchess, and four others to that of Marchioness (a rank exclusively limited to ladies). The higher ranks were almost exclusively conferred on distinguished and high ranking military officers. Most of whom were ancient surviving leaders of the wars of independence, and who expired within a short period of receiving promotion to high honours. Although further creations were made after 1849, these were comparatively few and far between.
The styles enjoyed by gentlemen were as follows:
Prince: Monseigneur le Prince, with the style of His Serene Highness.
Duke: Sa Grâce Monseigneur le Duc.
Count: Son Excellence Monsieur le Comte.
Baron: Monsieur le Baron.
Knight: Monsieur le Chevalier.
Other gentlemen of rank: Monsieur.

The styles enjoyed by ladies were as follows:
Princess: Madame la Princess, with the style of Her Serene Highness.
Duchess: Sa Grâce Madame la Duchesse.
Marchioness: Madame la Marquise.
Countess: Madame la Comtesse.
Baroness: Madame la Baronne.
Wife of a Knight: Madame la Chevalière.
Other ladies of rank: Dame.

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The Crown of Emperor Faustin I.

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RULES OF SUCCESSION:
The Constitution of 20th September 1849 made the Imperial Dignity hereditary amongst the natural and legitimate direct descendants of Emperor Faustin I, by order of male primogeniture and to the perpetual exclusion of females. The Emperor could adopt the children or grandchildren of his brother, provided that he had no male children at the time of adoption. They become members of his family from the date of adoption. Sons so adopted enjoyed the right of succession to the throne, immediately after the Emperor’s natural and legitimate sons, if any.

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The Sceptre of Emperor Faustin I.

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