by the grace of God and the will of the people, Queen of
Madagascar, Protectoress of the Laws of the Nation, with
the style of Her Majesty.
The sons and brothers of the Sovereign: Prince (personal
name) with the style of His Royal Highness.
The daughters and sisters of the Sovereign: Princess (personal
name) with the style of Her Royal Highness.
Other selected male members of the Royal line: Prince (personal
name) with the style of His Highness.
Other selected female members of the Royal line: Princess
(personal name) with the style of Her Highness.
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The Nobility consisted of seven ranks (or castes)
arranged according to descending order as follows:
(the reigning Royal House).
Madagascan society was also ranked according to a system
of "honours" known as Voninahitra (or:
"the flower of the grass"), which were based on
military ranks. These ranged from 1-Honour for a private
soldier, up to 14-Honours for a Field Marshal, and
16-Honours for the Mpitaiza Andriana. Although
based on military ranks, the system extended to civilian
offices and precedence at court. Individuals could be
promoted to higher honours in recognition of merit or
distinction and were accorded breast stars and badges,
which resembled the French Legion of Honour. Some writers
have mistakenly taken these insignia for an order.
Revived and modified by the French colonial authorities
on 11th December 1895 (with new insignia
introduced on 28th September 1921).
- breast badge.
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