Badge & plaque in case
The Military Order of Christ was founded by King Dinis I of Portugal in 1317 to protect members of the Knights Templar persecuted in Europe. By 1789, Queen Maria I of Portugal secularized the order, transforming it into a military order. Today, the order can be conferred on anyone, for service to the state. The Commander wears the badge of the Order on a necklet, and the star of the Order in silver on the left chest.