What are the Spanish Orders?
The Spanish Orders of Santiago, Calatrava, Alcántara and Montesa, living history since the XII century, were founded by the chivalrous and religious drive brought about by the Crusades. Their aim was to defend Christian Faith and their purpose was to recuperate those lands that had been occupied by Islam and to liberate those Christians who lived there.
Today, the aims of the Spanish Orders are basically the same as when founded: Social benefit and culture, the defence of the faith, personal sanctification and divine worship.
There are two hundred and fifty members who maintain the spirit and live of the Orders under the authority of their Grand Master, King Phillip VI, and the Royal Counsel of the Orders, presided over by HRH Pedro de Borbón Dos Sicilias, Duke of Calabria.