Office of the Prime Minister's Regulation
of the Wearing of the Royal Thai Decorations
1998

          As viewed appropriate the revision of the Office of the Prime Minister's Regulation of the wearing of the Royal Thai Decorations, according to Code 11 (8) of the Act of Government Administration (1991), the Prime Minister, with the approval of the cabinet, declare that:

1. This is called "Office of the Prime Minister's Regulation of the wearing of the Royal Decorations (1998)".

2. This is in vigor on December 5, 1998.

3. This is to obsolete the Office of the Prime Minister's Regulation of the wearing of the Royal Thai Decorations (1993)

Any regulations, orders, rules or cabinet resolutions, repeating or opposing any part of this regulation, are made obsolete by this regulation.  

4. This is for the general public, not including the Royal Family.

5. The Prime Minister has the right to maintain this regulation. Should any problem arise in any case, the Secretariat of the Cabinet will submit the case to the Prime Minister for the final approval.


Chapter 1
General Characterizations

6. In this regulation, “Royal Decorations” are either the Royal Thai Decorations or the Royal Thai Medals, unless otherwise specified.

7. The wearing of any Order or any class of the riband and the rosettes of any Royal Decorations are governed, according to their Acts.

8. The wearing of the Royal Decorations is based upon the Programmee of the Royal Ceremony and the official appointment, according to the Act of Royal Decorations and the Office of the Prime Minister's Regulation of Order of the Precedence, and that declared in this regulation.

9. The Royal Decorations for men can be classified, by their types of wearing, according to Order of Precedance, into 4 categories:

A. Sash Class with Star

    (1) The Most Auspicious Order of the Rajamitrabhorn.
    (2) The Most Illustrious Order of the Royal House of Chakri
    (3) The Ancient and Auspicious Order of the Nine Gems
    (4) Knight Grand Cordon (Special Class) of the Most Illustrious Order of Chula Chom Klao
    (5) Knight Grand Cross (First Class) of the Most Illustrious Order of Chula Chom Klao
    (6) “Senangapati” (Knight Grand Commander) of the Honourable Order of Rama
    (7) Knight Grand Cordon (Special Class) of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant
    (8) Knight Grand Cordon (Special Class) of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand
    (9) Knight Grand Cross (First Class) of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant
    (10) Knight Grand Cross (First Class) of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand
    (11) Knight Grand Cross (First Class) of the Most Admirable Order of the Direkgunabhorn

B. Silk Band Collar Class with Star

    (1) Knight Grand Commander (Second Class, higher grade) of the Most Illustrious Order of Chula Chom Klao
    (2) “Maha Yodhin” (Knight Commander) of the Honourable Order of Rama
    (3) Knight Commander (Second Class) of the Most Exalted Order of the white Elephant
    (4) Knight Commander (Second Class) of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand
    (5) Knight Commander (Second Class) of the Most Admirable Order of the Direkgunabhorn

C. Silk Band Collar Class without Star

(1)Knight Commander (Second Class,lower grade) of the Most Illustrious Order of Chula Chom Klao
(2) “Yodhin” (Commander) of the Honourable of Rama
(3) Commander (Third Class) of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant
(4) Commander (Third Class) of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand
(5) Commander (Third Class) of the Most Admirable Order of the Direkgunabhorn
(6) The Order of Symbolic Propitiouness Ramkeerati Boy Scout Citation (Special Class)

D. Silk Band Class

(1) Grand Companion (Third Class,higher grade) of the Most Illustrious Order of Chula Chom Klao
(2) “Asvin” (Companion) of the Honourable Order of Rama
(3) Companion (Third Class,lower grade) of the Most Illustrious Order of Chula Chom Klao
(4) Companion (Fourth Class) of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant
(5) Companion (Fourth Class) of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand
(6) Companion (Fourth Class) of the Most Admirable Order of the Direkgunabhorn
(7) Junior Companion of the Most Illustrious Order of Chula Chom Klao
(8) Member (Fifth Class) of the Most Exalted Order of the white Elephant
(9) Member (Fifth Class) of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand
(10) Member (Fifth Class) of the Most Admirable Order of the Direkgunabhorn
(11) Royal Medals

10. The Royal Decorations for ladies can be classified by their types and wearings, according to Order of the Precedence, into 5 categories:

A. Sash Class with Star

(1) The Most Auspicious Order of the Rajamitrabhorn.
(2) The Most Illustrious Order of the Royal House of Chakri
(3) The Ancient and Auspicious Order of the Nine Gems
(4) Dame Grand Cross (First Class) of the Most Illustrious Order of Chula Chom Klao
(5) Dame Grand Cordon (Special Class) of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant
(6) Dame Grand Cordon (Special Class) of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand
(7) Dame Grand Cross (First Class) of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant
(8) Dame Grand Cross (First Class) of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand
(9) Dame Grand Cross (First Class) of the Most Admirable Order of the Direkgunabhorn

B. Sash Class without Star: Dame Grand Commander (Second Class, higher grade) of the Most Illustrious Order of Chula Chom Klao

C. Silk Ribbon Class with Star

1) Dame Commander (Second Class) of the Most Exalted Order of the white Elephant
(2) Dame Commander (Second Class) of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand
(3) Dame Commander (Second Class) of the Most Admirable Order of the Direkgunabhorn

D. Silk Band Collar Class without Star: The Order of Symbolic Propitiouness Ramkeerati Boy Scout Citation (Special Class)

E. Silk Ribbon Class without Star

(1) Dame Commander (Second Class,lower grade) of the Most Illustrious Order of Chula Chom Klao
(2) Commander (Third Class) of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant
(3) Commander (Third Class) of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand
(4) Commander (Third Class) of the Most Admirable Order of the Direkgunabhorn
(5) Junior Commander (Third Class) of the Most Illustrious Order of Chula Chom Klao.
(6) Companion (Fourth Class) of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant
(7) Companion (Fourth Class) of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand
(8) Companion (Fourth Class) of the Most Admirable Order of the Direkgunabhorn
(9) Companion (Fourth Class) of the Most Illustrious Order of Chula Chom Klao.
(10) Member (Fifth Class) of the Most Exalted Order of the white Elephant
(11) Member (Fifth Class) of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand
(12) Member (Fifth Class) of the Most Admirable Order of the Direkgunabhorn
(13) Royal Medals


Chapter 2
Wearing of the Royal Decorations


11. The rules for the wearing of the Royal Decorations are:

(1) It is only possible to wear the Royal Decorations after the Reception of the conferment Ceremony.
Should the person fail to attend the ceremony, it is only possible to wear the Royal Decorations afterwards.

(2) Other Royal Decorations apart from those of (1) can be worn from the date of the conferment or the date of the announcement in Royal Gazette.


Chapter 3
Wearing of the Royal Decorations in Full Dress Uniform


12. The rules of the wearing of the Royal Decorations of Silk Band and Silk Ribbon Class are:

(1) Men: The pendants are worn above the left pocket, but under the level of first button, with the lowest points at pocket lid, following the Order of the Precedence from right to left.
(2) Ladies: The pendants are worn on the front left shoulder, following the Order of the Precedence from right to left.

13. The wearing of the Royal Decorations of Silk Band Collar Class without Star: The pendant, suspended from the silk band inside the collar, is worn between the lower clips of the collar and the first button, with the tip at the lower rim of the collar.
Should the recipient possess more than two Royal Decorations of Silk Band Collar Class, the two highest ranks are properly worn.

14. The rules for the wearing of the Royal Decorations of Silk Band Collar Class with Star and Ribbon Class with star are:

(1) Men: The wearing of the pendant is similar to that of 13 and the star is worn on the left breast of the coat, beneath the pocket lid.
Should the recipient possess more than one Royal Decorations of Silk Band Collar Class with Star, the two highest rank stars in the same classes of the Pendants are properly worn, following the Order of the Precedence from right to left.

(2) Ladies: The wearing of the pendant is similar to that of 12 (2) and the star is worn on the left breast of the coat.
Should the recipient possess two Royal Decorations of Ribbon Class with Star, the two highest rank stars of the same type are properly worn, according to (1).
Should the recipient posses more than two Royal Decorations of Ribbon Class with Star, the highest rank stars are worn, according to 15(2) or 15(3).

* Royal Decorations, which are worn on the right breast of the coat, are applied with the Clause 1.

15. The wearing of the Royal Decorations of Sash Class: The sash is worn, according to the Act of Royal Decorations. The wearing of the star is that the nearest position of the button line is the highest rank, following the Order of the Precedence from right to left, in these aspects.

(1) Should the recipient possess two Royal Decorations of Sash Class with Star, the highest rank star is worn on the left breast of the coat beneath the pocket lid, and the second lower beneath the highest shifted to the left.
(2) Should the recipient possess three Royal Decorations of Sash Class with Star, the highest rank star is worn on the left breast of the coat, beneath the pocket lid, the second lower beneath the highest on its right near the botton line, and the lowest beneath the highest on its left (on the same line as the second lower).
(3) Should the recipient possess four Royal Decorations of Sash Class with Star or over, only four highest rank stars can be worn. The highest rank star is worn on the left breast of the coat beneath the pocket lid, the second lower beneath the highest on its right near the button line, the third lower beneath the highest on its left (on the same line as the second lower), and the lowest beneath the second and the third lower, straight to the highest.
The wearing of the star of Sash Class with those of other types is applied with 14.

16. Any type of sash is worn, according to the information provided in the Programme of the Royal Ceremony, together with the star of the highest rank following the Order of the Precedence.
Should the recipient possess no type of sash informed in the Programme, the sash of the highest rank or any other Royal Decoration of the highest rank is worn. Wearing of the star according to Clause 1.

17. Should the Programme indicate no type of sash to be worn, the highest one is worn.
Should person possess no Sash Class, any other Royal Decoration of the highest rank is worn.

18. Wearing of the most Illustrious Order of the Royal House of Chakri with other type of sash; the collar with Maha Chakri Pendant and the star of Chakri are worn.

19. The Ancient and Auspicious Order of the Nine Gems is worn only on the auspicious occasions or by the Programme of the Royal Ceremony.
Should the recipient possess no mentioned Order, Clause 16 to be applied with.

20. Wearing of the most Illustrious Order of Chula Chom Klao, either collar or sash is worn depending on the Programme of the Royal Ceremony. The collar of the Most Illustrious Order of Chula Chom Klao comes accompanied only with the sash of other types.
Should recipient not possess Knight Grand Cordon (Special Class) of the Most Illustrious Order of Chula Chom Klao or Knight Grand Cross (First Class) of the Most Illustrious Order of Chula Chom Klao, when the collar of the Most Illustrious Order of Chula Chom Klao is specified by the Programme, the highest rank of the other types of Royal Decorations is worn.

21. Wearing of the Honourable Order of Rama, the sash is worn only on military occasion specified by the Programme.

22. Wearing of the Order of Symbolic Propitiousness Ramakeerati Boy Scout Citation (Special Class) accords with the Boy Scount Act.
For Ladies, the pendant suspended from the silk band under the collar of the shirt, but across the tie.

23. The rule of the wearing of the Royal Decorations for recipient who has no official uniform, in case full dress uniform is informed by the Programme of the Royal Ceremony or the Official Appointment is:

(1) Men: Particular Uniform for Private Individual (Full Dress).
(2) Ladies: Thai Dress


Chapter 4
Wearing of the Royal Decorations in Half Dress Uniform


24. The wearing of the Royal Decorations in half dress uniform is similar to that of full dress uniform, without sash and collar, except for ladies that the star be omitted and the pendant be attached onto the silk ribbon worn on the front left shoulder when conferred the Royal Decorations as follows:

(1) The Most Illustrious Order of the Royal House of Chakri
(2) The Ancient and Auspicious Order of the Nine Gems
(3) Dame Grand Cross (First Class) of the Most Illustrious Order of Chula Klao
(4) Dame Commander (Second Class,lower grade) of the Most Illustrious Order of Chula Chom Klao

The Ancient and Auspicious Order of the Nine Gems is worn, in half dress uniform, only on auspicious occasions.
The rule of the wearing of the Royal Decorations for recipient who has no official uniform, is similar to that of 23.


Chapter 5
Wearing of the Royal Decorations in White Uniform


25. Only the Riband of Order in a bar shape is worn above the left pocket, unless otherwise specified.

Should the Programme require the white uniform with Royal Medals, no Royal Decorations are worn.

Should the Programme require the white uniform, dress for recipient who has no official uniform is:

(1) Men: Particular Uniform for Private Individual (White Uniform)
(2) Ladies: Thai Dress


Chapter 6
Wearing of the Riband of Order in the Operation Uniform


26. The wearing of the Riband of Order in the operation uniform for government service, state enterprise, Thai Red Cross, etc., is applied with Clause 25.


Chapter 7
Wearing of the Royal Decorations in Black Tie Uniform


27. The rules of the wearing of the Royal Decorations in Black Tie Uniform are:

(1) For the Silk Band Class, the miniature Royal Decorations according to the official specification are worn on the left lapel of the jacket beneath the insignia of office.
(2) For the Silk Band Collar Class and the Silk Band Collar Class with Star, only one highest rank is worn: the pendant is suspended from the silk band worn as a collar under the bow-tie. The star is worn on the left breast of the jacket.
(3) For the Sash Class, wearing of the Royal Decorations is applied with chapter 3 from 15 to 21, but the sash is worn on the shirt and the collar of the Order is omitted.

28. The wearing of the Royal Decorations in Black Tie Uniform specified by the Programme of the Royal Ceremony or the Official Appointment, the miniature Royal Decorations are omitted.

For the recipient who has no official uniform, the dress is:

(1) Men: Particular Uniform for Private Individual (Full Dress)
(2) Ladies: Thai Dress


Chapter 8
Wearing of the Rosette of Royal Decorations


29. The rosette is worn on the lower tip of the lapel. In case more than one Order are conferred, the only one rosette of the highest rank is worn.

30. The rules of the wearing of the Rosette in Thai dress are:

(1) Men: The rosette is worn on the left breast of the dress at the edge of the pocket on its right.
In case more than one Order are conferred, the only one rosette of the highest rank is worn.
The wearing of the rosette is only possible with the Thai dress of plain colour.
(2) Ladies: The rosette is worn on the left breast of the dress. In case more than one Order are conferred, the only one rosette of the highest rank is worn.
The wearing of the rosette is only possible with Thai dress named: Ruen Ton, Chitralada, Amarin and Borom Bhiman.


Chapter 9
Wearing of Foreign Royal Decorations, Decorations and Medals with Thai Royal Decorations and Royal Medals


31. The wearing of the foreign Royal Decorations, Decorations or Medals is made possible, on various proper occasions, by the Royal Consent, such as: greeting ceremony of the state visit or ceremony concerning those foreign countries.

32. The Thai Royal Decorations and Royal Medals precede the foreign Royal Decorations, Decorations and Medals respectively. The foreign Royal Decorations or Decorations, however, precede the Thai Royal Medals.
Should the foreign Royal Decorations, Decorations or Medals be worn on the occasion of state visit, they must precede their Thai counterparts.

33. The wearing of foreign Royal Decorations, Decorations or Medals which is different from Thai ones is processed on case by case basis.


Chapter 10

Wearing of Royal Decorations for Persons of Other Nationalities


34. Persons of other nationalities, upon whom were bestowed Thai Royal Decorations, have the right to wear them according to 7.

35. The wearing of the Thai Royal Decorations is applied with 8.

36. The rules of the wearing of the Thai Royal Decorations are:

(1) Men: Particular Uniform for Individual Private, Uniform, National Costume, Evening Dress or Lounge Suit
(2) Ladies: Thai Costume, Uniform, National Costume, Evening Dress or Short Dress

37. The wearing of Thai Royal Decorations with Royal Decorations, Decorations or Medals of their own Nationalities is applied with their own Acts. In case there are no Acts or Rules specifying it, chapter 9 is applied with.

Announced on November 21, 1998

Chuan Leekpai  
Prime Minister