The Order of Excellence, which was created in 2003, is reserved for foreign heads of state or heads of government who has played an integral part in Jamaica's development.
This Order is ranked with the same precedence as the honour of the Order of the Nation.
That means that recipients of this Order are also styled ‘The Most Honourable’.
The insignia of the Order of Excellence is a twelve-point breast star in yellow gold, interspersed with representations of pineapples in white gold.
In the center is the heraldic Coat of Arms of Jamaica in yellow gold, superimposed on a red enamelled background and surrounded by the motto of the Order, which is...
‘Excellence Through Service’,
...in gold letters on royal blue enamel.
The insignia is worn with a yellow shoulder sash edged with a narrow band of green and black in equal proportions.
Since its inception in 2003, the Order has been conferred on three foreign dignitaries, namely:
President of Tanzania, His Excellency Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete
The King of Spain, His Majesty Juan Carlos
Former President of South Africa, His Excellency Thabo Mbeki
The Former President of South Africa, His Excellency Thabo Mbeki was conferred with the award on July 1, 2003; The King of Spain, His Majesty Juan Carlos was conferred with the Order in February of 2009' and President of Tanzania, His Excellency Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, was conferred with the Order in November 2009.
So this is a very rare order and as such you notice that it has not been awarded to many or any and any heads of state or heads of government.
Some kind of 'Excellent' service must be done by these state heads in order to be conferred with this Order of Excellence.
Source: Directory of the Orders of the Jamaican Societies of Honour
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