On November 30, 2011, His Majesty King Juan Carlos of Spain attended the opening of the exhibit, La Orden de Toison de Oro (The Order of the Golden Fleece), in Madrid, Spain.
Per the official website for the royal house of Spain:
His Majesty King Juan Carlos came to the headquarters of the Fundación Carlos of Antwerp to preside over the opening of the exhibition “The Order of the Golden Fleece,” which the Foundation has organized a special collaboration with the National Trust, sponsored by Telefónica, RENFE, Banco People and the Fundación Ramón Areces, and the collaboration of Banco Santander and the Ministry of Culture.
During the ceremony, King Juan Carlos was accompanied by Minister of the Presidency, Ramon Jauregui, the Minister of Culture, Ángeles González-Sinde, the president of the Foundation Carlos of Antwerp, Miguel Angel Aguilar, and the Knights of the Illustrious Order of the Golden Fleece, His Royal Highness the Infante Don Carlos, His Majesty King Simeon of Bulgaria, Mr. Javier Solana and Victor Garcia de la Concha.
Antwerp Carlos Foundation offers a course that reveals the artistic history and traditions of knighthood most prestigious and exclusive in the history of Europe: the Order of the Golden Fleece (Bruges, 1430), whose Head and Ruler is the King of Spain, now His Majesty King Juan Carlos I.
The exhibition curated by Fernando Checa and Count of Sierra Gorda, Joaquín Martínez-Correcher, presents the evolution of this institution that Philip the Good, duke of Burgundy, founded to defend the ideals of chivalry, and whose sovereignty passed to the Crown of Castile when Philip the Fair, son and heir of Mary of Burgundy, married Juana I of Castile.
Juan de Austria, hero of Lepanto, Wellington and Bismarck have been part of the institution they belong to all current European monarchs, the King of Saudi Arabia, the Emperor of Japan, and prominent personalities such as Adolfo Suárez, Víctor García de la Concha and Javier Solana.
The name of the order refers to the Greek myth of the Golden Fleece, a gift from the gods, who brought prosperity to whoever possessed. Evokes, as an example of chivalry and heroism that showed Jason and the Argonauts, who was part of Hercules, in returning to Greece, from the Asian city of Colchis, the precious talisman whose picture hangs on the chains that still give the Knights at his inauguration.
From its origins comes to Burgundian Order of the Golden Fleece its patron saint, St. Andrew, whose feast day is November 30, the date of the inauguration. The sample will be chaired by Rubens masterpiece, belonging to the Fundación Carlos de Antwerp since 1639: The Martyrdom of St. Andrew, who represents the apostle. The cross-shaped cross, called Burgundy, was the emblem of the thirds of Flanders and is still part of the shields of king and Spanish armed forces.
The exhibition will lead to the publication of a catalog and a few workshops for children at Christmas and a documentary on the collaboration of Spanish TV and History Channel.
Source and photo courtesy of: Casa de Su Majestad el Rey