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Annex to the Law No. 157/1994 Coll.

Art. 1

The White Lion Order shall be conferred or awarded by the President of the Republic

(a) to honour citizens of the Czech Republic for most distinguished services to the state, particularly in the fields of politics, public administration, development of economy, science, technology, culture, arts or education, for eminent contributions to the defence and security of the state, for excellent command and combat performance, for scientific accomplishments and expertise in the military and defence fields and for illustrious deeds enhancing the nation's international reputation;

(b) to honour persons who are not citizens of the Czech Republic for superior accomplishments contributing to the welfare of the Czech Republic.

Art. 2

(1) The White Lion Order comes in five classes, First Class being the highest, and includes a collar chain; the collar chain of the Order may be awarded solely to Heads of State.

(2) The White Lion Order comprises two divisions - Civil Division and Military Division.

Art. 3

When a higher class of the Order has been conferred upon a person previously holding a lower class the insignia of the lower class shall be returned to the Office of the President of the Republic.

Art. 4

The President of the Republic shall be entitled to wear the insignia of the First Class of the Order, including the collar chain of the Order. After a President has left office, the insignia may be conferred upon him/her for life if both Chambers of the Parliament decide so.

Art. 5

The holder of the Order shall receive a numbered specimen of the insignia of the Order with a numbered certificate.

Art. 6

(1) The badge of the White Lion Order is a garnet red enamelled star-shaped ornament with five arms. The arms are joined together by linden leaves with stems pointing towards the centre. A central medallion on the obverse of the badge takes the form of a crowned two-tailed silver lion extending over the arms. A medallion placed centrally on the reverse of the badge bears the Greater Coat of Arms of the Czech Republic encircled by a raised golden ring with the words "PRAVDA VITEZI" ("Truth Shall Prevail") inscribed in blue and a blue linden leaf between the letters at the bottom. The upper arm of the badge is attached to a suspension which takes the form of an elliptical linden wreath with palm leaves lying across it on the insignia of the Civil Division and crossed swords, points up, on that of the Military one. The coat of arms, the suspension, the ring, the frame of the badge and the linden leaves are made of gilded silver.

(2) The insignia of the First Class of the Order consists of the badge of the Order on a ribbon sash to be worn across the breast, extended from the right shoulder to the left hip, and a star to be worn on the left side of the breast. The diameter of the badge is 68 mm; the linden wreath which forms the suspension is 35x25 mm in size. The ribbon sash is 100 mm wide, red-white-red- white-red, the widths of the stripes being 5:15:60:15:5 mm. At the point where the ends of the ribbon sash meet a bow is attached, covering a fastener to hold the badge. The red on all ribbons is scarlet red. The star, made up of brilliant silver rays, is eight-pointed, 90 mm in diameter; a garnet red medallion placed at its centre bears a plastic crowned two-tailed silver lion encircled by a ring with the words "PRAVDA VITEZI" ("Truth Shall Prevail") inscribed in silver and a silver linden leaf between the letters at the bottom. The central piece on the reverse of the star bears the Greater Coat of Arms of the Czech Republic.

(3) The collar chain of the Order is made up of twenty links joined together by shorter chains extending between every two neighbouring links along the collar's inner and outer boundaries. The suspension link to hold the badge takes the form of a white enamelled monogram with the initials "CR" (for "Ceska republika", i.e. "The Czech Republic"). The other links take the form of silver lions with the inscription "PRAVDA VITEZI" ("Truth Shall Prevail"). The suspension link is 40x30 mm in size, the collar chain is made of heavily gilded silver, and the links are 2 mm thick.

(4) The insignia of the Second Class of the Order consists of the badge of the Order on a neck ribbon and a smaller star to be worn on the right side of the breast. The diameter of the badge is 62 mm; the suspension is 30x20 mm in size and comes with a perpendicular, garnet enamelled, trapezoid suspension loop, which is 35x8x4 mm in size. The neck ribbon is 45 mm wide, red-white-red-white-red, the widths of the stripes being 3:7:25:7:3 mm. The star is the same as that of the First Class, except that its diameter is 70 mm. The central piece on the reverse of the star bears the Greater Coat of Arms of the Czech Republic.

(5) The insignia of the Third Class of the Order is the same as that of the Second Class, except that it does not include the star.

(6) The insignia of the Fourth Class of the Order consists of the badge of the Order, 45 mm in diameter, with the suspension, which is 20x15 mm in size. The badge is suspended from a breast ribbon, threaded through, 38 mm wide, with a rosette whose diameter is 20 mm; the ribbon is red-white-red-white-red, the widths of the stripes being 2:6:22:6:2 mm.

(7) The insignia of the Fifth Class of the Order is made of silver, except for the enamelled parts; no rosette comes with the breast ribbon. In all other respects, the insignia is the same as that of the Fourth Class.

(8) On such occasions when the insignia of the Order is not to be worn "in natura" substitute ribbons, 38x10 mm in size, replace it when the holder appears in uniform. The ribbons come with different embellishments as follows:
First Class: a silver miniature of a lion with two linden leaves;
Second Class: a silver miniature of a lion;
Third Class: a rosette on a bed of gold thread;
Fourth Class: a rosette;
Fifth Class: no additional embellishment.

(9) When the holder appears in civilian attire rosettes are worn in the buttonhole of the left lapel, coming with different embellishments as follows:
First Class: a lion and a bed of gold thread;
Second Class: a lion and a bed of silver thread;
Third Class: a bed of gold thread;
Fourth Class: a bed of silver thread;
Fifth Class: no additional embellishment.
The diameter of the rosettes is 8 mm, the beds are 16x6 mm in size.

(10) The registration numbers are inscribed on the reverse of the suspension attached to the badge of the Order, on the reverse of the suspension link of the collar chain and on the upper edge of the central piece on the reverse of the star.

Art. 7

On ceremonial occasions the insignia of the Order shall be worn "in natura"; the holder shall wear only the insignia of the highest class bestowed upon him/her. On other than ceremonial occasions, the holder shall wear the rosette of the respective class on the lapel or, when appearing in uniform or off-duty dress, the substitute ribbon.

Art. 8

The insignia of the Fourth and Fifth Classes of the Order and the substitute ribbons of all classes are to be worn on the left side of the breast.

Art. 9

The affairs relating to the White Lion Order shall be administered by the Office of the President of the Republic.

Art. 10

The design of the insignia of the Order shall be chosen on the basis of a competition of tenders invited by the Office of the President of the Republic.

Sections 847 and subsequent of the Civil Code