THE NATURE OF THE ORDER
In his care for preservation of the ancient customs of the Sultanate of Sulu and the values of the nation, Ampun Sultan Muedzul-Lail Tan Kiram in June 2011 used his right of a fons honorum to create an Order, thus developing the traditional honours of the Royal Court in a form accepted internationally.
The Royal and Hashemite Order of the Pearl (hereinafter referred to as “the Order”) is the dynastical Order of the Royal House of Sulu, which serves as the premier premial institution and the highest personal honour of and in the Royal Sultanate of Sulu.
The Order is an honourable and nobiliary corporation instituted as a dynastic Order of Datuship analogous to traditional dynastic Orders of Chivalry, and is in direct continuation from the ancient customs and distinctions of the Royal Sultanate of Sulu and the Court of the Sultan.
Membership within the Order is conferred: upon those who have performed worthy and meritorious service of an exceptional level for the Sultanate of Sulu, its provinces, and its people; upon those of any nationality who, in any field of endeavour, have become distinguished and respected figures of international renown by virtue of their celebrated activities; and upon those who have performed loyal and faithful service to the Royal House and its members.
Conferrals shall be made to reaffirm and promote the bonds of brotherhood, friendship and goodwill that link the Sultanate with the global family of states; the warm affection between the Royal House and other Royal and Princely Houses; and the noble values of the Tausug aristocracy in Sulu and amongst the worldwide Tausug diaspora. The Order is headed by the Grand Sayyid, an equivalent of a Grand Master.
Ampun Sultan Muedzul-Lail Tan Kiram of Sulu