Current news and events of the Royal House of Aragon

During 2011 inter alia Investitures of the Military Order of the Collar were held in Catania, Wexford, Stockholm and Winchester Cathedral. Throughout February renowned organist Christopher Diebert MOC gave organ recitals in New Jersey for the benefit of the national breast cancer foundation.


February – Sicily

3rd February Knights and Dames of the Military Order of the Collar attended the public procession led by the Archbishop of Catania which culminates in the Offering of the Candles to St Agatha and a Te Deum in the Cathedral. Later that day in the Grandmagistral Church of Sant’Anna there was an Investiture Mass celebrated by Archbishop Sbarbaro followed by a banquet in the Palazzo Biscari.

5th February by invitation of the Archbishop of Catania the Government of the MOC attended the Pontifical Mass in the Cathedral in honour of St Agatha on her Feast Day.

May – Wales and Sweden

An Investiture will be held on the 11th May in the Priory Church of St Mary in Abergavenny followed by Solemn Benediction celebrated by Abbot Thomas Regan OSB. A Gala Luncheon will follow at Clytha Park. Knights and Dames of the Order will formally attend Mass in Merthyr Tydfil on the 12th May.

An Investiture Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Sbarbaro in the presence of the Royal Family in the Church of St John in Stockholm on the 31st May. A Reception and Banquet will follow in the Grand Hotel.

October – Bulgaria & England

The Royal Family will attend an Investiture which will be held in Sofia followed by a Banquet at the Grand Hotel on the 5th October.

An Investiture Mass will be celebrated by Fr Stuart Meyer in the Lady Chapel of Winchester Cathedral on the 19th October to be followed by a banquet.

November – USA

An Investiture Mass will be held in the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament, Raritan (NJ) on the 16th November, followed by a banquet in New Brunswick.