HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor appointed as an effective member of the Italian Heraldic Council

Today, HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan Al-Numan VIII was notified of his appointment as an effective member of the Italian Heraldic Council.

The Italian Heraldic Council was founded on 18 November 1948. The functions of the College of Heralds of the Kingdom of Italy having been abolished following the fourteenth transitory and final disposition of the Constitution of the Republic of Italy (“The law declares the suppression of the College of Heralds”), the Italian Heraldic Council set itself the following principal aims: checking the historic legitimacy of concession titles; establishing the validity of geological trees; carrying out research of a historic and genealogical nature; collecting coats of arms, in order to safeguard the historic heritage of the Italian nobility.

In 1966, the head office was moved to Milan and, in 1993, Don Francesco Maria Mariano Duke of Otranto became the Grand Master, notifying the Ministry for Education and the Ministry for the Interior that the Institute “aims to operate as a cultural body in the training and promoting sphragistics, genealogy and diplomatic studies in the widest sense linked to heraldry, as subjects which require a fundamental revitalisation”.

In 1994, the Marquises Arardo Maria and Renato Maria Spreti – sons of the Marquis Vittorio Spreti, promoter and director of the Italian Historic and Noble Encyclopaedia – granted the Italian Heraldic Council the exclusive right to transpose the text of the Italian Historic and Noble Encyclopaedia into a data bank operating on any type of magnetic support.

On 19 April 1995, the Association, in agreement with the aforesaid sole heirs of the Marquis Vittorio Spreti, assumed the name Italian Heraldic Council – Marquis Vittorio Spreti Institute; on the same occasion, the Duke of Otranto became the President of the association and the head office was moved to its final home in Padua.

After the death, in 2000, of the Marquis Arardo Maria, the position of Vice-President of the Council was taken over by the Marquis Renato Maria Spreti, second son of Vittorio, whose experience, coordination and spiritual as well as material guidance, provides us with particular, invincible stimuli.

Ever since its foundation, the Institute has pursued the aim of scientifically encouraging studies in heraldry and genealogy, as well as providing advice for the granting or recognition of titles, coats of arms and predicates of nobility, even in the realm of jurisdiction and the law, in Italy and abroad; this is done in order to safeguard the history of the homeland and to seek and preserve heraldic, noble, genealogical, bourgeois and chivalrous values.

Among other things, the Council deals with:

* the illustration of noble and bourgeois coats of arms and the realisation of family coats of arms ex novo, with respective registration by notary, filing and possible publication in the Official Gazette (as well as recording in the Italian Grand Armorial Register);
* etymological studies, with particular reference to the etymological origin of surnames;
* carrying out formalities for the admission to orders of chivalry;
* the publication of editorial works of particular historic and heraldic interest, including the Iconographic Archive of Orders of Chivalry and the Italian Grand Armorial Register, etc.
* the issue of opinions pro veritate, of a technical heraldic nature, and, for services provided by the Higher Institute of Noble Law, of a chivalrous and noble nature;
* all types of investigations in the national, municipal and parish registers, and wherever may be considered necessary for the greater accuracy of research.

The Italian Heraldic Council can count on the interest and loyalty of over 16,000 clients or appreciators, and has delegations in many countries, including the United States of America, Spain, the Principality of Monaco, France, Austria, Japan, Slovakia, Poland, Russia, the Ukraine, Armenia, China, the United Arab Emirates, etc.

More about the Council HERE

The Royal House of Ghassan opens office in Geneva, Switzerland

The Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland

The Sovereign Imperial Royal House of Ghassan, in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations ECOSOC and officially recognized by the Government of the Lebanese Republic by Presidential decree number 5,800/2019, has opened an office in Geneva, Switzerland, in order to participate in the UN’s Human Rights meetings and discussions taking place around the Palais des Nations. Due to COVID-19 regulations, no special event was held to celebrate this important landmark, however the representation of the Royal House have been actively participating in the UN meetings since September.

Meetings may be arranged by contacting the office at

Official statement about the 2020 US elections

I’d like to congratulate president elect Joe Biden and vice-president elect Kamala Harris for the victory in the 2020 elections. Regarding the fraud accusations by President Trump, we support that they should be meticulously investigated and adjudicated and if, and only if, it’s proven beyond the reasonable doubt its significant impact on the numbers, the results should be contested. Otherwise we hope and pray for a peaceful transition. God Bless America!

HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan Al-Numan VIII, Head of the Sovereign Imperial and Royal House of Ghassan

HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor to represent International Monarchical Forum in the US and Lebanon

Today it was officially announced that HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan Al-Nu’man VIII was appointed to represent the FIMO (International Monarchical Forum) as the head to the United States and Lebanon delegations. The Forum’s initiative was founded by the Monarchical Union of Spain presided by Don Joaquin Corominas.
The Forum aims to bring together all the world’s monarchists and all the monarchist movements, related Associations and non-governmental and governmental institutions of all countries. Promoting the Monarchy, its History and culture, through International Conferences, Forums and Summits. Currently, FIMO has delegations from over 30 countries. The events first edition to be held in São Paulo, Brazil in 2021.

Dr Thomas Schirrmacher elected the new secretary general of World Evangelical Alliance

Dr Schirrmacher with Pope Francis

The President of the Royal Ghassanid Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Protestant Grand Chaplain of the Equestrian Order of Michael Archangel Dr Thomas Schirrmacher was elected the new Secretary General of the World Evangelical Alliance.

The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) is a global organization of evangelical churches, serving more than 600 million evangelicals, founded in 1846 at Freemasons’ Hall in London, England, United Kingdom to unite evangelicals worldwide. WEA is the largest international organization of evangelical churches. The headquarters is in Deerfield, Illinois. It brings together 7 regional and 135 evangelical alliances of churches, and over 150 member organizations. Some of the national alliances include Protestant churches which are not traditional Evangelical churches in the strict sense (anabaptism,[1] networks & church denominations). Moreover, the WEA includes a certain percentage of individual evangelical Christian churches. It is open for membership of individual evangelical Christians[2] (as compared to the World Council of Churches(WCC), where individual membership is not possible). The Evangelical Alliance[3] of the United Kingdom, its founding member, is part of WEA.

Dr Schirrmacher has been a Royal House of Ghassan’s close collaborator for many years and a personal friend of HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor and all the Royal Family that wish the new WEA’s Secretary General all the Blessings and success.

Pope Francis appoints Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa as new Patriarch of Jerusalem

The new Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem HB Pierbattista Pizzaballa, O.F.M. with HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor back in 2014 when His Beatitude was the Custos of Jerusalem

Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, O.F.M., as the Patriarch of Jerusalem on Saturday. He was serving as Apostolic Administrator sede vacante of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem since June 2016. The Patriarch also assumes the position as Grand Prior of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor officially met the new Patriarch in 2014 when he was the Custos of Jerusalem.

The prince as a Knight Commander of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, on behalf of the Royal Family of Ghassan sends the best wishes to His Beatitude!

HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor appointed as member of honor of the Noble College Croce Reale in Italy

HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan was appointed as member “ad honorem” (of honor) of the Noble College Croce Reale in Italy. The Noble College has as patrons and honorary presidents the following prestigious European princes:

HIRH Archduke Maximillian Habsburg-Lothringen

HIRH Archduke Karl Philip Habsburg-Lothringen and México

HRH Princess Maria Isabella of Savoy Genova

More about the Noble College HERE