Order of precedence Order of precedence is a sequential hierarchy of nominal importance of persons. Most often it is used in the context of people by many organizations and governments, for very formal and state occasions, especially where diplomats are present. It can also be used in the context of decorations, medals and awards. Historically, the order of precedence had a more widespread use, especially in court and aristocratic life. A person's position in an order of :wikt:precedence|precedence is not necessarily an indication of functional importance, but rather an indication of ceremonial or historical relevance; for instance, it may dictate where dignitaries are seated at formal dinners. The term is occasionally used to mean the order of succession—to determine who replaces the head of state in the event they are removed from office or incapacitated—as they are often identical, at least near the top. What follows are the general orders of precedence for different countries for state purposes, such as diplomatic dinners, and are made under the assumption that such functions are held in the capital. When they are held in another city or region, local officials such as governors would be much higher up the order. There may also be more specific and local orders of precedence, for particular occasions or within particular institutions. Universities and the professions often have their own rules of precedence applying locally, based on university or professional rank, each rank then being ordered within itself on the basis of seniority. Within an institution the officials of that institution are likely to rank much higher in the order than in a general order of precedence—the chancellor or president of a university may well precede anyone except a head of state for example. The same might be true for a mayor in their own city.
Argentine order of precedence Australian order of precedence Barbadian order of precedence Belgian order of precedence Bengali order of precedence Brazilian order of precedence Canadian order of precedence Catholic Church order of precedence Chinese order of precedence Danish order of precedence French order of precedence German order of precedence Greek order of precedence Hong Kong order of precedence Indian order of precedence Order of precedence in the Isle of Man Israeli order of precedence Italian order of precedence Jamaican order of precedence Malaysian order of precedence New Zealand order of precedence Norwegian order of precedence Warrant of Precedence for Pakistan Philippine order of precedence Polish order of precedence Portuguese order of precedence Order of Precedence in Nepal Order of precedence in Romania Order of precedence in Russia Spanish order of precedence South Korean order of precedence Sri Lankan order of precedence Swedish order of precedence Swiss order of precedence Thai order of precedence Turkish order of precedence United Kingdom order of precedence *Order of precedence in England and Wales *Order of precedence in Scotland *Order of precedence in Northern Ireland United States order of precedence Lists (decorations and medals) Australian Honours Order of Precedence Canadian order of precedence German order of precedence Polish order of precedence South African military decorations order of precedence United States military order of precedence Texas Military order of precedence
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