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The 12th century Sovereign Magistral Order of the Temple of Solomon, since its inception, has always possessed independent sovereignty with inherent governmental capacity:

The original Order of the Temple of Solomon was initially granted Royal patronage with autonomous sovereignty by King Baldwin II in 1118 AD [1] [2] [3] [4], including rights “in perpetuity” [5], such that “the Templars were not directly responsible to any secular monarch” [6], nor to any Church [7]. This founding grant was reconfirmed at the Council of Nablus in 1120 AD [8]. It was additionally granted autonomous sovereignty by ratification of its Charter as a Vatican Papal Decree in 1129 AD [9].

The Templar Order was directly and officially granted permanent and irrevocable sovereignty with full independence by a Vatican Papal Bull in 1139 AD [10], reconfirmed by supporting Papal Bulls in 1144 AD [11] and 1145 AD [12]. Official Vatican records confirm that the Templar Order did in fact possess and exercise itsindependent non-territorial sovereignty of statehood, quietly and privately, only in its relations with other historical institutions [13] [14].

The Sovereign Magistral Order of the Temple of Solomon was restored to its full legal legitimacy of sovereignty by historical rules of continuity and succession [15], officially reestablishing its original Grand Mastery by proven legal and canonical precedent [16] [17] in 2013 AD, by rules which remain in full force as customary international law [18] [19] which are binding upon all countries [20].

As a non-territorial sovereign Principality of independent statehood, the modern Templar Order legally holds the status of a “sovereign subject of international law” [21] [22] based upon its authentic substance [23]. As the state representing the “nationality” of cultural Templarism in world affairs, it is sometimes also properly referred to as a “nation-state”.

As a result of these (and many more) proven legal facts, the Order of the Temple of Solomon lawfully has a legitimate constitutional and parliamentary Government, possessing official capacity to exercise all functions of statehood and diplomacy in international relations.




The Government of the Templar Order, traditionally called the Parliament, consists of the Grand Officers of the chivalric aspect of the Order, supported by the Ministers of the governmental aspect of the Order, presided over by the Prince Grand Master as Head of State.

Historically, the Grand Mastery and Government of the Order have always worked together as an egalitarian meritocracy, with all officials coming to the table as equals. It was precisely this tradition which was famously described as the “Knights of the Round Table” of medieval Arthurian legends, which were written and popularized by the Knights Templar themselves [24] [25]. Accordingly, the authentic Templar Order de-emphasizes individual personalities, and does not support the dominating influence of any particular individuals, strictly following the historical Templar motto “Non nobis Domine, sed nomini Tuo da gloriam”: “Not to us, Lord, by to Thy name give the glory” [26].

Upholding these core principles, the Government of the Templar Principality does not “rule” nor impose “governance” over its members or participating organizations. Rather, it serves to represent its membership, representing the national identity of cultural Templarism, while guiding the historical institution by its original doctrines as proven by the historical record. (Indeed, this must be the necessary function of any true “government” – to listen to and faithfully represent the rights and interests of its people, while guiding its public policy by time-tested humanitarian principles and fairness of the Rule of Law.)

All members and participating organizations simply agree to abide by the Acts & Laws established by the Templar Government, as a contractual condition of interacting with and benefitting from this venerable historical institution.




The Head of State of the Order as a sovereign subject of international law is the Prince Grand Master of the Order as a historical institution. As Sovereign Head of State, the Grand Master holds the inherent sovereign and chivalric Fons Honourumwhich is vested in the Order itself in its own right [27] [28] [29].


Grand Master
Most Eminent Highness (M.E.H.)
Prince Matthew of Thebes

Official heraldic coat of arms of Prince Matthew of Thebes, Head of State as the 24th Grand Master of the Order of the Temple of Solomon

Official heraldic coat of arms of Prince Matthew of Thebes, Head of State as the 24th Grand Master of the Order of the Temple of Solomon

Prince Matthew holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Foreign Languages, Master of Science (M.S.) in Electrical Engineering (1996), Juris Doctor (J.D.) in International Law (1997), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in International Affairs (2001), “Professorship” Doctor of Science in Jurisprudence (D.S.J.) in International Law (2008), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Archaeology and Egyptology (2012).

He is a government accredited International Judge registered with a Ministry of Justice (2013), vetted and certified by an International Judiciary Bar Association, working on-call for cases assigned to him and part-time in Judiciary Administration, specializing in international law and human rights.

He is an authoritative academic, scholar of ecclesiastical history, leading historian and archaeologist for United Nations NGO organizations. He is an Associate Professor of Ancient History, and Mission Director of Archaeology, for various cooperating universities.

Matthew was legally and canonically established as Prince Grand Master of the Order of the Temple of Solomon by sovereignty of a legalized Royal line of King Fulk of Jerusalem, the original founding Royal authority of the Templar Order, thereby restoring and reconnecting the Grand Mastery to its own independent sovereignty from a Papal Bull of 1139 AD.

By chivalric, nobliary and heraldic law under Canon law, all as customary international law, Prince Matthew is officially the 24th Grand Master of the Templar Order, succeeding Jacques de Molay after 700 years of abeyance, thereby becoming the first official Grand Master of the original 12th century Knights Templar in the modern era.

For detailed facts supported by evidence of the legitimacy and good standing of Prince Matthew, proving any attempted defamation to be knowingly false and illegal, see the topic: “Verified Integrity of the Prince Grand Master




The upper house of Parliament is comprised of the traditional Grand Mastery, consisting of the Grand Officers of the Order as a historical chivalric institution.

All Grand Officers also hold the legal status of Ambassadors at Large in diplomatic relations for the Sovereign Order, and thus may alternately use the higher prenominal style of address “His (Her) Excellency” (H.E.), as they deem appropriate in furtherance of their official functions.

(Note:  Some Grand Officers may separately hold additional ecclesiastical titles, which may be of higher status than the present secular titles and forms of address used in the Templar Government, and thus may use such titles privately as they deem appropriate.)

The following is only a partial list of the Grand Officers who currently have the most visible public functions:


Grand Commander
Right Honourable (Rt. Hon.)
Viscount Michael Henry Dunn, Ph.D., M.P.

Viscount Michael, Grand Commander

Viscount Michael, Grand Commander

Michael Henry Dunn trained at The Julliard School of theater arts (1980), and holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Communications and Psychology (1989), Master of Arts (M.A.) in Psychology of Religious Studies (1993), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Comparative Religion (2003). He is a human rights advocate, scholar, and author. As a recognized authority on Renaissance literature, he has lectured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe.

He was initiated into the Kriya Yoga path of Paramahansa Yogananda by the Self Realization Fellowship (SRF) in 1990, serving for 22 years contributing to the spiritual community of the Fellowship, leading meditation and chanting practices.

As a leader in the Interfaith Movement, he participated in several major events of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, including the Conference on the Divine Feminine at Assisi in Italy, the founding meeting of the American Contemplative Alliance in Maryland, and a gathering of global interfaith leaders during the United Nations Conference in Copenhagen in 2009.

He is a classically trained actor with a 15 year career in arts and theater. As a musician and composer, he has recorded two highly acclaimed albums of devotional chanting in the Kirtan Yoga tradition of India, and was invited by The Episcopal Cathedral of Los Angeles as an official participant in the historic Hindu-Anglican Reconciliation Mass in 2007.

He is an Adjunct Professor of History and Comparative Religion at the history faculty of a licensed accredited university. He develops research in geopolitics and civil rights, in cooperation with NGO institutions of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and BRICS alliance of independent countries promoting international law and human rights.

Viscount Michael Henry Dunn earned and was awarded official legalized European nobility peerage as a Viscount, under juridical Fons Honourum authority of the Order of the Temple of Solomon. He was appointed as Grand Commander for the Order as a sovereign subject of international law, thus serving in the upper house of Parliament in the government.  As Chairman of the Grand Mastery, he is an Ambassador at Large for the Order.


Grand Seneschal
Right Honourable (Rt. Hon.)
Sir Immanuel Otto, M.A., M.P.

Immanuel Otto, Minister of Culture, MP

Archbishop Immanuel,
Grand Seneschal

Immanuel Otto holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Classical Arts Media (2000), and Master of Arts (M.A.) in Sacred Performance Arts (2005). He holds multiple certifications in computer database systems and digital media, as applied to group collaboration projects for social movements, and digital studio arts, video and music production.

He has over 22 years of classical training and professional experience in performing arts, music and visual arts, which manifests as “Hollywood” quality visual presentations, soundtrack and film productions for non-profit social movements of sacred activism.

He has over 18 years of professional experience in institutional branding of socio-cultural movements, with related supporting social network development and online promotion systems. This includes 4 years of specialization in book and film publishing, marketing and distribution, including for a successful series of best-selling books and several independent films.

Immanuel has over 16 years of experience as a Social Programs Producer for various cultural institutions, developing membership communities and interactive platforms to mobilize social resources for non-profit missions, providing supporting online infrastructure to coordinate community efforts. This included 7 years as a key leadership team member of the Joseph Campbell Foundation, involving digital archives projects for cultural and academic preservation.

Sir Immanuel Otto was appointed as Grand Seneschal for the Order as a sovereign subject of international law, thus serving in the upper house of Parliament in the government.


Grand Justiciar
Right Honourable (Rt. Hon.)
Count Mario Farquharson, Ph.D., M.P.

Count Mario Minister of Justice MP Knights Templar

Count Mario, Grand Justiciar

Mario Farquharson is an international lawyer, human rights advocate, philanthropist, and judiciary official, who has dedicated his career and life work to advancing humanitarian missions through timeless historical institutions.

He holds an LL.B. law degree (2006) in International Law, a Master of Science (M.S.) in Education (2011), and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in International Law (2014). He also serves as an investigating Instruction Judge for a UN-level licensed Court of international Justice.

His career features combined overlapping education and experience of more than 14 years of non-profit philanthropy and humanitarian charity work, 12 years of international law specializing in human rights, and 8 years of electrical engineering providing a highly effective systemic-analytical approach to legal practice, supplemented by 8 years of banking and finance.

Mario is a member of the elite Inns of Court of the UK justice system. He is also an accomplished senior leader of official certifying bodies of the legal services profession in the United Kingdom, a Fellow of the prestigious Royal Society for Arts (RSA), and an appointed Council Member and Fellow of the World Certification Institute (WCI).

Count Mario Farquharson earned and was awarded official legalized European nobility peerage as a Count, under juridicalFons Honourum authority of the Order of the Temple of Solomon. He was appointed as Grand Justiciar for the Order as a sovereign subject of international law, thus serving on the upper house of Parliament in the government.


Grand Canon
His Holiness (H.H.)
Cardinal Khern S. Oliver, D.D.(h.c.)
Pontiff of the Ancient Catholic Church

Cardinal Khern S. Oliver, Grand Canon

H.H. Pontiff Khern S. Oliver of the Ancient Catholic Church, Grand Canon

Pontiff Khern Oliver has over 18 years of ecclesiastical experience in classical Churches of various canonical denominations of Catholicism.

He began his ecclesiastical career in the Franciscan tradition of the Roman Catholic Church under the Vatican, ordained into minor orders in the Brotherhood of Saint Francis in Derby England (1997), where he was ordained as a Deacon and Priest (1998). He was initiated into the Sacred Order of Benedictine Brothers (2004), specializing in investigations of energy manifestations and exorcisms. With additional seminary studies in the Essene Orthodox Church, he completed an Associate of Theology degree from the Wedgewood Seminary of the Order of Saint Thomas (2009), and was elevated to Doctor of Divinity (Honoris Causa, for earned merit) by the Chivalric Order of Saint Daniel (2010).

Khern was consecrated as a Bishop by the Old Roman Catholic Church in Lutterworth, England (2010), and elevated to Archbishop by Corpus Christi Ecumenical Fellowship (2011). He completed one full year of studies in Canon Law under an externship of Ignita Veritas University (2014), and was elevated to Cardinal of the Ancient Catholic Church (2014).

Canonically incardinated exclusively by the Ancient Catholic Church, Khern is not subject to the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of any other external Church, although by Canon law many Clergy and Bishops of his former Churches remain under Khern’s Episcopal jurisdiction as their ordinator and consecrator.

Cardinal Khern was strategically vested with multiple lines of Apostolic Succession by the 12th century Independent Church Movement, the derivative 19th century Old Catholic Movement, and the resulting 20th century Liberal and Reformed Catholic Movement, as a figurehead to reunite all of these movements, which are recognized by the Vatican. This led to his founding the Independent Rite of Catholic Churches (2010), culminating in the full restoration of the 12th century Ancient Catholic Church (2015).

After service and ministry under the Vatican (1997-2003), he practiced active Episcopal ministry in Corpus Christi Ecumenical Fellowship (2003-2014), and the Celtic Church of the Good Shepherd (2008-2014). He now serves as the Canonical Pontiff (Catholicos Pontifex) of the 1st century denomination of Ancient Catholicism, and Pontifical Prelate (Coadjutoris Pontifex) of the Curia and College of Bishops of the Ancient Catholic Church.

As the Ancient Catholic Pontiff, Cardinal Khern Oliver was appointed Grand Canon for the Order as a sovereign subject of international law, thus serving in the upper house of Parliament in the government. As Grand Canon, he is the Chief Advisor to the Grand Mastery on all canonical and ecclesiastical matters.


Grand Chaplain
Right Honourable (Rt. Hon.)
Professor Ivor Francis, Ph.D. (candidate), M.P.

Bishop Ivor, Minister of Education, MP

Ivor Francis, Grand Chaplain

Ivor Francis holds a Bachelor of Music (B.M.) (1985), Master of Arts (M.A.) (2007), and is a scholar in the Doctorate of Musical Arts program of University of Southern California. He has over 30 years of experience as a composer and music industry studio producer for commercial albums, radio, television and film soundtracks. His research and works have won multiple industry awards, and his compositions are performed by many orchestras.

He has over 20 years of experience as a professional educator, including as a teacher for the Los Angeles School District and S.T.A.R. Education, and Professor for San Francisco School of the Arts, San Francisco State University, and University of Southern California, teaching diverse subjects including physics, science, astronomy, chemistry, history, creative writing and musicology.

Raised in a devout Roman Catholic family, for 40 years (since 1975), Ivor has dedicated himself to academic study and practice of ancient, medieval and Victorian-era scholarly works of Theosophy and Hermetic sacred knowledge. He studied 35 years in Self Realization Fellowship (SRF) (since 1979), achieving Kriyaban initiation (1990).

He is currently a Professor and Dean of Faculty at the Academy of Theological Sciences of a licensed accredited university.  He is the co-founder of the modern Thought Form Healing™ method reconstructed from ancient Hermetic priestly practices, with over 8 years of experience as a supporting Professor for a licensed clinical mind-body bio-energy healing center.

Professor Ivor Francis was appointed as Grand Chaplain for the Order as a sovereign subject of international law, thus serving in the upper house of Parliament in the government.


Grand Chancellor
Right Honourable (Rt. Hon.)
Professor Diane Cantwell, Ph.D., M.P.

Bishop Dr. Diane Cantwell, Honorary Crown Consul

Diane Cantwell, Grand Chancellor

Diane Cantwell holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Communications (1977), Masters in Education (M.Ed.) (1980), Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in Computer Education (1991), Master of Science (M.S.) in Guidance & Counseling (2002), and a Ph.D. in Energy Sciences of Ancient Priesthood (2014). She is a licensed mental health counselor, national board certified teacher for school counseling, and certified clinical hypnotherapist.

She has over 35 years experience creating educational products related to stress management, meditation, communication and healthy living, which are used in schools and learning institutions around the world. This is supplemented by 7 years experience as an Adjunct Professor, Educator and Guidance Counselor at multiple educational institutions, and over 8 years in clinical practice specializing in spiritual healing.

She is currently a Professor and Dean of Curriculum at the Academy of Theological Sciences of a licensed accredited university.  She is the co-founder of the modern Thought Form Healing™ method reconstructed from ancient Hermetic priestly practices.

Diane has a strong Roman Catholic background, focused by decades of studying the ancient Biblical Priesthood of Melchizedek underpinning Christianity, including sacred knowledge of the mechanics of consciousness. She completed over 12 years of intensive academic studies in classical scholarly religious sciences (2002-2014), including 7 years of formal university studies, completing her Ph.D. in Energy Sciences in Ancient Priesthood (2014).

Professor Doctor Diane Cantwell has over 30 years experience actively supporting non-profit and charitable organizations as an educator, guest speaker, expert lecturer, and Goodwill Ambassador for humanitarian causes.

She was appointed as Grand Chancellor for the Order as a sovereign subject of international law, thus serving in the upper house of Parliament in the government.





H (100) Knights Templar Illuminated Letters www.knightstemplarorder.orgHaving full authority of statehood as a sovereign subject of international law, the Sovereign Magistral Order of the Temple of Solomon maintains an official Diplomatic Corps of diplomatic agents and consular officers. Diplomats currently serve directly under the Head of State.

The status, authorities, privileges and immunities of Diplomats of the Order under international law are established and governed by the Sovereign Defense and Crown Office Act of 2009 as enacted by the Parliament.

International law recognizes the “status of diplomatic agents” from all forms of nation states “since ancient times”, including historical sovereign entities of “differing constitutional and social systems” (UN Convention on Diplomatic Relations, Preamble; UN Convention of Consular Relations, Preamble.) International law specifically requires that countries “shall not discriminate” against a historical form of nation state (UN Convention on Consular Relations, Article 47.1).

By force of international law, diplomatic status is effectively invoked by presenting “Diplomatic Credentials” (ID cards issued by the sending nation state), and not by a diplomatic travel passport (which is not required). The fact of presenting Diplomatic Credentials to any foreign official fully triggers their obligations under international law to honour the diplomatic status. (UNConvention on Diplomatic Relations, Article 13.)

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Official Flag of the Order of the Temple of Solomon as a sovereign and independent nation-state subject of international law

Official Flag of the Order of the Temple of Solomon as a sovereign and independent nation-state subject of international law