Originally Posted by maria-olivia
The President did not receive the Leopold Order ?
Art. 12 of the old Swiss constitution of 1848 prohibited Swiss citizens from accepting honors and titles. I guess it was a form of radical republicanism. The current constitution doesn't explicitly ban titles or honors, but the prohibition, I think, is still enforced by statute (i.e., ordinary law). Accordingly, Switzerland is one of the few countries that do not have a civilian honors system.
The US constitution has a similar provision, but it applies only to people who hold a federal public office, rather than all citizens as in Switzerland
Changing subjects, did Princess Astrid attend too?