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On Republic Day, the President, on behalf of the Government and all Maltese, paid public tribute to a number of Maltese citizens who distinguish themselves in different fields of endeavour, by appointing them to The National Order of Merit or to the Xirka ġieħ ir-Repubblika, or by awarding them the Midalja għall-Qadi tar-Repubblika.  In rare cases the Midalja għall-Qlubija can be awarded, even posthumously, to a Maltese citizen for an act of exceptional bravery.

This year’s Investiture Ceremony took place at The Palace, Valletta, on Thursday    13 December 2012, immediately following the customary Ceremonial Parade held at the Palace Square.

During the Ceremony, one honorary officer, one officer, one honorary member and eight members were appointed to The National Order of Merit. Three individuals and two couples were awarded the Midalja għall-Qadi tar-Repubblika.

The Investiture Ceremony was the culmination of a process which started with a public call for nominations issued in September to which a number of citizens responded by submitting their nomination.

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