9 December 2013
The Lord Ashcroft PC KCMG speaking with HIH Prince Ermias President Crown Council of Ethiopia. Lord Ashcroft was invested Knight Grand Cross of the Imperial Order of the Holy Trinity (post-nominal GCHT). H.I.M Emperor Haile Selassie established the dynastic Order of the Holy Trinity on November 2, 1930, as a way to celebrate his coronation as Emperor of Ethiopia following the death of Empress Zewditu on April 2. Initially established in five grades, it was only awarded to a select group of Ethiopian aristocracy, high-ranking clergy, and senior members of the Imperial Court. Eventually, the order was slimmed down to one grade, Grand Cross (with an additional Grand Collar to denote exceptionally extraordinary service), and made available to foreigners, both civilian and military. Following the fall of the Ethiopian monarchy in 1975, the Order of the Holy Trinity remained present in the Ethiopian honours system, under the custody of the Crown Council. The current Grand Master of the order is Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie, grandson of Haile Selassie.