The Knighthood of Charles III of Spain (Fontani).
Footnote: A “Distinction of Knight of First Class of Charles III, King of Spain” was claimed in 1878 by the Conte Luigi Fontani.
In this case the Commissioners noted that this distinction could not be borne in Malta without special permission but not without also noting that the claimant did not only not even present any documents in proof of his claim, but did not even indicate a date when this was supposedly granted.
The claim was dismissed altogether by the Commissioners. (“Correspondence and Report of the Commission appointed to enquire into the claims and grievances of the Maltese Nobility”, May 1878, presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of Her Majesty (C.-2033.) (See Report Para. 240)).
The actual report says the following:
“No proof or document whatever having been produced concerning these grants, such claims cannot be consequently allowed. The same conclusion will also hold good with regard to the claims “..of the Conte Fontani to the distinction of Knight of the 1st class of Charles III., King of Spain. We may add that the distinction last mentioned cannot according to the law now in force be borne in Malta without Her Majesty’s special permission”.