Also hosting the event was Pier Ferdinando Casini former President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies and currently Honorary President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union(IPU), President of the Christian Democratic International, and majority faction leader of the Union of the Centre (UdC).
The Award was presented at the Sala Zuccari of Palazzo Giustiniani in Rome, the official residence of the President of the Italian Senate. At the ceremony Mr Baron was accompanied by his wife, renowned painter Sofia Gandarias and their son Alejandro Baron. The ceremony was also attended by Eduardo De Santis, Chairman and Founder of Gold Mercury International, who is also a recipient of the Order, and Riccardo Monti, President of ICE, the Italian Trade Agency.
The ‘Order of the Italian Star’ is Italy’s oldest national honour and was established by the Italian Republic in 1947 soon after the end of the Second World War. The ‘Order of the Italian Star’ recognises the Italian Republic’s gratitude and solidarity for the efforts and services made towards the reconstruction of the nation, the preservation of national prestige abroad, as well as cooperation with other countries.
The Order is presented to both Italian expatriates and foreign nationals who have made an outstanding contribution to the Italian Republic after World War II. Other recipients of the Order include: Henry Cabot Lodge, American Ambassador to the UN; President John F. Kennedy, former President of the U.S.A; Russian composer Igor Stravinsky and Italo-American legend Frank Sinatra.