Saxe-Ernestine House Order

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Saxe-Ernestine House Order
Sachsen-Ernestinischer Hausorden
Sachsen-Ernestinischer Hausorden.png
Grand Cross sash with badge
Awarded by Flagge Herzogtum Sachsen-Meiningen.svg Saxe-Meiningen Flag of Saxe-Altenburg (1893-1918).svg Saxe-Altenburg (extinct 1991)
Flagge Herzogtum Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha (1911-1920).svg Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Type Dynastic Order
RibbonPurple with narrow Green stripes on either side.
MottoFideliter Et Constanter
("Faithful and Steadfast")
StatusCurrently constituted
Sovereigns Konrad, Prince of Saxe-Meiningen
Andreas, Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
GradesGrand Cross
Grand Officer
Grand Commander
Next (higher)None
Next (lower)None
D-SAX Sachsen-Ernestinischer Hausorden BAR.svg
The ribbon of the order

The Saxe-Ernestine House Order (German : Sachsen-Ernestinischer Hausorden) [1] was an order of merit instituted by Duke Friedrich of Saxe-Altenburg, Duke Ernst I of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, and Duke Bernhard II of Saxe-Meiningen on 25 December 1833 as a joint award of the Saxon duchies. [2]

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At first, the Order consisted of five classes: Grand Cross, Commander's Cross with Star in First and Second Classes, and Knight's Cross in First and Second Classes. Awards were reserved for officers. [3]

In 1864, a silver-gilt medal was added but subsequently suppressed in 1918, at the end of World War I. [4] Gold and silver medals were also associated with the Order.

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  12. Almanach royal officiel: 1875
  13. Almanach royal officiel: 1875