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Ducal Saxe-Ernestine House Order


Ducal Saxe-Ernestine House Order

Saxe-Ernestine House Order
Saksisch-Ernestinische Huisorde

Star and sash of the order
Awarded by Saxe-Coburg-Gotha Saxe-Meiningen Saxe-Altenburg
Type Knightly House Order
Status no longer awarded
Motto Fideliter Et Constanter
(Faithful and Steadfast)
Established 25 December 1833
Last awarded 1935 (in Saxe-Coburg-Gotha)[1]

The Saxe-Ernestine House Order (Sachsen-Ernestinischen Hausorden) was a German Ducal award, 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]


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.

There are mentions of awards of the Order to the Nazi hierarchy in the 1930s.

2006 Saxe-Coburg revival

In 2006 the head of the ducal family of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Prince Andreas, created the Ducal Saxe-Coburg and Gotha House Order. It is based on the old Ducal Saxe-Ernestine House Order.[1]


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