Order o Leopold (Belgium)

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Order o Leopold
Ordre de Léopold
Leopoldsorde
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Order o Leopold
(civil Grand Cordon breast star)
Awairdit bi Belgium King of the Belgians
Teep Order of Merit with five degrees
Motto L'UNION FAIT LA FORCE -
EENDRACHT MAAKT MACHT
EINIGKEIT MACHT STARK
(Union makes strength)
(Unity Makes Strength)
Day Awarded on 8 Aprile (Birthday of Keeng Albert I) and 15 November (Keeng's Feast), and for obliging cases on 21 July (Belgian national holiday).
Eligibility Belgian an foreign citizens
Awairdit for meritorious service tae the Belgian state or society
Status Active
Grand Master His Majesty Keeng Philippe
Grades (w/ post-nominals)
  • Grand Cordon
  • Grand Officer (since 1838)
  • Commander
  • Officer
  • Knight (OL)
Stateestics
Established 11 Julie 1832
First induction French Sapper Valentin Ausseil
Precedence
Next (heicher) None (highest)
Next (lawer) Order o the African Star
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Ribbon (knicht)
Leopold I, first Keeng o the Belgians, Founder an First Grand Master of the Order.

The Order o Leopold (Dutch: Leopoldsorde, French: Ordre de Léopold, German: Leopoldsorden) is ane o the three current Belgian national honorar orders o knighthood. It is the auldest an heichest order o Belgium an is named in honour o its foonder; King Leopold I. It consists o a militar, a maritime an a civil division. The maritime division is anly awardit tae personnel o the merchant navy, an the militar division tae militar personnel. The decoration wis established on 11 Julie 1832 an is awardit bi Ryal order.