Saxe-Ernestine House Order

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Saxe-Ernestine House Order
Saksisch-Ernestinische Huisorde
Sachsen-Ernestinischer Hausorden.png
Grand Cross Sash with badge.
Awarded by The Heads of the:
Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach House of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
Saxe-Coburg and Gotha House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Saxe-Meiningen House of Saxe-Meiningen
Type Dynastic Order
Ribbon Purple with narrow Green stripes on either side.
Motto Fideliter Et Constanter
("Faithful and Steadfast")
Status Currently constituted
Sovereigns Prince Michael, Hereditary Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
Prince Andreas, Hereditary Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Prince Konrad, Hereditary Duke of Saxe-Meiningen
Grades (w/ post-nominals) Grand Cross
Grand Officer
Grand Commander
Established 25 December 1833
1833–1918 (National State Order)
1918 - present (House Order)
Next (higher) Order of the White Falcon
Next (lower) None
D-SAX Sachsen-Ernestinischer Hausorden BAR.svg
The ribbon of the order

The Saxe-Ernestine House Order (Sachsen-Ernestinischen Hausorden)[1] 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[citation needed].

2006 Saxe-Coburg revival[edit]

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]


  1. ^ a b Hausorden. Herzogliche Haus Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha
  2. ^ "Star of the Saxe-Ernestine Order". Royal Collection. 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "Ducal Saxe-Ernestine House Order". The Aerodrome. 1997. Retrieved 11 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "Ducal Saxe-Ernestine House Order". Retrieved 11 June 2010.