Order of Fidelity

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Order of Fidelity
Urdhëri i Besa
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Ribbon of the order
Awarded by Head of the House of Zogu
Type1926–1939 (State order)
1939–present (House order)
Established22 December 1926
Royal houseHouse of Zogu
Awarded forExtraordinary achievements in every field and especially for eminent services rendered to the State, the Sovereign and the Royal Family
SovereignCrown Prince Leka of Albania
GradesGrand Cross, Special Class
Grand Cross
Grand Officer
Commander
Officer
Knight/Dame
Precedence
Next (higher)Collar of honour of Albania
Next (lower)Order of Skanderbeg

The Order of Fidelity (Albanian: Urdhëri i Besa), also known as the Order of Besa, was established by Ahmet Zogu (later King Zog I) when he was President of Albania. Founded on 22 December 1926, it was initially awarded in four classes (1. Grand Cordon with star–Kordon i Madh me Yll, 2. Grand Officer–Oficer i Madh, 3. Commander–Komandar, and 4. Knight–Kalorës) and a medal. It was limited to six ordinary recipients of Albanian nationality, and not awardable to foreigners.

It was remodelled in 1932 and reduced to three classes: 1. Grand Cordon with star–Kordon i Madh me Yll, 2. Commander–Komandar, and 3. Knight–Kalorës. It remained limited to only six ordinary recipients of Albanian nationality, and not awardable to foreigners.

The order was retained under the Kingdom of Albania of King Vittorio Emanuele III until 1943, and by the House of Zogu as a dynastic order.

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