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Order of Leopold
Order of Leopold

The Order of Leopold is the highest military order of Belgium and is named in honor of King Leopold I. The decoration was established in 1832 and is awarded for extreme bravery in combat or for meritorious service of immense benefit to the Belgian nation. Order of Leopold This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... Order of Leopold This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... An Order is a decoration, awarded by a government to an individual, usually for distinguished service to a nation or to humanity. ... A monarch is a type of ruler or head of state. ... Leopold I, first King of the Belgians, (December 16, 1790 - December 10, 1865), was born in Ehrenburg Castle in the Bavarian town of Coburg, and named Georg Christian Friedrich (Georges Chrétien Frédéric in French, George Christiaan Frederik in Dutch) He was the youngest son of Duke Francis Frederick of Saxe... 1832 was a leap year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ...


During the Second World War, the Order of Leopold was bestowed to the several officers of foreign militaries who had helped to liberate Belgium from the occupation of German forces. Famous recipients include George S. Patton, Bernard Montgomery, and Dwight Eisenhower. Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km into the air. ... General George Smith Patton Jr. ... Bernard Law Montgomery Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein (November 17, 1887 - March 24, 1976) was a British military officer during World War II often referred to as Monty. ... Dwight David Ike Eisenhower (October 14, 1890–March 28, 1969), American soldier and politician, was the 34th President of the United States (1953–1961) and supreme commander of the Allied forces in Europe during World War II, with the rank of General of the Army. ...


International Leaders to be awarded the medal.


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Classes

The Order of Leopold is issued in five classes:

  • Grand Cordon, who wears the badge on a collar (chain) or on a sash on the right shoulder, plus the star on the left chest;
  • Grand Officer, who wears only a star on the left chest;
  • Commander, who wears the badge on a necklet;
  • Officer, who wears the badge on a ribbon with rosette on the left chest;
  • Knight, who wears the badge on a ribbon on the left chest.

All five classes come in three divisions (civil, military, maritime). Rosettes are small, circular devices that are presented with a medal. ...


Insignia

The collar of the Order is in gold, with nine crowns, nine face-to-face monograms "LR" (for King Leopold I), and eighteen lions.


The badge of the Order is a white-enamelled Maltese Cross, in silver for the Knight class and in gold for the higher classes, with a green-enamelled wreath of laurel and oak leaves between the arms of the cross. The obverse central disc features a lion on a black enamel background; the reverse central disc has the face-to-face monogram "LR" (for King Leopold I); both discs are surrounded by a red enamel ring with the motto "Unity Is Strength" in French (L'union fait la force) and in Flemish (Eendracht maakt macht). The cross is topped by a crown, which might have crossed swords or anchors underneath it, depending on the division. Maltese Cross may refer to: The Maltese Cross, a symbol of the Christian warrior since the First Crusade. ... Some trees and shrubs in the laurel family Lauraceae are called Laurel: Bay laurel Laurus nobilis, the original true laurel that is the source of bay leaves used as a seasoning. ... Oakland International Airport is located in Oakland, California and serves the San Francisco Bay Area metro region. ... Binomial name Panthera leo (Linnaeus, 1758) The Lion (Panthera leo) is a mammal of the family Felidae. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... A sword (from Old English sweord; akin to Old High German swerd lit. ... The purpose of a ships or boats anchor is to attach the vessel to the ground at a specific point. ...


The star of the Order is an eight-pointed faceted silver star for the Grand Cordon class, and a silver faceted Maltese Cross with straight rays between the arms for the Grand Officer class. The central disc has a lion on a black enamel background, surrounded by a red enamel ring with the motto as on the badge. Golden crossed swords or anchors might be added behind the medallion, depending on division. Maltese Cross may refer to: The Maltese Cross, a symbol of the Christian warrior since the First Crusade. ...


The ribbon of the Order is plain purple.


See also


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Order of Léopold - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (576 words)
The Order of Léopold (Leopoldsorde in Dutch, Ordre de Léopold in French) is one of the three Belgian national honorary Orders.
The badge of the Order is a white-enamelled Maltese Cross, in silver for the Knight class and in gold for the higher classes, with a green-enamelled wreath of laurel and oak leaves between the arms of the cross.
The ribbon of the Order is plain purple.
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