House Order of the Wendish Crown
The Grand Ducal House Order of the Wendish Crown is the most senior order of the
House of Mecklenburg. The order was jointly instituted on 12 May 1864 by Grand Duke
Friedrich Wilhelm of Mecklenburg-
As the Wendish Crown is a house order and as such attached to the grand ducal house
rather than the state, successive heads of the House’s of Mecklenburg-
Females are eligible to receive the first two classes of the order; males are eligible to receive any class. Under the original statue there were limits on the number of awards that could be given and who was eligible to receive certain classes.
The House Order of the Wendish Crown comes in four classes:
1a) Grand Cross with the Crown in Ore -
1b) Grand Cross with the Crown in Gold -
2) Grand Commander -
In addition to the above classes there was also:
The Cross of Merit which was available in a) gold and b) silver, and which could be given as a special honorary decoration.
The insignia of the order
The badge of the order is a white eight pointed Maltese cross with each of the four
angles possessing a golden griffin. The Grand Cross badge came with gold balls on
the points of the four angles. The roundel of the badge has a blue centre upon which
lays a gold Wendish Crown and a red outer layer which has the orders motto inscribed
upon it. Depending upon the awarding sovereign the motto will differ. For the Mecklenburg-
Holders of the class Grand Cross wear the badge hanging at the bottom of a 4 inch wide blue sash which passes from the right shoulder to the left hip. The bottom of the blue sash where the badge is located has inner yellow and outer red side stripes. Those with the Crown in Ore wear the badge on the chain if they have been awarded it. Holders of the class Grand Commander and Commander wear the badge on a 3 inch wide ribbon around the neck. Knights wear the badge on the left chest on a ribbon that is slightly narrower than that of the Grand Commander and Commander’s.
Female royals who receive the class Grand Cross with the Crown in Ore have the crown
and motto on their badge made of diamonds. They wear their badge on a bow on their
left shoulder, unless they have received the chain. Women can also receive the classes
Grand Cross with the Crown in Gold and Grand Commander in diamonds. Only women with
the Grand Cross with the Crown in Gold receive the bow. Although eligible in Mecklenburg-
The ribbon for the order is blue with inner yellow and outer red side stripes which are the three national colours of Mecklenburg. Holders of the cross of merit receive a red ribbon with blue inner and yellow outer stripes.
In addition to the badge those awarded the Grand Cross and Grand Commander also receive a star that is worn on the left chest. The holder of the class Grand Cross has an eight pointed silver star while the Grand Commander’s have a four pointed silver star. Both have a central roundel like the one found on the badge.
A chain could be awarded to those who hold the class Grand Cross with the Crown in Ore. It consists of four Wendish Crown’s, four monograms of the respective founder’s initials and a total of eight griffins, one either side of the Wendish Crown’s which the griffins are holding. Those who were awarded the chain would wear their badge at the front of the chain.
Heads of the order
Notable recipients of the Mecklenburg-