Military Order of St. Henry, Type II, Grand Cross
Image courtesy of „Handbuch der Ritter- und Verdienstorden aller Kulturstaaten der Welt", Maximillian Gritzner
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This Order was first instituted by King Augustus II of Poland, Elector of Saxony, on his 40th birthday. The original title of the Order was the "Knightly Military Order of St. Henry".
The Order was awarded to the Crown Prince and several Generals in recognition of military and wartime merit.
On September 4, 1768 the Order was renewed and redesigned by Prince Xavier.
The Prince expanded the Order to include into three main grades, Grand Cross with Grand Cross Breast Star, Commander Cross, and Knight Cross, and one small cross for Officials of the Order. The Order continued to be awarded in recognition of military merit.
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