Order of the Rue Crown, Cross (in gold)
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The Order was established by the first King of Saxony, Friedrich August I, under the direction of Napoleon, who was responsible for raising Saxony to a kingdom.
The Order was established as the civil counterpart to the Military Order of St. Henry.
Originally, the Order had a limited membership of 24 knights, but exceptions were made to include members of royalty and prestigious individuals.
The Order was only issued in one grade, Knight.
Two Knight Crosses were awarded with diamonds, one to Portuguese Prime Minister Dom Nuno José de Moura Barreto, Duke of Loulé and one to Chancellor Otto von Bismarck.
From its establishment in 1807 until the fall of the German Empire in 1928, the Cross was only awarded 332 times.
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