A report on Order of Leopold (Belgium)

Order of Leopold (Civil Grand Cordon set of insignia)
Leopold I, first King of the Belgians, Founder and First Grand Master of the Order.
Uniform of HM Albert I, Royal Collection of Belgium
Count Paul de Smet de Naeyer, Grand Cordon
King Albert II in 2005
Cartoon depicting king Leopold II of the Belgians who is throwing medals to crowd
1/ Grand Cordon Star - civil and military divisions (left), Grand Cordon sash (middle), Grand Officer plaques - civil and maritime divisions (right). Bottom part: Commander's Cross (civil division), officer's cross (military division), officer's cross (civil division), officer's cross (maritime division), knight's cross (military division) (courtesy Société de l'Ordre de Léopold)
Order of Leopold Grand Cordon in case, from the reign of Albert I.
Grand Cordon badge (obverse).
Grand Cordon set of insignia.
Grand Cordon badge (reverse).
Grand Cordon breast star.
Knights class (Chevalier).
Knights class with swords (Chevalier Militaire).
Officer class with swords (Officier Militaire).
Officer class (Officier).
Commander class with swords (Commandeur Militaire).
Grand Cordon breast star from the reign of Albert I.
Grand Cordon badge in gold, 1930.
Collar of the Order, heraldic depiction.
Grand Cordon sash and badge, with swords.
Grand Cordon breast star, with swords.

One of the three current Belgian national honorary orders of knighthood.

- Order of Leopold (Belgium)
Order of Leopold (Civil Grand Cordon set of insignia)

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Top left and center: Grand Cross' plaque and sash, top right: Grand Officer's plaque, bottom, from left to right: Commander's cross, Officer's cross, Knight's cross, Gold Medal, Silver Medal, Bronze Medal (courtesy Société de l'Ordre de Léopold)

Order of Leopold II

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Order of Belgium and is named in honor of King Leopold II.

Order of Belgium and is named in honor of King Leopold II.

Top left and center: Grand Cross' plaque and sash, top right: Grand Officer's plaque, bottom, from left to right: Commander's cross, Officer's cross, Knight's cross, Gold Medal, Silver Medal, Bronze Medal (courtesy Société de l'Ordre de Léopold)

The order has become a long service order for people in the civil service and is awarded alternatively with the Order of the Crown, as the Order of Leopold is awarded under rarer circumstances.

Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown

Order of the Crown (Belgium)

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National order of the Kingdom of Belgium.

National order of the Kingdom of Belgium.

Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown
Grand Cross breast star.
Top left: Grand Cross' star, middle left: Grand Officer plaque, top center: Grand Cross' sash, top right: Commander's cross, bottom, from left to right: Officer's cross, Knight's cross, Gold Palms, Silver Palms, Gold Medal, Silver Medal, Bronze Medal (courtesy Société de l'Ordre de Léopold)
Grand Cross badge.
Grand Cross set of insignia.
Grand Cross in case.
Grand Cross set.
Grand Cross star.
Knights Class with swords.
Officer Class.
Commander Class.
Knights Class (obverse)
Knights Class (reverse)

In 1908, the Order of the Crown was made a national honour of Belgium, junior to the Order of Leopold.

Official photograph, c. 1898

Pope Leo XIII

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The head of the Catholic Church from 20 February 1878 to his death in 1903.

The head of the Catholic Church from 20 February 1878 to his death in 1903.

Official photograph, c. 1898
The house in Carpineto Romano in which the Pecci brothers grew up
Archbishop Pecci as Nuncio in Brussels
Archbishop Pecci enters Perugia in 1846.
Archbishop Pecci aids the poor in Perugia.
Depiction of Leo XIII's papal coronation – image c. 1900
Pope Leo XIII and his inner court at the Vatican, photographed by Jules David in June 1878
Photogram of the 1896 film Sua Santitá papa Leone XIII, the first time a Pope appeared on film
Official portrait of Leo XIII taken in April 1878
Silver medal celebrating Pope Leo XIII's 1891 inauguration of the new observatory
In 1889, Pope Leo XIII authorized the founding of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and granted it Papal degrees in theology.
Giuseppe Pecci in 1887. At the urgent requests of the College of Cardinals, Leo XIII in 1879 elevated his brother, Giuseppe Pecci, a Jesuit and prominent Thomist theologian, into their ranks.
The Blessed Sister Mary of the Divine Heart was a religious sister from the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd who requested Pope Leo XIII to consecrate the entire world to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
John Henry Newman was raised into the College of Cardinals by Pope Leo XIII.
Charles M. Johnson, Pope Leo XIII, 1899, National Gallery of Art
Portrait by Philip de László, 1900
In 1901, Pope Leo XIII welcomed Eugenio Pacelli, later Pope Pius XII, on his first day of 57 years of service in the Vatican (1901–1958).
Pope Leo XIII in 1887

At the end of his mission, the King granted him the Grand Cordon in the Order of Leopold.

Médaille de la Résistance with a large rosette attached to the medal's suspension ribbon. Smaller rosettes are usually worn separately.

Rosette (decoration)

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Small, circular device that is typically presented with a medal.

Small, circular device that is typically presented with a medal.

Médaille de la Résistance with a large rosette attached to the medal's suspension ribbon. Smaller rosettes are usually worn separately.
Medal of Honor rosette
Légion d'honneur rosette
Silver rosette

A rosette adorns the ribbon of all national Orders of Merit (namely the Order of Leopold, the Order of the Crown, the Order of Leopold II, and the dormant Order of the African Star and Royal Order of the Lion) at the rank of Officer.

Fernand Khnopff

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Belgian symbolist painter.

Belgian symbolist painter.

"Portrait of Marguerite Khnopff" (1887), by Fernand Khnopff
"The Garden" (1886)
Fernand Khnopff – Incense
The abandoned city, a symbolist drawing by Fernand Khnopff, was inspired by the landscape of Woensdagmarkt square in Bruges.
Listening to Schumann, 1883.
Futur or A young English woman (1898)
Silence, 1890
Memories or Lawn Tennis, 1889.
Caress of the Sphinx, 1896

Acknowledged and accepted, he received the Order of Leopold.

The cardinal pictured in 1913.

Vincenzo Vannutelli

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Italian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church.

Italian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church.

The cardinal pictured in 1913.

1878: Grand Cordon in the Order of Leopold

Order (distinction)

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Visible honour awarded by a sovereign state, monarch, dynastic house or organisation to a person, typically in recognition of individual merit, that often comes with distinctive insignia such as collars, medals, badges, and sashes worn by recipients.

Visible honour awarded by a sovereign state, monarch, dynastic house or organisation to a person, typically in recognition of individual merit, that often comes with distinctive insignia such as collars, medals, badges, and sashes worn by recipients.

The French Legion of Honour served as the model for numerous modern orders of merit in the Western world, such as the Order of Leopold in Belgium (1832) and the Order of the British Empire in the United Kingdom (1917).

Cross of the Order of St. John

Maltese cross

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Cross symbol, consisting of four "V" or arrowhead shaped concave quadrilaterals converging at a central vertex at right angles, two tips pointing outward symmetrically.

Cross symbol, consisting of four "V" or arrowhead shaped concave quadrilaterals converging at a central vertex at right angles, two tips pointing outward symmetrically.

Cross of the Order of St. John
Cross of the Order of Saint Lazarus
Grand Master Pierre d'Aubusson with senior knights, wearing the "Rhodian cross" on their habits. Dedicatory miniature in Gestorum Rhodie obsidionis commentarii (account of the Siege of Rhodes of 1480), BNF Lat 6067 fol. 3v, dated 1483/4.
Johann Loesel, grand prior of the langue of Germany, shown with the eight-pointed cross on a flag and his habit in his role as mediator in the Old Zürich War in February 1446 (illustration of Gerold Edlibach's chronicle, c. 1500)
Emblem of the Military Order of Malta on the façade of San Giovannino dei Cavalieri, Florence (1699).
Fresco on the ceiling of the main corridor in the Grandmaster's Palace in Valletta (Nicolau Nasoni 1724)
Maltese civil ensign
Cross of the Order of Saint Stephen, founded in 1561
Tilted Maltese cross of the Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus, founded in 1572 as an amalgamation and successor of the Order of Saint Lazarus with the Order of Saint Maurice, founded in 1434.
Pour le Mérite
Flag of the city of Amalfi.
Naval Jack of Italy
USVA headstone emblem 64
The badge of the British Army's Bermuda Regiment combines the eight-pointed cross of rifle regiments with elements from that of the Royal Artillery.
Coat of arms of Saint John, Jersey
Standard form of the cross pattée
Firefighter's Cross, often mistaken for a Maltese cross
Early form of the eight-pointed cross (cross fourchée), seal of the provost of St John's church, Stockholm, dated 1526.
Insignia of the Knights Hospitaller
Portrait of Archduke Wenceslaus of Austria wearing the habit of the Order of Malta (Alonso Sánchez Coello 1577)
Ornamental Maltese cross on the ceiling of St. John's Co-Cathedral, Valletta, Malta (Mattia Preti, 1660s).
Portrait of Grand Master Gregorio Carafa (1680s)
Maltese grano (1726)
Maltese grano (1734)

In Belgium, the eight-pointed cross is the basis of two of the country's royal orders of merit, the Order of Leopold and the Order of Leopold II.

The quadriga on the arch at the Cinquantenaire, with Jules Lagae, 1904–1905

Thomas Vinçotte

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Belgian sculptor and medallist.

Belgian sculptor and medallist.

The quadriga on the arch at the Cinquantenaire, with Jules Lagae, 1904–1905
Monument to the Belgian Pioneers in Congo, at the Parc du Cinquantenaire, Brussel, 1921
Fame with chariot, atop the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp
The quadriga (or Brabant Raising the National Flag) at the Parc du Cinquantenaire/Jubelpark, Brussels, with Jules Lagae, 1904–1905
Le dompteur de chevaux, Avenue Louise/Louizalaan, Brussels, 1885
Monument to François-Anneessens, Place Anneessens/Anneessensplein, Brussels, 1889
Equestrian statue of King Leopold II, Place du Trône/Troonplein, Brussels, 1926

1881: Knight in the Order of Leopold.

Stanley, with pith helmet, in 1872.

Henry Morton Stanley

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Welsh-American explorer, journalist, soldier, colonial administrator, author and politician who was famous for his exploration of Central Africa and his search for missionary and explorer David Livingstone, whom he later claimed to have greeted with the now-famous line: "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?".

Welsh-American explorer, journalist, soldier, colonial administrator, author and politician who was famous for his exploration of Central Africa and his search for missionary and explorer David Livingstone, whom he later claimed to have greeted with the now-famous line: "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?".

Stanley, with pith helmet, in 1872.
Portrait of a young Henry Morton Stanley c.1870s
Stanley's graffito at Persepolis, Iran
"Dr. Livingstone, I presume?", an illustration from Stanley's 1872 book How I Found Livingstone
1872 Carte de visite – Stanley and Kalulu.
Henry M Stanley with the officers of the Advance Column, Cairo, 1890. From the left: Dr. Thomas Heazle Parke, Robert H. Nelson, Henry M. Stanley, William G. Stairs, and Arthur J. M. Jephson
Henry M. Stanley in 1884
Henry Morton Stanley, 1890
Studio Portrait of Henry Morton Stanley, ca. 1890, published by L Herbst, Sydney
Henry Stanley and party standing on the back of an observation car at Monterey, California, 19 March 1891
Comparison of Africa in the years 1880 and 1913
Henry Morton Stanley's grave in Pirbright, Surrey
Memorial to H. M. Stanley in St Asaph
Henry M. Stanley in 1884

In 1890, he was given the Grand Cordon of the Order of Leopold by King Leopold II.