Category: Order of the Elephant

Categories: Orders, Decorations, and Medals of Denmark

The Order of the Elephant (Danish: Elefantordenen) is the highest order of Denmark. It has origins in the 15th century, but has officially existed since 1693, and since the establishment of constitutional monarchy in 1849, is now almost exclusively bestowed on royalty and heads of state.

The Danish monarch is the head of the order. The order is worn by members of the royal family, and may also be bestowed on foreign heads of state. In very exceptional circumstances the order may also be bestowed on a commoner. The most recent holder of the order who was neither a current or former head of state nor royal was Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller, a leading industrialist and philanthropist.

The order of the Elephant has one class: Knight of the Order of the Elephant (Ridder af Elefantordenen, usually abbreviated as R.E. in letters et cetera). Knights of the order are granted a place in the 1st Class of the Danish order of precedence, which gives the right to use the honorific style His/Her Excellency (HE).

Members and spouses of the Danish Royal Family receive the badge, star and collar of the order, as well as other Scandinavian heads of states and their spouses who are knights of the order; Other foreigners only receive the badge and star of the Order.

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