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I found this the other day and would like very much to know what rank and nationality the naval officer is. Any and all help would be appreciated. The photo studio reads "Ebner" and it has "La Haye" in the lower right with "reproductie" in smaller letters above. My guess is it was taken in France, but I am not sure.

Thank you in advance.

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la haye i think is what the french call the hague in the netherlands

there was a photographer who took a lot of military/royal photos called ebner in 1898

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Need close up to see sleeve and awards. Possible British.

I'll do my best to get a close up, but I know the medals are not British.

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This is a portrait of Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands and her husband Prince Heinrich von Mecklenburg. He held an honorary rank as Admiral of the Rear in the Royal Dutch Navy. He became a Rear-Admiral in 1901 and was promoted Vice-Admiral in 1904.

La Haye is the posh name for The Hague.

Dutch Naval officers' uniforms can be easily recognised by the branch badges on the collar (in gold: anchor for executive, crossed torch and arrows for engineers, aesculapis for medial; in silver: anchor for administrative, silver aesculapis for chemists).

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This is a portrait of Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands and her husband Prince Heinrich von Mecklenburg. He held an honorary rank as Admiral of the Rear in the Royal Dutch Navy. He became a Rear-Admiral in 1901 and was promoted Vice-Admiral in 1904.

La Haye is the posh name for The Hague.

Dutch Naval officers' uniforms can be easily recognised by the branch badges on the collar (in gold: anchor for executive, crossed torch and arrows for engineers, aesculapis for medial; in silver: anchor for administrative, silver aesculapis for chemists).

Thank you very much! This is wonderful information.

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Here are 2 photos of him at a later age, to give a better view of the uniform and his decorations.

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Thank you. I see that on the photos you've posted, he has three stars whereas on the earlier one he has two. He also has several more decorations and it's good to see them up close. Thank you again.

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Thank you. I see that on the photos you've posted, he has three stars whereas on the earlier one he has two. He also has several more decorations and it's good to see them up close. Thank you again.

As a Rear-Admiral he wore two silver stars, after promotion to Vice-Admiral he added a third star, thus the photo with Queen Wilhelmina dates between 1901 and 1904.

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As a Rear-Admiral he wore two silver stars, after promotion to Vice-Admiral he added a third star, thus the photo with Queen Wilhelmina dates between 1901 and 1904.

Thank you again Odulf. I'll write this info very very lightly on the back of the CDV in pencil.

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It's interesting that he has so many "red cross" medals. I believe the last one is the British League of Mercy so his medal bar appears to be very international. I assume he did a lot for charity etc. as the royals do now.

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Indeed, he was the president of the Dutch Red Cross and had many high decorations of international Red Cross societies.

Below an outline of his orders and decorations (in Dutch) in 1933, shortly before he died, and don't forget that he was also a Duke of Mecklenburg...

Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw Grootkruis

Orde van Oranje Nassau Grootkruis

Huisorde van Oranje Grootkruis

Ereteken voor langd. Ned. Dienst als off. XXV

Nederlandse Rode Kruis Medaille

Nederlandse Rode Kruis Kruis van Verdienste

De Ruijter-medaille in goud

Watersnoodmedaille in zilver

Mecklenburg: Huisorde van de Wendische Kroon met keten

Mecklenburg: Orde van de Griffioen

Pruisen: Orde van de Zwarte Adelaar met de keten

Pruisen: Orde van de Rode Adelaar Grootkruis

Oldenburg: Huisorde van Hertog Peter Frederik Lodewijk Grootkruis met kroon en keten

Saksen Weimar Eisenach: Orde van de Witte Valk Grootkruis

Saksen: Orde van de Ruitenkroon Ridder

Bulgarije: Orde van St. Alexander Grootkruis

Turkije: Orde van Osmanië Grootkruis

Siam: Orde van de Witte Olifant Grootkruis

België: Leopoldsorde Grootkruis

Luxemburg: Huisorde van de Gouden Leeuw van Nassau Ridder

Roemenië: Orde van de Ster Grootkruis

Württemberg: Orde van de Kroon Grootkruis

Zweden: Seraphynen Orde Ridder

Portugal: Orde van de Toren en het Zwaard Grootkruis

Siam: Orde van Maha-Chakkri Ridder 1e klasse met keten

Japan: Chrysantemum-orde Bezitter

Perzië: Timsah-Homayoeni (portret van de Sjah) Bezitter 1e klasse met briljanten

Orde van St. Jan Commendator

Gr.-Brittannië: Bath-orde Grootkruis met keten

Souvereine Orde van Malta Grootkruis

Frankrijk: Legioen van Eer Grootkruis

Denemarken: Olifants-Orde Grootkruis

Noorwegen: St. Olafsorde Grootkruis met keten

Waldeck: Erekruis 1e klasse

Saksische Hertogdommen: Ernestinische Huisorde Grootkruis

Beieren: St. Hubertusorde Grootkruis

Baden: Orde van Getrouwheid Grootkruis

Lippe-Detmold en Lippe-schaumburg: Erekruis 1e klasse

Hessen: Ludwigs-orde Grootkruis

Brunswijk: Orde van Hendrik de Leeuw Grootkruis

Reuss: Erekruis

Hongarije: St. Stephanus-orde Grootkruis

Rusland: St. Anderas-orde Grootkruis

Oostenrijk: Rode Kruis Grootkruis

Rusland: Rode Kruis Grootkruis

Duitsland: Rode Kruis Onderscheiding 1e klasse

Italië: Rode Kruis Gouden Medaille

Servië: Rode Kruis Kruis van Verdienste

Spanje: Rode Kruis Grootkruis

Portugal: Rode Kruis Grootkruis

Cuba: Rode Kruis Grootkruis

Italië: Rode Kruis Grootkruis

Gr. Brittannië: “Royal Humane Society” Gouden medaille

Pruissen: Reddingsmedaille

Mecklenburg-Schwerin: Reddingsmedaille

Venezuela: Medaille van Openbaar Onderwijs

Polen: Orde van de Witte Adelaar Grootkruis

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