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  1. Freiherr - just a follow up to your post, Posted July 27, 2014 (6+ years after the conversation was over)... George V's star in the "East" position (using your reference points) was the Order of St Patrick ("KP"), the UK's highest Irish order, which ranked immediately below to the Order of the Thistle and ahead of the Order of the Bath.
  2. I agree with all that has been offered so far. I think an accepted practice at the time was to wear lower classes of an order that could fit neatly on a medal bar. George V was never "just" a companion of most of these orders, but by wearing the companion medal, he could show off the order and cut back on wearing a larger number of breast stars and have to choose between them. George V created the Order of the British Empire and was thus the order's first sovereign. He was never "just" an OBE. In fact, this continues today. Princes Andrew and Edward were both KCVO before GCVO,
  3. Can anyone tell me if there is an online resource (preferably open source) for the Handbuch über den Königlich Preußischen Hof und Staat für das Jahr 1914, and where to find it? One of my continued fascinations and curiosities with the European monarchies before the Great War is the proliferation of gifting orders, medals, and honorary military commissions to members of the royal house, extended family, and to foreign royals. This book is the one that would tie everything together (at least for those directly linked to the Prussians) immediately before the war. Always interested in Wil
  4. 922F is probably pretty close. Prince Charles Edward of Albany (Prince Leopold of the UK, 1st Duke of Albany's posthumous son & heir) was the COL-in-Chief of the Seaforth Highlanders like his father before him. He was, thus, a British prince and the 2nd Duke of Albany, long before he was ordered (by Queen Victoria) to take up the vacant post of (German) Duke of Saxe-Coburg & Gotha. All of the above posts seem to suggest this as a legitmate, if routine, medal swapping (for lack of a better label). "Carl Eduard", as he was known in Germany, ended up on the wrong side in the Great
  5. I'm not sure the Black Eagle Order statutes prescribed a military rank to accompany the knightly investment. There does seem to be a statute, however, that ensures investment of the Grand Cross of the Order of the Red Eagle and the Prussian Crown Order, First Class. I'm a novice at translating German, and may be missing something. So it is possible that this all-at-once, fistfull of top-grade knighthoods was reserved for Prussian princes. The photo settles none of this for me, but leaves an excellent question. Wittich advanced through the ranks and collected his own medals and orders a
  6. I don't seem to have access to the public records (Handbuch fur Hof und Stadt) for 1918, that would show whether or not Prinz Oskar held commission in Kürassier-Regiment Königin (Pommersches) Nr. 2. Yet, I have plenty of photographic evidence that seems to show him in that uniform - occassionally along with his brother the Kronprinz. Can anyone share his vitae?
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