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Orders, Medals and Decorations of His Royal Highness Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, Prince of Lippe-Biesterfeld.

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Below is the large list of decorations from HRH Prince Bernhard. Prince Bernhard is the son of Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld, (younger brother of the reigning Prince of Lippe) and Baroness Armgard of Sierstorpff-Cramm.

I would like to now if he received Imperial decorations in his time as member of the ruling family of the principality Lippe and after the first world war ( when the family lost Lippe to Poland ) as a well known person in the large aristocratic society of Germany?

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Some of his decorations

Dutch

Commander in the Military Order of William

Grand cross in the Order of the Dutch Lion

Grand master of the Order of the Golden Ark

Knight in the Order of the Golden Lion of Nassau

Grand cross in the House order of Oranje

Knight in the House order of Lippe

knights of Justice from the Johanitter Order in the Netherlands

Flying Cross

War Commemorative Cross with the bars war on land 1940-1945 and Normandy 1944

Resistance Cross

Officers' Cross for 35 years of service

Marriage medal 1937

Inauguration medal 1948

Silver Wedding Medal 1962

Marriage medal 1966

Inauguration medal 1980

Cross of Merit from the Dutch Red Cross

Gold medal of the Royal Netherlands Air Force Society

Medal of Special Merit of the Royal Netherlands Air Force Society

Cross of the Royal Netherlands Officers' Reserve Association

Silver Carnation

Foreign

Commander in the Legion of Merit from the United States of America

Grand cross in the Order of Merit of Argentina

Grand cross in the Order of the Liberator San Martin of Argentina

Grand cross in the Leopoldsorde with the swords of Belgium

Grand cross in the National Order of the Southern Cross of Brazil

Grand cross in the Order of Aeronautical Merit of Brazil

Grand cross in the Order of Naval Merit of Brazil

Chain of the Order of Merit from Chile

Grand cross in the Order of the Clouds of China

Grand cross in the Order of Boyaca from Colombia

Grand cross in the Order of Saint Carlo from Colombia

Grand cross in the Order of Merit of Germany

Knight in the Order of the Elephant from Denmark

Grand cross in the Order of Merit Juan Pablo Duarte of the Dominican Republic

Grand cross in the Order of Merit of Ecuador

Collar of the Order of the Queen of Sheba of Ethiopia

Grand cross in the Order of Solomon's Seal of Ethiopia

Grand cross in the Order of the White Rose of Finland

Grand cross in the Order of the Legion of Honour of France

Commander in the Order of the Academic Palms of France

Grand cross in the Order of the Redeemer of Greece

Grand cross in the Order of Victoria from the United Kingdom

Grand cross in the Most Honorable Order of the Bath ( civil ) from the United Kingdom

Honorary Knight Grand Cross of the Military Division of the Order of the British Empire

Honorary Bailiff Grand cross of the Knight Order of het hospital of St. John from Jerusalem of the United Kingdom

Grand cross in the Order of Mahaputera from Indonesia

Grand cross in the Order of Pahlavi from Iran

Grand cross in the Order of Merit of the Republic from Italy

Grand cross in the National Order of the Ivory Coast

Grand cross in the Order of the Star of Joegoslavia

Grand cross in the Order of the Star of Karageorge of southern Slavi?

Grand cross in the bravery order of Cameroon

Grand sash in the Order of the Star of Africa from Liberia

Grand sash in the Order of the Pioneers from Liberia

Grand cross in the Order of the Oak Crown of Luxembourg

Honorary Bailiff Grand cross in the Sovereign en Military Order of Malta

Grand Chain of the Order of the Aztec Eagle of Mexico

Grand cross in the Order of Ojaswi Rajanya of Nepal

Grand cross with silver star in the Order of Ruben Dario of Nicaragua

Grand cross in the Order of Saint Olaf of Norway

Grand cross from the Decoration of Honor for Merit from Austria

Chain of the National Order of Merit of Paraquay

Grand cross in the Order of the Son of Peru

Grand cross in the Order of the 23th august of Roemenia

Grand cross in the National Order of the Lion of Senegal

Grand cross in the Order of Karel III of Spain

Grand sash in the Order of the Yellow Star of Suriname

Knight in the House order of Chakry of Thailand

Grand cross in the Order of Independence from Tunesia

Chain of the Order of the Liberator of Venezuela

Knight in the Seraphimorder of Sweden

Croix the Guerre 1940 avec Palm from Belgium

Bronze Star of the United States of America

Croix the Guerre 1939-1945 avec Palm from France

War Cross 1939 of Czechoslovakia

War Cross 1939-1945, 1942 from Greece

Croix the Guerre 1940-1945 avec Palm from Luxembourg

Defense Medal from the United Kingdom

France and Germany Star the United Kingdom

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I would like to now if he received Imperial decorations in his time as member of the ruling family of the principality Lippe and after the first world war ( when the family lost Lippe to Poland ) as a well known person in the large aristocratic society of Germany?

I would doubt it. He was too young (born 1911) and not a direct member of the Lippe house to have been given any Lippe awards as a child before the war).

His father-in-law, however, did. Prince Hendrik of the Netherlands, husband of Queen Wilhelmina, was born Heinrich Wladimir Albrecht Ernst, Herzog zu Mecklenburg-Schwerin. He was ? la suite to the 1. Gro?herzoglich Mecklenburgisches F?silier-Regiment Kaiser Wilhelm Nr. 90 and to the Garde-J?ger-Bataillon. He held the Prussian Order of the Black Eagle with Chain, the Johanniter Order (Military Order of St. John) and the long service cross.

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I would doubt it. He was too young (born 1911) and not a direct member of the Lippe house to have been given any Lippe awards as a child before the war).

His father-in-law, however, did. Prince Hendrik of the Netherlands, husband of Queen Wilhelmina, was born Heinrich Wladimir Albrecht Ernst, Herzog zu Mecklenburg-Schwerin. He was ? la suite to the 1. Gro?herzoglich Mecklenburgisches F?silier-Regiment Kaiser Wilhelm Nr. 90 and to the Garde-J?ger-Bataillon. He held the Prussian Order of the Black Eagle with Chain, the Johanniter Order (Military Order of St. John) and the long service cross.

Thanks for your answer !

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Orders, Medals and Decorations of His Royal Highness Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, Prince of Lippe-Biesterfeld.

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Below is the large list of decorations from HRH Prince Bernhard. Prince Bernhard is the son of Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld, (younger brother of the reigning Prince of Lippe) and Baroness Armgard of Sierstorpff-Cramm.

I would like to now if he received Imperial decorations in his time as member of the ruling family of the principality Lippe and after the first world war ( when the family lost Lippe to Poland ) as a well known person in the large aristocratic society of Germany?

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Some of his decorations

Dutch

Commander in the Military Order of William

Grand cross in the Order of the Dutch Lion

Grand master of the Order of the Golden Ark

Knight in the Order of the Golden Lion of Nassau

Grand cross in the House order of Oranje

Knight in the House order of Lippe

knights of Justice from the Johanitter Order in the Netherlands

Flying Cross

War Commemorative Cross with the bars war on land 1940-1945 and Normandy 1944

Resistance Cross

Officers' Cross for 35 years of service

Marriage medal 1937

Inauguration medal 1948

Silver Wedding Medal 1962

Marriage medal 1966

Inauguration medal 1980

Cross of Merit from the Dutch Red Cross

Gold medal of the Royal Netherlands Air Force Society

Medal of Special Merit of the Royal Netherlands Air Force Society

Cross of the Royal Netherlands Officers' Reserve Association

Silver Carnation

Foreign

Commander in the Legion of Merit from the United States of America

Grand cross in the Order of Merit of Argentina

Grand cross in the Order of the Liberator San Martin of Argentina

Grand cross in the Leopoldsorde with the swords of Belgium

Grand cross in the National Order of the Southern Cross of Brazil

Grand cross in the Order of Aeronautical Merit of Brazil

Grand cross in the Order of Naval Merit of Brazil

Chain of the Order of Merit from Chile

Grand cross in the Order of the Clouds of China

Grand cross in the Order of Boyaca from Colombia

Grand cross in the Order of Saint Carlo from Colombia

Grand cross in the Order of Merit of Germany

Knight in the Order of the Elephant from Denmark

Grand cross in the Order of Merit Juan Pablo Duarte of the Dominican Republic

Grand cross in the Order of Merit of Ecuador

Collar of the Order of the Queen of Sheba of Ethiopia

Grand cross in the Order of Solomon's Seal of Ethiopia

Grand cross in the Order of the White Rose of Finland

Grand cross in the Order of the Legion of Honour of France

Commander in the Order of the Academic Palms of France

Grand cross in the Order of the Redeemer of Greece

Grand cross in the Order of Victoria from the United Kingdom

Grand cross in the Most Honorable Order of the Bath ( civil ) from the United Kingdom

Honorary Knight Grand Cross of the Military Division of the Order of the British Empire

Honorary Bailiff Grand cross of the Knight Order of het hospital of St. John from Jerusalem of the United Kingdom

Grand cross in the Order of Mahaputera from Indonesia

Grand cross in the Order of Pahlavi from Iran

Grand cross in the Order of Merit of the Republic from Italy

Grand cross in the National Order of the Ivory Coast

Grand cross in the Order of the Star of Joegoslavia

Grand cross in the Order of the Star of Karageorge of southern Slavi?

Grand cross in the bravery order of Cameroon

Grand sash in the Order of the Star of Africa from Liberia

Grand sash in the Order of the Pioneers from Liberia

Grand cross in the Order of the Oak Crown of Luxembourg

Honorary Bailiff Grand cross in the Sovereign en Military Order of Malta

Grand Chain of the Order of the Aztec Eagle of Mexico

Grand cross in the Order of Ojaswi Rajanya of Nepal

Grand cross with silver star in the Order of Ruben Dario of Nicaragua

Grand cross in the Order of Saint Olaf of Norway

Grand cross from the Decoration of Honor for Merit from Austria

Chain of the National Order of Merit of Paraquay

Grand cross in the Order of the Son of Peru

Grand cross in the Order of the 23th august of Roemenia

Grand cross in the National Order of the Lion of Senegal

Grand cross in the Order of Karel III of Spain

Grand sash in the Order of the Yellow Star of Suriname

Knight in the House order of Chakry of Thailand

Grand cross in the Order of Independence from Tunesia

Chain of the Order of the Liberator of Venezuela

Knight in the Seraphimorder of Sweden

Croix the Guerre 1940 avec Palm from Belgium

Bronze Star of the United States of America

Croix the Guerre 1939-1945 avec Palm from France

War Cross 1939 of Czechoslovakia

War Cross 1939-1945, 1942 from Greece

Croix the Guerre 1940-1945 avec Palm from Luxembourg

Defense Medal from the United Kingdom

France and Germany Star the United Kingdom

Nice set of awards... any one of us would have gotten them as well if we would be married to the Dutch royal family. THe question is, what did Bernhard do to EARN these awards? Besides:

- driving around France in his jeep with body guards?

- collecting money under the table from Lockheed

- etc.

As you can guess, I am - although Dutch - not a monarchist.

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Bob,

While it is true that he, like most royals and most politicians around the world, was awarded many orders by virtue of his birth and position, he did actually earn several of them. To quote from the Wikipedia article about him:

"During the German Invasion, the Prince, carrying a machine gun, organised the palace guards into a combat group and shot at German planes....In 1940 flight Lieutenant Murray Payne instructed the prince to fly a Spitfire. The prince made 1000 flight-hours in a spitfire with the British 322 squadron wrecking two planes during landings. As "Wing Commander Gibbs ( RAF )" Prince Bernhard flew over occupied Europe in a B-24 bomber attacking V-1 launch pads, he was in a B-25 Mitchell bomber bombing Pisa, over the Atlantic ocean bombing a submarine and in an L-5 reconnaissance plane over occupied Europe. Prince Bernhard was awarded the Dutch Flying Cross for his "ability and perseverance" (Dutch: "bekwaamheid en volharding")......From 1942 to 1944 Bernhard flew as a pilot with the Royal Air Force. He also helped organise the Dutch resistance movement and acted as personal secretary for Queen Wilhelmina."

I think it took some guts to fly sorties into enemy territory that once used to be his homeland, at the risk of crash landing and being captured...One can only imagine what his fate would have been compared to any other pilot captured by the Germans. They considered him a traitor. He could have stayed quietly behind in England and ridden out the war but he chose to fight instead (and against the wishes of his mother-in-law Wilhelmina).

So don't judge him as a royal waistrel so quickly...

Nice set of awards... any one of us would have gotten them as well if we would be married to the Dutch royal family. THe question is, what did Bernhard do to EARN these awards? Besides:

- driving around France in his jeep with body guards?

- collecting money under the table from Lockheed

- etc.

As you can guess, I am - although Dutch - not a monarchist.

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Also, as a royalty he was kinda personalising the dutch state, many states wanted to thank each other for their efforts,

It is not possible to thank each member of a foreign army, thus decorating the prince for "general merit" is meant to decorate the dutch state.

Kinda weird story from me, but I hope the meaning is coming straight ;)

He was decorated for the merit of all dutchies

kind regards,

Jacky

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Hi, does anyone know when the French Legion of Honour was awarded, and does anyone have a photo of his medal group? Mark

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They considered him a traitor. He could have stayed quietly behind in England and ridden out the war but he chose to fight instead (and against the wishes of his mother-in-law Wilhelmina).

Then you are also aware that his pre-Dutch background in Germany is not exactly spotless? I agree, he could have stayed behind but chose to flee the Netherlands instead. A convenience many others did not have.

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Then you are also aware that his pre-Dutch background in Germany is not exactly spotless? I agree, he could have stayed behind but chose to flee the Netherlands instead. A convenience many others did not have.

He was part of the reiter SS for a year. Thats all. During the war Hitler proclaimed he was a traitor and enemy of Germany. He wanted to fight in the Netherlands but was not allowed.

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I liked this little segment from the Wikipedia article....

"The SS Cavalry Corps (German: Reiter-SS) comprised several Reiterstandarten and Reiterabschnitte that were equestrian riding groups founded to attract the German upper class and nobility into the SS. In the 1930s, the SS Cavalry Corps was considered as a starting point for a military branch of the SS, but this idea was phased out with the rise of the SS-Verf?gungstruppe, which would later become known as the Waffen-SS. By 1941, the SS-Cavalry Corps was little more than a social club with most of the serious cavalry officers having transferred to combat units in the Waffen-SS."

JC

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He was part of the reiter SS for a year. Thats all.

NSDAP? SA? SS?

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On 14/09/2006 at 19:12, Herr General said:

Knight in the House order of Lippe

Knight-commander, as shown in these pictures.

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