Order of Albert the Bear
The House Order of Albert the Bear (German: Hausorden Albrechts des Bären or Der Herzoglich Anhaltische Hausorden Albrechts des Bären) was founded in 1836 as a joint House Order by three dukes of Anhalt from separate branches of the family: Henry, Duke of Anhalt-Köthen, Leopold IV, Duke of Anhalt-Dessau, and Alexander Karl, Duke of Anhalt-Bernburg.
|House Order of Albert the Bear|
Hausorden Albrechts des Bären
|Awarded by Anhalt|
|Established||18 November 1836|
Grand Cross 15
Commander Cross 1st Class 10
Commander Cross 2nd Class 20
Knight Cross 1st Class 60
Knight Cross 2nd Class 60
|Next (lower)||Order of Merit for Science and Art|
Ribbon of the order
This order originally had four grades. In 1854, Knight Second Class was added. In 1864, Leopold IV, who by virtue of the extinction of the other branches of the family had become the sole Duke of Anhalt, altered the statute to provide that the order could be granted with swords.
The order is still in existence as a House Order, with Eduard, Prince of Anhalt serving as the current Grand Master. Recent recipients include Infante Carlos, Duke of Calabria and Princess Khétévane Bagration de Moukhrani.
- Duchy of Anhalt: Order of Albert the Bear, Medals of the World, Megan C. Robertson, 25 September 2007
- The Anhalt House Order of Albrecht the Bear with Crown, Imperial German Orders, Medals & Decorations, Andreas M. Schulze Ising, date accessed 2011-04-14.