Order of Christian VII

The Order of Christian VII, also called "Tessera Concordiæ", was a Danish order of knighthood that flourished for some time during the 18th century. The Danes call it "Christian VIIs Orden" or "Ordenen Tessera Concordiæ".

Order of Christian VII
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Badge and sash of the order (obverse and reverse).
Awarded by Christian VII of Denmark
TypeChivalric order in one class
Established21 October 1774
MottoTessera Concordiæ
StatusDisestablished
GradesMember
DEN Order of Christian VII ribbon.svg
Order of Christian VII ribbon
Princess Louise Augusta of Denmark with the Order of Christian VII, painted by Jens Juel

After the banishment of the adulterous Queen Caroline Mathilde on 17 January 1772 the Royal Danish Court needed a new decoration to replace the Order of Mathilde. King Christian VII of Denmark founded this order on 21 October 1774 as a new decoration that was solely meant for the Danish Royal Family. It was awarded to gentlemen and ladies. The men wore the insignia detached from a ribbon on the left side of the breast. The ladies wore the same insignia on a bow of the same ribbon on their left shoulder.

Painter Jens Juel made a portrait of Danish princess Louise Augusta[1] in 1784, in which she wore the order of her presumed father Christian VII on a blue ribbon with three silver stripes, almost identical to the earlier Danish Ordre de l'Union Parfaite.

After the death of Queen-Dowager Juliana Maria in 1796 the order fell into disuse.

LiteratureEdit

  • H.F. Grandjean, "De Kongelige Danske Ridderordener" (1903)
  • Lars Stevnsborg, "Kongeriget Danmarks Ordener, Medaljer og Hæderstegn" (2005

External linksEdit

  1. ^ Louise Auguste of Denmark, Duchess of Augustenborg or Louise Augusta, (7 July 1771 – 13 January 1843)