Order of St. Prince Lazar

The Royal Order of Saint Prince Lazar (Serbian: Орден Светог кнеза Лазара/Orden Svetog kneza Lazara) is a chivalric order created by King Alexander I of Serbia to commemorate the five hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Kosovo that took place on the 28 June 1389. It must not be confused with the Order of Saint Lazarus. The order is named after Prince Lazar who commanded the Serbian armies in the battle. The Order is worn only by the King of Serbia / King of Yugoslavia and by his Crown Prince (when of majority).

Royal Order of Saint Prince Lazar
Order of Saint Prince Lazar.svg
Grand Collar Set of the Order
Awarded by Kingdom of Serbia / Kingdom of Yugoslavia
TypeDynastic Order
Established28 June 1889
Royal houseObrenović (until 1903)
Karađorđević (from 1903)
Awarded forMonarch and Heir apparent (only)
StatusLast appointment in 1941
Dormant order since 1945
SovereignCrown Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia
GradesKnight Grand Collar
Total inductees5 + 3
Next (lower)Order of Karađorđe's Star


The order of Saint Prince Lazar was instituted by the Decision of the Parliament, signed by the King Aleksandar I, to commemorate the fifth centenary of the Battle of Kosovo (28 June 1389), that ended in the collapse of the medieval Serbian state. Saint Prince Lazar, of the Hrebeljanović family, commanded the Serbian armies that were defeated by the Ottoman Sultan Murat I. The Sultan was assassinated by Serbian knight Miloš Obilić, while captured the Serbian Prince was beheaded by the victorious Turks. The cult of the Saint Prince was very strong among Serbs, and the event was reckoned to be the paramount one in the entire history of Serbs. The commemoration of the 500th Anniversary took form of the Anointment of the King, and the Collar of Saint Prince Lazar ordered to be made by Nicolaus und Dunker of Hannau (Germany). The Order is worn only by the King of Serbia and by his Crown Prince (when of majority). Since inception, the Order has been worn only by the following:


The Collar of the Order was allowed to be worn only by the ruler of Serbia (later Yugoslavia) and the heir to the throne:[1]

Name Date Awarded Notes
King Alexander I of Serbia 28 June 1889 First holder of Order after establishment
King Peter I of Serbia 15 June 1903 Second holder of Order from rival dynasty
Crown Prince George of Serbia 27 August 1905 Abdicated in 1909
King Alexander I of Yugoslavia 27 March 1909 Take over order after brother abdication
King Peter II of Yugoslavia 28 March 1941 Got order underage

Titular holder of the orderEdit

Name Date Awarded Notes
Crown Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia 17 July 1963 In exile
Hereditary Prince Peter of Yugoslavia 5 February 1998 In exile; abdicated in 2022
Hereditary Prince Philip of Yugoslavia 27 April 2022 Took the titular holding after brother abdication in 2022

Sign and a chain of the OrderEdit

Sign and a chain of the Order were made of gold and richly decorated with rubies, sapphires, emeralds, diamonds and pearls. Order for production was the German firm Nicolaus und Dunker. Sketches awards carried a professor of archeology Michael Valtrović.


  1. ^ REGISTER OF ORDERS OF CHIVALRY (PDF). International Commission for Orders of Chivalry. 28 February 2022. p. 36. Retrieved 26 May 2022.