Ordre de l'Harmonie

L'Ordre de l'Harmonie (French: "The Order of Unity"), also called Solfjädersorden (Swedish: "The Order of the Hand fan"), was a Swedish royal dynastic order, founded by Queen Louisa Ulrika of Sweden in 1744. It was awarded to 22 people between 1744 and 1746.

Order of Unity
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Badge and sash of the order.
Awarded by Louisa Ulrika of Sweden
TypeChivalric order in one class
EstablishedAugust 30, 1744
MottoLa liaison fait ma valeur
La division ma perd
StatusDisestablished
GradesMember
Statistics
Total inductees22
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Order of Unity ribbon

HistoryEdit

On 29 August 1744, the day before the wedding between Louisa Ulrika of Prussia and Adolf Frederick, King of Sweden, the royal company traveled by boat to the wedding on the Drottningholm Palace. On this occasion, Louisa Ulrika accidentally broke her hand fan. Adolf Frederick collected the pieces of her broken hand fan and distributed them to those present as a memento of the incident, which gave Louisa Ulrika the idea to create the order.

Louisa Ulrika was known for her political ambitions, and her order were both nationally and internationally interpreted to have a political significance of unity before division, signalling her ambition to abolish the parliamentary system of the Age of liberty in favor of an absolute monarchy.[1]

RecipientsEdit

  1. Edvard Didrik Taube
  2. Herman Cedercreutz
  3. Carl Gustaf Tessin
  4. Ulla Tessin
  5. Frederick I of Sweden
  6. Adolf Frederick, King of Sweden
  7. Prince Augustus William of Prussia

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Olof Jägerskiöld (1945). Lovisa Ulrika. Stockholm: Wahlström & Widstrand. ISBN
  • Berghman, Arvid (1949). Nordiska riddareordnar och dekorationer. Skrifter utgivna av Riksheraldikerämbetet. Malmö: J. Kroon, Malmö ljustrycksanstalt. Sid. 24–25. Libris 1388795
  • Nationalencyklopedin.
  • Olof Jägerskiöld (1945). Lovisa Ulrika. Stockholm: Wahlström & Widstrand. ISBN