The Bavarian Order of Merit, which is awarded as a sign of honorable and grateful acknowledgment for outstanding achievements for the Free State of Bavaria and the Bavarian people, is a symbol of the outstanding commitment and extraordinary commitment of the citizens to our community.
The Bavarian Order of Merit is awarded to men and women in a class without distinction of nationality. The Ordensign has the shape of a Maltese cross. The Order is awarded annually by the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister, as well as the Ministers of the Union, are entitled to make proposals.
The Bavarian Order of Merit was created in 1957 by a law of the Bavarian Landtag. The total number of living religious orders is limited to 2000.
The sign of the Order is in the form of a “Maltese cross”, the arms of which are enamelled white on the front and reverse side and are marked with a narrow blue enamel border. 2 The centerpiece is a round gold-plated medallion, which has the Bavarian diamond coat on the front and the Bavarian lion in gold on the black enamel base on the back.
The Cross of the Order is worn around the neck on a five-striped, watered white-blue band.
A white-blue rosette can be worn on the left upper breast side instead of the cross.
Hemmerle, a German jewellery house based in Munich founded in 1893, is the only exclusive maker of the Bavarian Order of Merit since it was instituted in 1957.
Royal Recipients :
King Baudouin of Belgium
Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis
Prince Johann Georg of Hohenzollern
Franz-Ludwig Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg
Archduke Otto of Austria
Queen Silvia of Sweden