Dannebrogordenen

Official abbreviation: S.Kmd. (Grand Commander)
Official abbreviation: SK.i diam. (Grand Cross in Diamonds)
Official abbreviation: SK. (Grand Cross)
Official abbreviation: K.1 (Commander 1st Class)
Official abbreviation: K. (Commander)
Official abbreviation: R.1 (Knight 1st Class)
Official abbreviation: R. (Knight)

Instituted by King Christian 5th 1671.

Awarded for special service to the Danish Kingdom.
The upper grades of the Order is mostly awarded to Royals from other countries and to some heads of state.
The lower grades are mostly awarded to persons who have special ties to the official Denmark. For example the rank of “Knight of Dannebrog” is awarded to: Persons who have been in the parliament for 10 years and for public servants above paygrade 36.

7 Grades:
Grand Commander of Dannebrog
Grand Cross with breaststar of Diamants of Dannebrog
Grand Cross of Dannebrog
Commander 1st Class of Dannebrog
Commander of Dannebrog
Knight 1st Class of Dannebrog
Knight of Dannebrog
Medal: Dannebrogordenens H├Žderstegn

Design and grades:
Grand Commander of Dannebrog:
Wears the medal in gold with diamonds, a necklace in diamonds with the badge of the order and a breaststar in silver with diamonds.
Awarded to persons of royal blood, with not more than seven holders at any one time. It is only awarded to Royals with close family ties with the Danish Royal House.

Necklace of the Order.

Grand Cross with breaststar of Diamants of Dannebrog
Wears the badge of the order in a sash over the shoulder and a breaststar in silver with diamonds.

Grandcross with Diamonds. Old specimen, circa 1850. Image courtesy of Vesteri.

Grand Cross of Dannebrog
Wears the badge of the order in a sash over the shoulder and a breaststar in silver.

Breaststar and sash of the Grand Cross grade. Image courtesy of medals.org.uk

Commander 1st Class of Dannebrog
Wears the badge of the order in a neck-ribbon and a breaststar in silver.

Breaststar

Commander of Dannebrog
Wears the badge of the order in a neck-ribbon.

Obverse of the Commander badge. Image courtesy of medals.org.uk

Knight 1st Class of Dannebrog
Wears the medal of the order with a rosette.

Knight of Dannebrog
Wears the medal of the order.

Image courtesy of Liverpool Medals