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The Wilhelm-Orden English "William-Order" was instituted on 18 January 1896 by the German Emperor and King of Prussia Willhelm II as a high civilian award, and was dedicated to the memory of his grandfather Emperor William I "the Great"


  • 1 Insignia
  • 2 List of recipients
  • 3 See also
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


The insignia of the Order consisted of a golden medal with the portrait of William I, surrounded by a golden wreath and suspended from a heavy golden collar This collar with a weight of 222 grams bore the words WIRKE IM ANDENKEN AN KAISER WILHELM DEN GROSSEN English: "Work in the memory of Emperor William the Great" and was designed by the jewellers Emil Weigand en Otto Schultz

List of recipients

The order was very exclusive One of the first to be decorated was Otto von Bismarck Also among the recipients were:

  • Heinrich von Stephan, General Post Director - 1896
  • Count Arthur von Posadowsky-Wehner, politician - 27 January 1900 - on the occasion of the Emperor´s birthday[1]
  • Princess Marie Elisabeth of Saxe-Meiningen, musician and composer - 28 August 1913 - the last recipient of the Order

See also

There are other decorations with this or a similar name:

  • The highest decoration for valour in the Netherlands is the Military Order of William 1815
  • The elector of Hesse-Kassel or Hesse-Cassel instituted a "Wilhelmsorden" in 1851 in honor of Friedrich Wilhelm I of Hesse


  1. ^ "Germany" The Times 36051 London 29 January 1900 p 6mw-parser-output citecitationmw-parser-output citation qmw-parser-output id-lock-free a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-free amw-parser-output id-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output id-lock-registration a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-registration amw-parser-output id-lock-subscription a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-subscription amw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registrationmw-parser-output cs1-subscription span,mw-parser-output cs1-registration spanmw-parser-output cs1-ws-icon amw-parser-output codecs1-codemw-parser-output cs1-hidden-errormw-parser-output cs1-visible-errormw-parser-output cs1-maintmw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registration,mw-parser-output cs1-formatmw-parser-output cs1-kern-left,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-leftmw-parser-output cs1-kern-right,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-rightmw-parser-output citation mw-selflink

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