Ludwig Order

Ludwig Order
The badge of the Grand Cross
Awarded by The Grand Duke of Hesse
Type Order
Eligibility soldiers and civilians
Awarded for merit
Status defunct
Sovereign Grand Duke of Hesse
Grades (w/ post-nominals) • Grand Cross
• Commander 1st Class
• Commander 2nd Class
• Knight 1st Class
• Knight 2nd Class
Established 1807
Last induction 1918
Next (higher) House Order of the Golden Lion
Next (lower) Order of Philip the Magnanimous
Ribbon bar of the order

The Ludwig Order (German:"Ludwigsorden"), was an order of the Grand Duchy of Hesse which was awarded to meritorious soldiers and civilians from 1807 to 1918.


The order was founded by Louis I, Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine as an order of merit without name or statute on August 25, 1807. On December 14, 1831 statutes were adopted for the order, giving it its formal name, dividing it into five classes, and setting the terms for award. It was to be awarded to meritorious soldiers and civilians "von den obersten Stufe bis auf die unterste" (from the highest level to the lowest).

The order became obsolete with the abdication of the last Grand Duke of Hesse in November 1918.


The order was divided into five classes:

Notable recipients

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