Imperial and Royal Order of Wilhelm
Kaiserlich und Königlich Orden von Wilhelm

Collar of the Order
Awarded by German Empire Head of the House of Prussia
Award of
Type State Order (formerly)
House Order (currently)
Royal house House of Prussia
Ribbon White with a Black stripe in the middle and either side
Status Unconstituted
Sovereign Georg Friedrich, Prince of Prussia
Grades Knight With Collar
Knight/Dame Commander
Knight/Dame Officer
Established 18 January 1896
Next (higher) Imperial and Royal Order of Louise

The Ribbon of the Order

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


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:

See also

There are other decorations with this or a similar name:


  1. "Germany". The Times (36051). London. 29 January 1900. p. 6.

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