Order instituted on 23 April 1839 by King Ernest Augustus I.
Order awarded to members of the royal family, foreign princes and nobles for special services to the kingdom.
The badge is an eight-pointed Maltese Cross, surmounted by a gold crown. The arms are covered in blue enamel with gold trim and balls on the tips of the cross. Between the arms are golden lions. A round medallion in the center and depicts St. George on horseback in a duel with a green dragon. The back has the cypher of the founder of the order EAR (Ernst August Rex).