Order of the Elephant

The Order of the Elephant (Danish: Elefantordenen) is a Danish order of chivalry and is Denmark's highest-ranked honour. It has origins in the 15th century, but has officially existed since 1693, and since the establishment of constitutional monarchy in 1849, is now almost exclusively used to honour royalty and heads of state.[1]

Order of the Elephant
Badge of the Order of the Elephant.
Awarded by

Sovereign of Denmark
TypeChivalric order in one class
MottoMagnanimi Pretium
(Latin: The prize of greatness)
Awarded forAt the Monarch's pleasure
StatusCurrently constituted
SovereignMargrethe II
GradesR.E. (Ridder af Elefantordenen)
First induction1693 Christian V of Denmark
Last induction2018 Emmanuel Macron
Next (higher)None (Highest)
Next (lower)Order of the Dannebrog

Order of the Elephant ribbon
Collar of the Order of the Elephant.
The Blome [da; de] family coat of arms with the Order's collar on gravestone in Heiligenstedten.