Order of the White Eagle (Poland)
The Order of the White Eagle (Polish: Order Orła Białego) is Poland's highest order awarded to both civilians and the military for their merits. It was officially instituted on 1 November 1705 by Augustus II the Strong, King of Poland and Elector of Saxony, and bestowed on eight of his closest diplomatic and political supporters. It is one of the oldest distinctions in the world still in use.
|Order of the White Eagle|
Order Orła Białego
|Awarded by the President of Poland|
(previously King of Poland)
|Type||Single grade order|
|Established||1 November 1705|
|Grand Master||President of Poland|
|Total inductees||355 (since 1921)|
|Next (lower)||Order Virtuti Militari|
The ribbon bar of the Order
It is awarded to the most distinguished Poles and the highest-ranking representatives of foreign countries. The Order of the White Eagle is attached to a purple ribbon slung over the left shoulder to the right side. The star of the Order, once embroidered, is worn on the left side of the chest.