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The Order of Prince Danilo I of Montenegro (Montenegrin: Орден Књаза Данiла I, Orden Knjaza Danila I) is an order of the Principality, and later Kingdom, of Montenegromarker. It is currently granted by the Head of the Royal House of Montenegro, HRH Crown Prince Nicholas of Montenegro.

The Order of Prince Danilo I of Montenegro.
The Order of Prince Danilo I of Montenegro ribbon.

The Order was the first Montenegrin dynastic and state Order established by Prince Danilo Petrović Njegoš in 1853, as the Order of Danilo I for the Independence of Montenegro in 1852-53. This Decoration is still awarded to prominent champions of the preservation of Montenegrin independence and the conditions by which the Order is awarded were defined by Statute.

Alterations were made to the appearance of the original decoration created by Prince Danilo and during the rule of His Majesty King Nikola I Petrović Njegoš the Order underwent two restructures. During the first restructure in 1861, three classes were introduced, while in the second restructure, from 1873, an additional class was added, so that not only is there a star in the 1st class but also a 2nd class with star was introduced.

On Saturday June 4, 2005, Cetinje, the old Royal Capital of Montenegro, hosted the first gala ceremony of the Order in the country since 90 years .

Notable recipients

Many deserving men and women have been awarded the Order of Prince Danilo I over time including foreigners. The list includes:

In the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel The Great Gatsby, the main character, Jay Gatsby, was also awarded the Order of Prince Danilo I "For Valor Extraordinary".

Officers of the Order

Classes and Post Nominals

  • Collar
  • Grand Cross (1st Class) [GCDO]
  • Knight/Dame Commander (2nd Class) [KCDO/DCDO]
  • Knight/Dame (3rd Class) [KDO/DDO]
  • Lieutenant (4th Class) [LDO]
  • Member (5th Class) [MDO]


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