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Erinnerungszeichen zur Silbernen Hochzeit

Silver Wedding Commemorative Badge

Silver Wedding Commemorative Badge was instituted in conjunction with the 25th jubilee of the German royal couple wedding. The ceremony held on February 27, 1906 marked silver wedding of the German emperor and Prussian king Wilhelm II and his consort, Auguste Viktoria Friederike Luise Feodora Jenny (22.10.1858 – 11.04.1921).

The badge was presented to the members of the royal family and their close relatives as well as to 119 veterans from the 2nd Company, 1st Foot Guards Regiment (2.Kompagnie, 1.Garde-Regiment zu Fuß).

According to decades long tradition all princes of Prussia were appointed lieutenants in the 1st Foot Guards upon their tenth birthdays, and king of Prussia was always a regimental chief. Wilhelm II, then Prussian prince was promoted to his first officers rank of Leutnant and appointed commander of the 2nd Company in 1869.

Silver Wedding Commemorative Badge was made of silver and had a form of a Roman numeral “25” (“XXV”) encircled by two myrtle branches.

The badge had to be worn on a single bar with a ribbon of the last medal or order awarded for military virtue. In case of absence of such combat merits the ribbon should have been plain white.

The only exception was made for 119 veterans who received commemorative badge on a ribbon of a General merits badge (Allgemeines Ehrenzeichen), i.e. white with two wide red stripes close to edges.

This variant of a badge is also known as “Erinnerungszeichen zur Silberne Hochzeit für Veteranen des 1.Garderegiments”.

It’s worth mentioning here that below listed awards also had the same ribbon.

- Medaille Rote Adler Orden (1810-1846)
- Goldene allgemeine Verdienstmedaille (1810-1817)
- Silberne allgemeine Verdienstmedaille (1810-1817)
- Allgemeines Ehrenzeichen 1.Klasse, Kreuz (1814-1830)
- Allgemeines Ehrenzeichen 1.Klasse, Medaille mit und ohne Dienstjahre (1814-1847)
- Allgemeines Ehrenzeichen 2.Klasse, Medaille mit und ohne Dienstjahre (1847-1918)
- Allgemeines Ehrenzeichen 2.Klasse in Gold mit und ohne Dienstjahre (1890-1900)
- Allgemeines Ehrenzeichen in Bronze (1912-1918)
- Krieger Verdienstmedaille (1836-1863)
- Regimentsmedaillen für Hannoversche Regimenter
- Regimentsmedaillen für Kurhessische Regimenter

The badge had a vertical pin and catch on its reverse fixed to two horizontal metal straps holding ribbon. 

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