King Leopold III created this bronze gilt cross on 10 May 1934 for award to all living members of the royal households who had effectively served during the reign of Albert I.
Medals instituted during the Reign of King Leopold III, the Belgian Government in exile, Prince Regent Charles and Prince Royal Baudouin (1934-1951)
Replacing the previous medal by its creation on 23 May 1939, this medal also has an annual quota : 100 bronze, 40 silver and 10 gold medals can be awarded per annum.Various rules govern their attribution but they are mainly awarded for sustained meritorious service in the domain (10 years for the bronze medal, 15 years for silver and 20 years for gold medals) or to athletes to mark brilliant careers : gold medal to Olympic Gold Medallists, World Champions or World Record Holders, silver medal to European Champions, European Record Holders or Olympic Silver Medallists and the bronze medal for remarkable performance on national or international level. Ribbons are identical to the previous medal's.
The Medal for Sports Merit
The Commemorative Cross of the House of King Albert
Officially instituted, in three classes (gold, silver and bronze medals) on 23 March 1935 for award to those that rendered signal services to physical education and sports in Belgium or had honoured the country by their success in this domain. An annual attribution of 250 bronze, 80 silver and 20 gold medals was stipulated but the medals were never awarded and were replaced, on 23 May 1939, by the Medal for Sports Merit (see below).
The Medal for Physical Education and Sports
This gilt cross was created on 19 March 1946 by the Prince Regent Charles to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first telegraph line exploitation in Belgium, on 9 September 1846. It was awarded to employees and workmen of the Belgian Telephone and Telegraph Services who had completed, on 9 September 1946, 25 years of good and loyal service.
The Commemorative Decoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Telegraphic Services
La "Décoration commémorative du 100e Anniversaire de l'Emission du premier Timbre-Poste en Belgique et du 75e Anniversaire de la Participation de la Belgique à l'Union Postale Universelle" fût établie le 2 mai 1949 et attribuée aux employés et ouvriers de l'Administration des Postes belge qui avaient complété, au 1 juillet 1949, 25 ans de bons et loyaux services.
The Commemorative Medal of the 100th Anniversary of the Postal Services
This enameled cross medal was instituted on 7 May 1946 by the Prince Regent Charles to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Ostend-Dover boat service and awarded to employees and workmen of this shipping line who had completed, on 1 July 1946, 25 years of good and loyal service.
The Commemorative Decoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Ostend-Dover Line
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