|Saxe-Ernestine House Order|
|Awarded by Saxe-Meiningen Saxe-Altenburg (extinct 1991)|
Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
|Ribbon||Purple with narrow Green stripes on either side.|
|Motto||Fideliter Et Constanter |
("Faithful and Steadfast")
|Sovereigns||Konrad, Prince of Saxe-Meiningen|
Andreas, Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
The ribbon of the order
The Saxe-Ernestine House Order (German: Sachsen-Ernestinischer Hausorden) was an order of merit instituted by Duke Friedrich of Saxe-Altenburg, Duke Ernst I of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, and Duke Bernhard II of Saxe-Meiningen on 25 December 1833 as a joint award of the Saxon duchies.
At first, the Order consisted of five classes: Grand Cross, Commander's Cross with Star in First and Second Classes, and Knight's Cross in First and Second Classes. Awards were reserved for officers.
In 1864, a silver-gilt medal was added but subsequently suppressed in 1918, at the end of World War I. Gold and silver medals were also associated with the Order.
In 2006, the head of the ducal family of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Prince Andreas, created the "Ducal Saxe-Coburg-Gotha House Order" (Herzoglich Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha'sche Hausorden). It is based on the old Ducal Saxe-Ernestine House Order.