The order was introduced in the bilingual country on 15 October 1897 as the "Ordre de la Couronne" or "Kroonorde" by Leopold II of Belgium.
The order is a modern order of merit. In 1908 regulations included "important artistic, literary or scientific merit, merit in the commercial or industrial world or for long loyal service to the country or in Africa".
The order is considered less meritorious than the Order of Leopold. The administration of the order is entrusted to the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but the order is for services in all kinds of fields: industry, trade, science, education, the armed forces, culture and charity. The order is often used in diplomatic channels. The Belgian government awards the order within the context of state visits and, on the basis of reciprocity, on the departure of ambassadors recognised in Belgium.
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