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The Order of the Million Elephants and the White Parasol, also called the Order of the Million Elephants and the White Umbrella, was the highest knighthood order of the Kingdom of Laos.

History

The Order was founded on 1 May 1909 by King Sisavang Vong.[1]

The name of the order reflected an old name of Laos, Lan Xang Hom Khao which means "million elephants and white umbrella".[2]

No awards were made after the Kingdom of Laos came to an end.

Classes

The Order consisted of the following classes, in ascending order :

  • Collar
  • Grand Cordon
  • Grand Cross
  • Grand Officer
  • Commander
  • Officer
  • Knight
Ribbon bars
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Collar
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Grand Cross
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Grand Officer
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Commander
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Officer
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Knight

Insignia

The ribbon on which the Order was worn is red, ornamented with a yellow geometrical design.

Notable recipients

Notes

  1. ^ The Illustrated London News, vol. 138 (1911), part 1, p. 138
  2. ^ Bijan Raj Chatterjee, Southeast Asia in Transition (1965), p. 18