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Hanover Waterloo Medal

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Date added: 31 Mar 2017

Hanover Waterloo Medal 1815

The House of Hanover (or the Hanoverians) was a German royal dynasty that ruled the Electorate, and then the Kingdom, of Hanover, and that also provided monarchs of the United Kingdom from 1714 until the death of Queen Victoria in 1901. The Electorate of Hanover remained a separately ruled territory with its own government and bodies. Merged into the Napoleonic Kingdom of Westphalia in 1807, it was re-established as the Kingdom of Hanover in 1814, with the personal union with the British crown lasting until 1837.

The Hanoverian Waterloo Medal, founded by George, the Prince Regent in December 1817, was issued to all members of the Hanoverian army who fought in the battles of Quatre Bras and Waterloo 16–18 June 1815. There were approximately 16,900 men in the Hanoverian contingent, amounting to 18% of Wellington’s Allied Army.

Like the British Waterloo Medal, the obverse has a profile and laureate head of the Prince Regent to the right, with the legend GEORG. PRINZ. REGENT, 1815, round it. On the reverse are two branches of laurel and a breastplate, with two spears and two colours crossed on either side; underneath is the date, WATERLOO JUN. XVIII., and, above, in Roman letters, HANNOVERSCHER TAPFERKEIT. The medals were stamped along the edge with the rank (above Private), name and unit of the recipient

It is suspended by a crimson ribbon with light blue borders, and the owner was permitted to wear this ribbon without the medal, contrary to the rule which prevailed in Britain.

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