The Order of Saint Catherine
Compiled and Researched by Margaret Odrowaz-Sypniewski

Cross and ribbon of the Order of St. Catherine.

In 1714, Peter I (the Great) established the highest order for women: The Order of St. Catherine. This order had two classes, who insignia was the cross with diamonds and the star and ribbon. This order was worn on a bow embroidered with the motto: "For Love of Country." The bow was fastened onto a broad ribbon of red moire with a silver border.

The first Order of St. Catherine was awarded, by Peter I to his second wife, Catherine on her name day. Up until 1726, she was the only holder of this award. Later on, this award was given to ladies-in-waiting who distinguished themselves in philanthropic activities.

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