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  • Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria (1830 - 1916)
    Links: The Peerage Geneall Johann the Younger #1034 Wikipedia Emperor of Austria; Apostolic King of Hungary; King of Bohemia; King of Croatia; King of Galicia and Lodomeria; Grand Duke of C...

The Knight’s Cross was established by Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria, to mark the anniversary of his reign (1849). This decoration was awarded for outstanding military and civil merits, especially to diplomats. It could be granted to foreign citizens.