The national flag of Denmark, featuring a white Nordic cross atop a redbackground; is said to be the oldest existing flag in the world, dating back to the 13th century.
A Danish order of knights founded in 1219 and revived in 1671.
In the picturesque old church there are still traces of a painted Dannebrog.
The Order of the Dannebrog is, according to Danish tradition, of miraculous origin, and was founded by Valdemar II.
Academies vied with each other in enrolling Leverrier among their members; the Royal Society awarded him the Copley medal; the king of Denmark sent him the order of the Dannebrog; he was named officer in the Legion of Honour, and preceptor to the comte de Paris; a chair of astronomy was created for his benefit at the Faculty of Sciences; he was appointed adjunct astronomer to the Bureau of Longitudes.
He was a Jubilee Doctor of Upsala, 1877, and received the Danish order of the Dannebrog in 1885.
Landing at Lyndantse (the modern Reval) in north Esthonia, Valdemar at once received the submission of the inhabitants, but three days later was treacherously attacked in his camp and only saved from utter destruction by his own personal valour and the descent from heaven, at the critical moment, of a red banner with a white cross on it, the Dannebrog (Danes' Cloth), of which we now hear for the first time, and which henceforth was to precede the Danish armies to victory till its capture by the Ditmarshers, three hundred years later.