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Order of the Aztec Eagle
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The Order of the Aztec Eagle (Star)
Awarded by  Mexico
Type Order
Awarded for Services given to Mexico or to humankind
Status Currently awarded
Grades (w/ post-nominals) Grand Cross with Chain
Grand Cross, Special Class
Grand Cross
Commander
Officer
Award
Established 1933
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Ribbon of the Order of the Aztec Eagle

The Order of the Aztec Eagle (Spanish: Orden Mexicana del Águila Azteca) is a Mexican order and is the highest decoration awarded to foreigners in the country. It is the highest honor in Mexico.

Recipients include Dwight D. Eisenhower, Elizabeth II, Nelson Rockefeller, Ted Kennedy, Cesar Chavez, Bill Gates,Donald Winkelmann and Nelson Mandela. The order was created in 1933.

History

It was created by decree on December 29, 1933 by President Abelardo L. Rodríguez as a reward to the services given to Mexico or humankind by foreigners. It is similar to awards given to Mexican citizens such as the Condecoración Miguel Hidalgo or the Belisario Domínguez Medal of Honor. It is given by the office of the foreign minister on the instructions of a Council established for this purpose headed by the President.

Notable recipients

Royalty

Presidents

Politicians

  • Edmond Leburton
  • Alexandra Kollontai – Sash (1944)
  • Henry H. Arnold – Collar (1945)
  • Dr. Jože Brilej – Sash (1950s)
  • Lisa Shoman – Sash (2008)
  • Ted Kennedy – Sash (2008)
  • Yves Ducharme
  • Benoît Hamon
  • David Dreier – (2017)

Other

  • Walt Disney (1943)
  • Spencer Atkinson (1946)
  • Nigel Davies (1980)
  • Edward Hidalgo (1980)
  • Diana Kennedy (1981)
  • Gabriel García Márquez (1982)
  • Claudio Arrau (1982)
  • Plácido Domingo – (1985)
  • W. Michael Mathes (1985)
  • Yuri Knorozov (1995)
  • Hector P. Garcia (1998)
  • Satish Gujral – Insignia proper
  • Charles Butt – (2001)
  • Candelaria Mayan Singh – Placard (2007)
  • Melinda Gates – Insignia proper (2007)
  • Anne d'Harnoncourt – Insignia proper (2007)
  • Adair Margo – Insignia proper (2007)
  • Earl A. Powell III – Insignia proper (2007)
  • Tomás Ybarra-Frausto – Insignia proper (2007)
  • Rigoberta Menchú – Insignia proper (2010)
  • Mario Vargas Llosa – 2011
  • Amartya Sen 2011
  • Bono – Insignia proper (2012)
  • Rick Bayless – 2012
  • Cesar Chavez
  • Ralph Roeder
  • Stuart Gulliver – 2017
  • Roderic Ai Camp – 2017

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