Where are the 11 sets of the Norwegian Lion today??
Official Sweden: The Royal Castle and/or Treasury Department in Stockholm, Sweden: 5 complete sets with Collar with Star, Badge and Sash. One set on public display at the Royal Castle.
Official Norway: The Royal Coin Cabinet, Oslo: 1 complete set with Collar, Star, Badge and Sash. A gift from the Royal House of Sweden to Norway.
Official Denmark: Amalienborg Castle, Copenhagen: 1 Collar (Badge and Star missing).
Private Collector(1) in Norway: 1 Badge and Star with new Sash, Oslo Reportedly awarded to Prince Wilhelm of Sweden.
Private Collector(2) in Norway: 1 complete set with Collar, Star, Badge and Sash. (The Badge and Star was awarded to King Christian IX of Denmark. The Collar awarded to Prince Wilhelm of Sweden.
German collection: The Order awarded to Wilhelm II
French collection: The Order awarded to Émile Loubet
Austrian collection: The Order awarded to Franz Joseph I
What is the status of the Norwegian Lion today??
After King Haakon VII became King in Norway no Lion has been awarded. It is said in several books that he decided not to use the Norwegian Lion as an Order. If this was true the Order would most likely been taken away. However the statues of the Order says that only 12 Knights were to be awarded at the same time. So one did not have much to play with as 11 already were awarded. In 1905 King Haakon was automatically the Grand Master of the Norwegian Lion. I.e. he was number 12 of the available Lions. The Order of the Norwegian Lion has been listed in the Norwegioan Statskalenderen (The official State publication) for many years after 1905. I do not know for how long, but it was listed in my one from 1911.
King Haakon VII is actually seen wearing the Lion Star, Badge and Sash on the postcards shown below. He has the Lion Star and one sees the Lion Sash. The Badge is not visible. The Sta Olav Grand cross Badge is carried around his neck and the Star on his breast.
It is stated in the Swedish Statskalenderen in 1904 and 1905 that King Oscar was the Grand Master. By 1906 the Statskalenderen was up to date again and King Oscar is now mentioned as being the Grand Master of the Swedish only and the Norwegian Lion was now moved to his Foreign Orders section. Mind you the last living person to have the Norwegian Lion was King Gustaf VI Adolf who died in 1973.
It could then also be assumed that the Kings Haakon, Olav and now Harald has been and still are the Grand Masters of this Order. However, it is not likely that it would every be used for awards again. But as it is still an active Royal Order it is probably the rarest order today.