This Order was instituted in 1954 by His Highness Sir Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien. Awards were for the Royal Family, foreign Princes, heads of state, and other such persons who merited honour or reward from the Government. All the insignia is gold and/or silver with enamel detailing. The order carries with it the post-nominal letters DK I. The order carries the right to the title ‘Dato Laila Utama’.
Prior to 1975, the design of Darjah Kerabat Yang Amat Dihormati included a painted bust of His Highness Sir Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien surrounded by a central ring of red enamel. The bust was subsequently replaced by a crescent moon and star.