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12/01/2009

Dieu Et Mon Droit - Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense


Dieu Et Mon Droit is the motto of the British Monarchy, which appears on a scroll beneath the shield of the coat of arms of the United Kingdom. The motto refers to the divine right of the Monarch to govern. For the Royal coat of arms of the Kingdom of England to have a French rather than English motto should not be considered unusual, given that English had only recently replaced French as the language of the English Royal Court and ruling class. Also appearing on the Royal arms is the Old French motto of the Order of the Garter, which appears on a representation of a garter as Honi Soit Qui mal Y Pense ("shame upon him who thinks evil of it").

1 comment:

roentarre said...

The emblems can be a very interesting subject to photograph. I would do a theme on that basis too.