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"Royal Coat of Arms and The Shield" Buckingham Palace Tip by irisbe

Buckingham Palace, London: 422 reviews and 696 photos

  Royal coat of arms and The Shield
by irisbe

The picture that goes with this tip is taken from the entrance gate of Buckingham Palace.
The Royal Coat of Arms and the Shield I will notice at other locations as well, although on this one I am missing the English motto ” Dieu et mon Droit " (God and my right) and the additional text Honi soit qui mal y pense”(Shamed be he who thinks ill of it).

Let’s analyse it a little so you understand what every symbol represents:
At the left you see the English Lion. At the right site you see the chained Unicorn of Scotland. This medieval creature was told to be dangerous and only could be tamed by a virgin, hence the chains.

The shield shows several royal emblems that represent the various parts of the United Kingdom.
You can notice the three lions in the first and fourth part. Those are the English lions.
The first design however had only one Lion (at Henry II’s).
In 1198 (Richard I, or Richard Lionheart), the single lion was replaced by three lions, representing England, Normandy and Aquitaine.

In the second part you see the Lion of Scotland.
In the 3rd part you see the harp of Northern Ireland (used to represent the whole of Ireland).

The Shield changed a bit over the years. The last change was at Queen Victoria’s reign (1837): the Hanoverian escutcheon and the crown were removed.
Why this happened was because there was this Hanoverian law that predicted that a woman was unable to succeed to the throne of Hanover.

Since this change, the shield has remained identical up to today.

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Directions: Green Park tube
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  • Written Jul 10, 2004
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