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Encyclopedia > Prince of Wales's feathers
The badge of the Prince of Wales
The badge of the Prince of Wales

The Prince of Wales's feathers is the heraldic badge of the Prince of Wales. It consists of three white feathers behind a gold coronet. A ribbon below the coronet bears the motto Ich dien (old German for "I serve", today, one would typically say "Ich diene" even though contractions such as "Ich dien" are still common in dialect). As well as being used in royal heraldry, the badge is used to symbolise Wales, particularly Welsh rugby. Image File history File links Inelligble for copyright, Badge of the Prince of Wales File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Heraldic badges were common in the Middle Ages particularly in England. ... The Badge of the Prince of Wales is derived from the ostrich feathers borne by Edward, the Black Prince. ... White is a color (more accurately it contains all the colors of the visible spectrum and is sometimes described as an achromatic color—black is the absence of color) that has high brightness but zero hue. ... Closeup on a single white feather A feather is one of the epidermal growths that forms the distinctive outer covering, or plumage, on a bird. ... Gold is a shade of the color yellow closest to that of gold metal. ... Coin showing a coronet A coronet is a small crown consisting of ornaments fixed on a metal ring. ... Heraldry is the science and art of describing coats-of-arms, also referred to as armorial bearings or simply as arms. Its origins lie in the need to distinguish participants in battles or jousts and to describe the various devices they carried or painted on their shields. ... National motto: Cymru am byth (Welsh: Wales for ever) Waless location within the UK Official languages English, Welsh Capital Cardiff Largest city Cardiff First Minister Rhodri Morgan Area  - Total Ranked 3rd UK 20,779 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 3rd UK 2,903,085 140/km² NUTS 1... Rugby Union is the national sport of Wales. ...


The badge is thought to have originated with Edward, the Black Prince, ruler of Wales. According to legend, the Black Prince obtained the arms from John of Bohemia, against whom he fought in the Battle of Crécyb in 1341. After the battle, the prince went to the body of the dead king (whom he admired for his bravery) and took his helmet, lined with ostrich feathers. The feathers and the dead king's motto made up the prince's new badge and came to be used by subsequent Princes of Wales. Edward of Woodstock, Prince of Wales, KG, known as the Black Prince (June 15, 1330 – June 8, 1376) was the eldest son of King Edward III of England and Philippa of Hainault. ... John the Blind of Luxemburg (August 10, 1296 - August 26, 1346) was King of Bohemia and Count of Luxemburg. ... Combatants Kingdom of England France Commanders Edward III of England Philip VI of France Strength about 12,000 30,000 to 40,000 Casualties 150-1,000 killed and wounded 6,000-20,000 killed and wounded The Battle of Crécy took place on 26 August 1346, near Cr... Pith helmet of Harry S. Truman For information about the band Helmet, see Helmet (band) Pickelhaube of a Swedish Royal Guard soldier A helmet (a 15th century loan from Middle French, a diminutive of Frankish helm, from Proto-Germanic *khelmaz, PIE *kelmo- a cover) is a form of protective clothing... Binomial name Struthio camelus Linnaeus, 1758 The ostrich (Struthio camelus) is a flightless bird native to Africa. ...


The origin of both the feathers and the motto may have a less romantic history, with indications that the arms were inherited by the prince from his father.


Technically the badge should be described as the Duke of Cornwall's feathers, as the badge is that of the eldest son of the sovereign, whether or not he has been invested as Prince of Wales. The Badge of the Prince of Wales is derived from the ostrich feathers borne by Edward, the Black Prince. ...

 The Welsh Rugby Union logo
The Welsh Rugby Union logo

The badge has been traditionally been worn on the jerseys of players in the Welsh rugby union team and as the logo of the Welsh Rugby Union. In the 1990s, the WRU modified the form of the badge they used in order to copyright the design. The new logo is more stylised, with "WRU" in place of "Ich Dien". copied from wiki italian File links The following pages link to this file: Culture of Wales Wales national rugby union team Celtic Warriors Neath-Swansea Ospreys Template:Rugby Wales links Welsh Rugby Union Llanelli Scarlets Newport Gwent Dragons Pontypridd RFC Rugby union in Wales Neath RFC Prince of Waless... copied from wiki italian File links The following pages link to this file: Culture of Wales Wales national rugby union team Celtic Warriors Neath-Swansea Ospreys Template:Rugby Wales links Welsh Rugby Union Llanelli Scarlets Newport Gwent Dragons Pontypridd RFC Rugby union in Wales Neath RFC Prince of Waless... The Welsh rugby union team, as the highest level of Welsh rugby union, represent Wales at the national sport of rugby union. ... A logotype, commonly known as a logo, is the graphic element of a trademark or brand, which is set in a special typeface and/or font, or arranged in a particular, but legible, way. ... The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) (Welsh: Undeb Rygbi Cymru) is the governing body of rugby union in Wales, recognised by the International Rugby Board. ... This article is about the year. ... Copyright symbol. ...


This ensign is also used by a society in Malta called 'The Prince of Wales Philarmonic Society'. The scope of this organisation is mainly one related to music but is also linked to the feast of St.Dominic in Vittoriosa in Malta. Malta was a colony of the British Crown for 200 years, and there exist a variety of clubs and organisations bearing the name of royal personalities.


The Prince of Wales Own' displays the ensign with three feathers on a royal blue background and carries the standard during all of its activities as well as a flag on top of its premises. It has been doing so for the last 100 years.


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