The Queen's Beasts The Falcon of the Plantagenets

Tuesday, 28 August 2018  |  Gareth

As we reach the midpoint in the series, we're thrilled to offer the Falcon of the Plantagenets, the most current coin to be launched. Imposing and majestic, the usage of the falcon in English heraldry stemmed with Edward III and would end up being closely associated with the House of York.

Edward IV offered his youngest son, Richard, the badge of a white falcon within an open fetterlock-- the lock Edward required to take the throne. Henry VII, who unified the homes of York and Lancaster with his marital relationship to Elizabeth of York, typically utilised a falcon sign and it was stated to be the preferred badge of Queen Elizabeth I.

The Falcon passed to The Queen from the Plantagenet king Edward III. He selected the sign to embody his love of hawking however it is likewise closley connected with his great-great-grandson, Edward IV. The white Falcon at The Queen's crowning held a guard with a badge illustrating a 2nd white falcon within an open golden 'fetterlock' or padlock.

 

 

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