The Lion of England

Kew Gardens

According a nearby plaque, "the crowned golden lion of England has been one of the supporters of the Royal Arms since the accession of James I in 1603. The shield shows the Royal Arms as they have been borne since Queen Victoria came to the throne in 1837. In the first and last quarters are the lions of England; the lion and tessure (a double frame) of Scotland appear in the second and the harp of Ireland in the third. Richard Lion-Heart, son of Henry II, probably first chose 3 golden lions set one above each other on a red field as the Royal Arms of England. Since then, these lions have appeared on the coat of arms of every sovereign of this country."

Photograph 2006 by Jacqueline Banerjee.

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