From Lowe's Curiosities of Heraldry: “It does not seem to have occured to these allegorizing worthies that the tincture of a charge may be diametrically opposed to the signification assigned to the charge itself. For example, the coat ‘Vert, a bull's head or’ by the armilogical rules cited above, would signify, as to the tinctures, pleasure and joy, while as to the charge it would mean rage and fury. Again, ‘Purpure, a wolf argent’ would mean ‘a wrangler with a peacable disposition!!’”
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There was also a fair bit of personal and non-royal heraldry on display during the Queen’s Thames Jubilee Pageant. Much of it was hard to catch on camera, or at least capture identifiably, but here are two shots of two different banners/flags (in addition to the white on maroon one which all of the ships flew as the emblem of the Thames Pageant, a front view of a ship with masts and sails arranged to look like a crown), one a banner of arms, and the other a flag containing an entire achievement of arms.
All in all, the Jubilee was a tremendous display of heraldry!