A microscopic piece of heraldry necessarily stands condemned, because it merely pretends to hint that the owner thinks himself a person of distinction, instead of performing the true function of enabling the casual observer to identify the owner. Monograms and unostentatious heraldry are therefor the badge of the parvenu, and such heraldry is usually bogus. Genuine arms are almost always displayed boldly and beautifully at every possible opportunity, indoors and out. --
Thomas Innes of Learney, Scots Heraldry, pp. 161-162
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Thursday, September 16, 2021
More Foreign Recipients of the Order of the Elephant
Then we came to this window bay in Frederiksborg Castle, with armorial plaques from a number of foreign (that is, not Danish) recipients of the Order of the Elephant.
I'm not going to highlight all of the plaques in this bay besides the three below, but if you look carefully (and, of course, you can always click on an image to see a larger, more detailed photo), you can see the arms of France, Great Britain, Norway, and The Netherlands amongst them.
The first of the three plaques I will highlight from this bay is that of Henry William Frederick Albert, Duke of Gloucester (1900-1974). He was the third son and fourth child of King George V and Queen Mary. He served as Governor-General of Australia from 1945 to 1947, the only member of the British royal family to hold the post. (He was created a member of the Order of the Elephant in 1924.)
Next are the arms of Albert Frederick Arthur George (1895-1952), Duke of York, later King George VI (1936-1952). He was the second son of King George V and Queen Mary, and also the subject of movie The King’s Speech. He was created a member of the Order in 1920.
Finally, we come to the "arms" of Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), President of the Republic of South Africa (1994-1999). He was created a member of the Order in 1996. The shield is not his arms, per se, but rather the flag of the Republic of South Africa, displayed on a shield shape.