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1843-06-26 Hongkong Colonial badge Pottinger Governor

For more than a century, this crest had been used since Governor Pottinger took office until replaced by the localized design delivered by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, during his first Royal Visit to Hongkong, (1959-03-08 Coat of Arms of Hong Kong). Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom armorial achievement comprises the motto of English monarchs, Dieu et mon Droit (God and my Right), which has descended to the present royal family as well as the Garter circlet which surrounds the shield, inscribed with the Order’s motto, Honi soit qui mal y pense (Shame on he who thinks evil). Catherine Montague, Countess of Salisbury was sometimes associated with the legendary figure of Alice, Countess of Salisbury, a woman who was raped by Edward III. But the identity of the lady thus granted immortality is still uncertain. The most popular candidate is Joan, “Fair Maid of Kent” the king’s cousin, but Katharine Grandison, Countess of Salisbury, has a strong claim. (Honi=this, soit=is, qui=who, mal y=wrong and, pense=thought)
The creature could be vocalizing a threat or warning with tongue sticking out, (the military fierceness of the bearer) or provoking with furiousness (representing the authority of the bearer).
Similar to Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom, the one used by the Colonial Hongkong Government had been shown on many related or affiliated organizations or institutions such as court buildings or HSBC.

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