“Our armorial bearings were granted in 1977, on the occasion of the college’s 50th anniversary. A painting of the design was presented to Admiral Sir Ian Easton, the Commandant, by Sir Anthony Wagner, Garter King of Arms, in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to Seaford House on Friday 11th November 1977”
A half hour ago I got off the phone with Sarah Higgins, a woman who works for the Defence Department, and specializes in NATO affairs. She had never heard of the Royal College of Defence Studies. She sent me an e-mail so I could enlighten her.
I went in search for more truths, and found ‘The Beast’ that is found on the cote of arms that was presented to Admiral Sir Ian Easton, in the presence of her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth of Great Briton. Was Rena there, gazing upon the crown of Europe’s most Regal Sovereign? For sure, the eyes of this Admiral and Knight, also gazed upon the eyes of the most beautiful woman he has ever seen, the most beautiful girl, I ever saw.
In looking for more information I came across the cote of arms for ‘The Beast’ who fell for Beauty, whose father plucked a red red rose.
I am going to follow up my conversation with a letter to my Congressman, Peter DeFazio. We need real leadership, who reinforces our relationship with traditional and esteemed allies. We must do all we can to thwart the self-appointed reign of mad men who take the law into their owns hands, here, or abroad.
Winston Churchill lived in Blenheim Palace at Woodstock where Fair Rosamond was kept in a labyrinth. Queen Eleanor found her by the clue of a thread. To find a pink thread tied around Kate’s Dark Beast, next to the words “red red rose”………is the last clue!
Rena suffers from extreme low self-esteem, as do I. We never feel we are deserved of anything, or anyone. I own the privilege of rescuing her….and for a little while we were whole, and deserving of one another. Let us now be forgiving of one another, for our road has proved to be a crooked one, full of unexpected turns and dead ends. But, we have arrived at the epicenter, the Home of the Beast…….that you did tame? Alone? Let us be united in a common cause.
The name Rosamund (also spelled Rosamond and Rosamunde) is a girls’ name and can also be a family name (surname). Originally it combined the Germanic elements hros, meaning horse, and mund, meaning “protection”. Later, it was influenced by the Latin phrases rosa munda, meaning “pure rose”, and rosa mundi, meaning “rose of the world”. “Rosamonda” is the Italian, “Rosamunde” is the German and “Rosemonde” the French form of the name.
A rare and exquisite ‘Imperial Defence College’ gold and enamel brooch of the finest quality, depicting ‘The Beast’ with trident resting on a tri-part motto scroll ‘Concordia Roborat Artus’, the reverse bearing Birmingham 9 carat gold hallmarks for 1968 and maker’s details “G & Co Ld” in trefoil (Garrard & Co London) the Crown Jewelers. Very good condition, retaining original pin fittings incorporating safety roller catch, perfect enamel and complete with its original velvet lined leather case with details to the lid “By appointment to H.M The Queen” “Goldsmiths & Crown Jewelers Garrard & Co Ltd 112, Regent Street. W1”.
The ‘Imperial Defence College’ was founded in 1927, it was renamed the ‘Royal College of Defence Studies’ in 1970. The unofficial emblem crest is a representation of the ‘Beast’ with the trident representing the Royal Navy, the lion the Army and the wings of the lion the Royal Air Force.
Our coat of arms
The basic feature of the shield is the Royal Crown which is a special privilege granted to the college. The book refers to the educational activities of the college and the green background is included to indicate the distinctive green onyx which decorates Seaford House and is a feature of the building.
The supporters were inspired by the Beast and are in accord with the historical use of lions or leopards in royal heraldry. They are rendered distinctive by the inclusion of the wolf from the arms of Lord Hankey and the lion from those of Sir Winston Churchill, both of whom were involved in the establishment of the college.
The motto can be translated as ‘concord (or co-operation) strengthens the limbs’ or, more usefully, ‘strength through unity’.
The estate given by the nation to Marlborough for the new palace was the manor of Woodstock, sometimes called the Palace of Woodstock, which had been a royal demesne, in reality little more than a deer park. Legend has obscured the manor’s origins. King Henry I enclosed the park to contain the deer. Henry II housed his mistress Rosamund Clifford (sometimes known as “Fair Rosamund”) there in a “bower and labyrinth”; a spring where she is said to have bathed remains, named after her. It seems the unostentatious hunting lodge was rebuilt many times
The Spencer family is one of Britain’s most illustrious aristocratic families. This noble family descended in the male line from Henry Spencer, claimed to be a descendant of the cadet branch of the ancient House Le Despencer (died c. 1478), male-line ancestor of the Earls of Sunderland, the Dukes of Marlborough, and the Earls Spencer. Two prominent members of the family were Winston Churchill and Diana, Princess of Wales.