Wednesday, January 11, 2012

My husband, the polar bear

I have linked The Duke to the polar bear on many occasions.


  1. "And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a BEAR, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority." Revelation 13:2

    If you check Prince William's coat of arms you'll notice that the little animal on top which resembles to a lion is not in fact a lion: the body is too slightly and reminds more of a leopard/jaguar type of feline. Besides in heraldry a leopard and a lion passant guardant (passant = walking, guardant = the head faces the viewer) are depicted identically: “The lions (that is all the lions except for the one on top of the crown) in the coat of arms of Wales, England, and Estonia are passant gardant. In French blazon this charge is called a leopard”.

    Now if you check the description of William's coat of arms at the bottom of this page:,_Duke_of_Cambridge.svg

    you’ll find out that the upper ‘lion’ is not in the passant guardant but in the statant guardant position. BUT if you examine its feet and claws you’ll see that their depiction does not correspond to the conventional heraldry’s statant guardant position which should look like this:

    So this animal definitely looks like a leopard with the feet of a bear. As for the fact that its mouth is the mouth of a lion it’s pretty obvious.

  2. ...

    "The position of the head determines the species. This practice leads some people to insist that the beasts in the royal arms of England and Estonia are leopards, not lions. The correct answer to this question is unknown; nevertheless, they are depicted with a mane. The case of depiction of a lioness lends another problem in these debates, since no mane would be depicted, yet they are the members of the species who develop the strategic and co-operative hunting behaviours that are so admired. They often are described simply as lions. Furthermore, Panthera (panthera is another name for leopard) is the genus for Panthera leo and may be abbreviated easily for application to lionesses, providing further inaccuracies. The cultural inclinations toward all things "male" as dominant after classical times lend a bias in this application as well as other developing tradition"

  3. I haven't approached this before on the blog because it's pretty well know as it is described in details in the The Antichrist and a Cup of Tea (about Charles); however I appreciate you bringing this point up and your comment, just the same.

    I believe the lion is male-like but androgynous (man and woman) for good reason.

  4. didn't know it was so well known. Never heard of The Antichrist and a Cup of Tea anyway...

  5. The Antichrist and a Cup of Tea - if I recall correctly, came out about 10 years ago. It points to Prince Charles. The book is excellent if you can get a copy.