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Wales In the Royal Arms.

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Wales In the Royal Arms. SHOULD THE PRINCIPALITY BE INSEITTED A DIFFICULTY. The Arms of Wales (says the London "Daily News") are not included in the quar- ter in gs of the Royal Arms. Welshmen are anxious the Principality should be repre- sented, as are the Arms of Scotland and Ire- land, and they consider the present a favourable opportunity on which to make the addition. It is no new idea. The pro- ject was mooted some time ago, and when the matter was brought to his notice the Prime Minister thought it becoming on his part to give expression to some character- istically caustic and' sarcastic remarks con- cerning it. The subject has now been re- vived, the Corporation of Cardiff voicing the desire of the people most interested. It 'is not, however, strictly correct to say 1 that the Heralds' College have received in- structions to report on the quarterings of the Royal Arms with a view to the inclu- sion of the Red Dragon of Wales. A fresh memorial has been addressed to Lord Salis- bury. This was what a. representative of the "Daily News" was told by one of the Heralds at the College of Arms. "Would," asked the correspondent, "the inclusion the Welsh people are so anxious to see made raise any serious difficulty in heraldry?" "No," replied the Herald "that is not the real difficulty that might be apprehended. Were any alteration made it would at once be followed by a demand from the Colonies for inclusion also, and then the national flag, which is now very beautiful, would be- come like Joseph's coat, a thing of many colours." "Upon whose instructions would the col- lege act in such a matter ?" "It is entirely a matter for the King. Tt lies altogether with his Majesty, who is the 'fountain of honour.' The college has not yet been approached on the matter by any- one." It was four o'clock, and the interview was closed down before the wr'iter could ask the herald whether in the science of heraldry the expression "fountain of honour" has any other meaning than in the common par- lance, as, unless it has, the conjunction in which it was used 'is somewhat superfluous. A member of the "Daily Chronicle" staff called at the Herald's College on Friday with reference to a rumour suggesting the inclusion of the arms of Wales in the Royal Arms. He was told that the only basis for the rumour was this—many Welsh people had written to the Herald's College urging the inclusion of the arms of the Principa- lity >in the Royal Arms of our new King, and on the Royal Standard. Was this an original proposal ? "Oh, no," came the answer, "it is really an old sub- ject but nakirally this is a time at which we may expect it to be raised." Was it likely to come to anything? The official shook his head, as if he much, doubted whether it would or could. If you go back to the time of Edward III. he said, "you Will find Wales with distinctive arms; but that is very long ago. At present the Royal Standard-—or, rather, I should call it the Royal Banner-ÍB a very good flag in a heraldic sense. But if you are to include Wales in its quarterings, why not also Australia, or Canada, or South Africa ? The thing would be endless, and the result a Joseph's coat of many colours." However, it seems clear that "gallant ilittle Wales" is inclined to be serious on this matter. It says, in effect, "We have given you a Prince of Wales for King. Could there be a better moment for plac- ing our arms beside those of England, Scot- land, and Ireland ?" Wales is not content to take it merely that, the less being part of the greater, Wales is part of the king- dom. It wants to be Wales individually, as well as part and parcel of the Empire. Ac- cordingly, it will be interesting to see if anything results from the movement-if it can, as yet, be called a movement. The decision, at all events, is with the King.

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