Wednesday, 13 February 2013
Badge of the German Princess
Anne of Cleves' badge is very different from Henry VIII's previous three wives in colour and form. The escarbuncle (the main feature of her badge) is a symbol sovereignty or a precious gemstone. Her badge was not as packed with symbols as the other Queen's had been - in fact the only unique feature of any meaning other than the escarbuncle, is the colour: gold.
Gold symbolised not only the luxury colour that we associate it with but both generosity and enlightenment. But - as we know - Anne's badge spent a minimum space of time on the walls of the royal palaces.