We are delighted to feature the Coat of Arms of Guernsey, the official symbol of the Island, on our latest Post & Go stamps. We know that Edward I, in 1279, despatched to his Bailiff in Guernsey a specially cut seal of office bearing the Royal Arms, but what are the origins of the three lions?
Henry I, who was known as the “Lion of England”, had a single lion on his standard when he entered power in 1100. When he married his second wife, Adeliza of Louvain, in 1121, he added a second lion in honour of her father, who also had a lion on his shield. In 1154, two lions became three when Henry’s grandson, Henry II, married Eleanor of Aquitaine, whose family crest was also a lion.
GY Letter: Cup & Saucer - Fort Grey
GY Large: Coastal Wild Flowers
UK Letter: Curious Guernsey
UK Large: Fishing at dawn
EUR: Castle Breakwater Lighthouse
ROW: Rockpooling at Cobo