ROYALTY

FUR

The royal family since the beginning of time is responsible for billions of animal deaths due to their use of 'Fur'.

Ermine in heraldry is a "fur", or varied tincture, consisting of a white background with a pattern of black shapes representing the winter coat of the stoat (a species of weasel with white fur and a black-tipped tail). The linings of medieval coronation cloaks and some other garments, usually reserved for use by high-ranking peers and royalty, were made by sewing many ermine furs together to produce a luxurious white fur with patterns of hanging black-tipped tails. Due largely to the association of the ermine fur with the linings of coronation cloaks, crowns and peerage caps, the heraldic tincture of ermine was usually reserved to similar applications in heraldry (i.e., the linings of crowns and chapeaux and of the royal canopy).

 

 

 

 

Ermine spots

The ermine spot, the conventional heraldic representation of the tail, has had a wide variety of shapes over the centuries; its most usual representation has three tufts at the end (bottom), converges to a point at the root (top), and is attached by three studs. When "ermine" is specified as the tincture of the field (or occasionally of a charge), the spots are part of the tincture itself, rather than a semé or pattern of charges. The ermine spot (so specified), however, may also be used singly as a mobile charge, or as a mark of cadency signifying the absence of a blood relationship.

On a bend ermine, the tails follow the line of the bend. In the arms of William John Uncles, the field ermine is cut into bendlike strips by the three bendlets azure, so the ermine tails are (unusually) depicted bendwise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making George V’s coronation robe (Tailors working on the ermine coronation robes for the king and his queen)

King Henry VIII in 'Ermine'

Prince William has called for an end to the illegal killing of endangered wildlife, but there is a long tradition of royals hunting wild animals.  In  Sandringham there's a  'trophy room' and their Macabre collection includes stuffed animals and mounted heads.  They include rare rhinos, a leopard, elephant tusks and two stuffed lions.  In all, there are 62 trophies on show in Sandringham's intimate museum.   Of the modern royals, the Duke of Edinburgh’s body count is highest.  He is estimated to have shot a tiger, two crocodiles and countless stags.

Writing to her father-in-law George V from a safari in Africa, the Duchess of York — the future Queen Mother — gave a gripping account of the excitement of the kill.  ‘I took to shooting with a rifle, which I hope you won’t dislike me for,’ she wrote. ‘But really there was nothing else to do, and I enjoyed it so much, and became very bloodthirsty.  ‘First of all I shot birds as big as capercailzie for the pot, and then I shot buck, and by great flukes managed to kill and not wound, and then I shot a rhinoceros, which nearly broke my heart.’


 

 

 

 

HUNTING

A smiling Prince Harry crouches over the body of one-ton water buffalo moments after he shot it dead on a hunting trip.

This photograph has emerged less than a week after the young royal pledged to do all he could to save Africa’s critically endangered wildlife.  It also follows worldwide condemnation of another royal hunting trip just ten days before when Prince William went boar shooting in Spain.

HUNTING and FUR FARMING etc is an abomination to Jod .... We 'DETEST' the royal family! (Most of them end up in the 'Sea')