Monday, March 17, 2014

Crowned heart

St Patrick's Day, and Google have chosen a "Claddagh" or crowned heart design for their celebratory logo.

The crown used is an imperial crown (with hoops), which in heraldry is a symbol of "victory, sovereignty, and empire".

No native Irish king ever wore an imperial crown (although the British monarch is descended from the O'Neil high kings of Ireland, and still reigns over Northern Ireland which is an integral part of the United Kingdom).
Curiously this article in the Guardian (by an anonymous "staff reporter") makes no mention of the crown but instead talks about a shamrock:

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