Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

The Queen's Commonwealth Orders

One of my regular correspondents - indeed he might be described as in  the old Daily Telegraph style as a Special Correspondent for this blog - sent me the link to the Royal Collection website and this gallery of the Queen’s Commonwealth Orders:

The site is interactive, so simply click on the individual images of the insignia to get more information about each Order.

As my friend points out what is particularly interesting about it is that it shows the ‘crown jewels’ of some of the Queen’s other realms; namely the Sovereign’s insignia of the Antiguan Order of the Nation, the Order of Australia, the Order of Canada and the Canadian Order of Military Merit, the Order of New Zealand and the New Zealand Queen’s Service Order, and the Papua New Guinean Order of Logohu.

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