Posted by Champ on June 22, 1999 at 18:41:42:
*note: somehow this got lost yesterday, it did not appear on the board nor in the archives, so I'll repost here....enjoy [I know Kate did ;-) ]...
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The 'white cross on blue background' is the 'SALTIRE', Scotland's own flag. The 'gold background with the red lion rampant' centre is the flag of the Scottish monarchy - it is flown from the rooftop when the monarchy are in residence at whatever castle it is being flown from, ie. Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh (which was the tartan of my kilt that I was wearing on Sunday night!) or Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire. Also, the Queen Mother can fly it at her home, Castle of Mey, in Caithness (northern tip of Scotland). Technically speaking, they should not be flying it. They are NOT hereditary monarchs of Scotland. However, since 1706, they have taken THAT over, as well as the people! (Sorry, I guess it's pretty obvious I am Not a monarchist! In spite of yesterday's wedding!!)
>"For so long as a hundred of us remain alive,
we will never in any way be bowed beneath
the yoke of English domination;
for it is not for glory, riches or honour we fight, but for freedom
alone, that which no man of worth yields up, save with his
---the Declaration of Arbroath, 1320
Kate, I couldnt resist ;-)
(I know you'll appreciate the sentiment)...
proudly descended from the bloodlines
Gordon / MacKay / & Stewart
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