The Three Feathers

The Three Feathers – Prince of Wales Badge

The Three Feathers

A little bit of history

The Prince of Wales feathers is the heraldic badge of the Prince of Wales. It consists of three feathers behind a gold coronet. A ribbon below the coronet bears the motto – “Icj dien” which is German for “I serve”

The badge is thought to have originated with Edward the Black Prince – ruler of Wales.

According to legend, the Black Prince obtained the arms from the blind John I of Bohemia against whom he fought in the battle of Crecy in 1346.

After the battle the Prince went to the body of the dead king and took his helmet which was lined with ostrich feathers and the dead king’s motto made up the Prince’s new badge and came to be used by subsequent Prince’s of Wales

There are indications that the Arms were inherited by the Prince from his father.

Technically the badge should be described as the Duke of Corwall’s feathers, as the badge is that of the eldest son of the Sovereign whether he has been invested or not as the Prince of Wales.

Our replica is made as near as possible to the original piece. It has been two tone plated in gold and silver and has been hand set.