(This article is based on an article that appeared in Wales Online on 25th November 2018)
There’s something I dislike about the Welsh rugby jersey. It’s not the design, certainly not the colour or even the tight fit. It’s those aweful three feathers!
The emblem on the jersey was modified by the WRU in the 1990’s however it still erks me that they are there at all.
The simple fact is they’re not Welsh and should not be anywhere near the Welsh jersey. Thankfully the Welsh Football Association have gone a diffeent route with an emblem that is Welsh and is a reflection of Wales.
The emblem originated, or so the legend goes, at the end of the Battle of Crecy, the first major battle of the Hundred Years War, 1346 The English Black Prince took the helmet of John I of Bohemia, which was adourned with Ostrich feathers and from there developed the feathered emblem we know today.
The Three Feathers design itself is based on the Fleur de Lis, which was first known for sure to have been used on the field by the French king Philippe II (1180-1214).
The Heraldic badge also has no connection whatsoever with Wales’ last native Prince, Owain Glyndwr (1415).
The emblem has also been used for Welsh millitary regiments in the “british” army.
And because of it’s continued use, it has, for some, become a symbol of Wales and not just the so called “Prince of Wales” a title that is bestowed upon the first born son of an English Monarch.
But as I’ve said, The feathers are not Welsh and do not truely represent Wales. And the motto “Ich Dien” or “I Serve” in German is salt in the wound and is an insult to us, rather than a motto to be proud of. I suppose the unionists will say otherwise.
The uncomfortable truth is that the three feathers of an English prince that has no connection to Wales whatsoever, continue to be used as a symbol of pride without substance, credebillity or elegibillity. The sooner Wales drops these symbols of oppression, the sooner Wales can move forward and find itself again.
My name is Lee Felton, I’m one of the editors on Ein GWALD’s News Portal, National Secretary and Graphics Officer. I have a Valley’s working class background and I’m not afraid to say what I think. If i’m wrong, I’m wrong, and I’ll be the first to put my hand up.