Your 'That was then . . . this is now' piece for July 3 contains an error.
The motto on the British Royal Arms 'Honi soit qui mal y pense' actual means 'Shame Be to He Who Thinks Evil'.
The story is that during one of the early Norman courts, a lady's garter broke and slipped down around her ankle, to scandalised titters from the rest of the court.
The king (I can't remember which one) admonished, 'Honi soit qui mal y pense'.
This was also, I believe, the source of the Order of the Garter.
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