History lesson

PUBLISHED : Monday, 14 July, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 14 July, 1997, 12:00am

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.