The first white rose from our garden this year.
The white rose is the symbol of Yorkshire (traditionally the origins of the emblem are said to go back to Edmund of Langley in the 14th century, the first Duke of York and the founder of the House of York as a Cadet branch of the then ruling House of Plantagenet.
The actual symbolism behind the rose has religious connotations as it represents the Virgin Mary, who was often called the Mystical Rose of Heaven. The York rose is white in colour, because in Christian liturgical symbolism, white is the symbol of light, typifying innocence and purity, joy and glory.
During the civil wars of the 15th century, the White Rose was the symbol of York forces opposed to the rival House of Lancaster, whose symbol was the Red Rose of Lancaster.
The opposition of the two roses gave the wars their name: the Wars of the Roses. The conflict was ended by King Henry VII of England, who symbolically united the White and Red Roses to create the Tudor Rose, symbol of the Tudor dynasty.
At the Battle of Minden on August 1, 1759, Yorkshiremen of the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry's predecessor the 51st Regiment picked white roses from bushes near to the battlefields as a tribute to their fallen comrades who had died. They stuck the plucked white roses in their coats as a tribute.
Yorkshire Day is held on this date each year!
For the jubilee. You don't have to be a 'Royalist' to enjoy the atmosphere and pleasure that you see in so many people!
The Queen celebrates her Diamond Jubilee today, 60 years... I admire her achievement.
I don't envy her though, I'm happy with my life the way it is...
Have a glorious day and thank you for your valid comments, Magda, (*_*)
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