Bible Prophecy Research
Misc Study: Coat of Arms of Prince Charles of Wales
Date: November 06, 2000
Update: June 11, 2002
Coat of Arms of Prince Charles of Wales
Coat of Arms
of Prince Charles of Wales
"Prince Charles of Wales"
Charles Philip Arthur George
on November 14, 1948
to the Duke of Edinburgh Philip Mountbatten
and Princess Elizabeth (present Queen of England)
Prince Charles was granted his heraldic achievement (or coat of arms) at the age of 13.
It contains the following "royal devices" or symbols:
First note that mythological animals and
imaginative creatures, monsters and hybrids are popular devices in heraldry and, in
heraldic language, are referred to as "beasts."
This beast on the left-hand
side of Charles' coat of arms has the head and mouth of a lion, the body of a leopard, and
the feet of a bear. Typically in heraldry, lions have only three claws per foot
while bears will have four or five. This lion has four claws and thus resembles
those of a bear. Traditionally in heraldry, the lion has represented
England, however Prince Charles' heraldic representation is totally unique in history even
differing from that of his mother's, Queen Elizabeth, whose lion has the typical three
claws per foot.
(Rev 13:2 KJV) And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard,
and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth
of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
Note the design around the lion's neck. This image is called the "eldest-son
label" and has been described by Tim Cohen (The AntiChrist and a Cup of Tea,
pg. 124) as "three parallel horns which are, in a manner of speaking, 'plucked out by
the roots' (i.e., turned upside down)." The eldest-son label is a
"distinctive mark" of all succeeding Princes of Wales. Other members of
the British royal family have labels that have more than three descending
"horns." There are a total of five eldest-son labels on the coat of arms:
on the left-side lion, the head lion, the unicorn, the red dragon, and at the top of the
center shield where 10 lions are depicted.
(Dan 7:8 KJV) I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another
little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the
roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth
speaking great things.
This region presented on the left
is from the top of Charles' shield and is thus called the "head" of the overall
coat of arms. Pictured is another lion with the eldest-son label around its neck
standing on top of a crown and a "gold helm." The helm is made up of seven
curved bars or "horns." These seven horns, along with the three horns from
the eldest-son label make a total of 10 horns in the head region of the coat of arms.
(Dan 7:20 KJV) And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other
which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a
mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows.
Note that Daniel speaks of 10 horns in his head, i.e., singular head, not
plural. The word for "head" here is the Aramaic noun
"resh" which corresponds to the Hebrew "rosh." It often refers
to the head as a body part, or could be that of an animal or statue. It sometimes
refers to a leader or "chief" as well.
To the right of the head of the coat of arms is
a representation of a unicorn. "In heraldry, this unicorn represents not only
Scotland, but also a counterfeit Christ" (Cohen, pg 184). Symbolically, the
unicorn in the past has represented Alexander the Great (Dan 8:5, goat with one horn) and
Antiochus Epiphanes, a type of anti-Christ (Dan 8:9, "a little horn").
Mythologically, the unicorn probably originated in ancient Babylon and today is a symbol
adopted by New Agers to represent "a great world leader" whom they expect to
bring world peace to earth. Interestingly, in "Christian" symbolism, the
unicorn has also represented the Virgin Mary.
In heraldry, and even historical
representations, the unicorn's eyes are round and black, i.e., no visible eye-whites.
(Queen Elizabeth's heraldic unicorn is depicted as thus.) Charles' design has the
eyes shaped more like those of a human with noticeable eye-whites, (although not easily
recognized in this particular copy.)
(Dan 7:8 KJV) ...and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man,
and a mouth speaking great things.
Note the chain leading from the unicorn and connecting it to the base of the arms
(directly above the red dragon.) In heraldry this chain functions as a
"restrainer" (cf. 2 Thess 2:6-7).
At the base of the coat of arms is the heraldic
symbol of Wales, the red dragon. The flag of Wales, approved in 1953, pictures a red
dragon on a green and white flag with the motto "Y Ddraig Goch Ddyry Cychwyn,"
meaning "The red dragon gives the lead" (Cohen, pg 196). Note that the
eldest-son label is around the neck of the dragon, thus associating it with Prince
Opposite the red dragon is Charles' badge as the heir-apparent to the British throne.
It consists of three ostrich feathers surrounded by a crown with the motto Ich
Dien. The meaning of Ich Dien is "I serve" in German.
In old Welsh, Eich Dyn, as some believe the motto is a corruption of, is
"Your man." The motto and ostrich feathers are associated with "the
Black Prince" (Edward III's son). Reading the motto and symbols from right to
left, the following message is possibly conveyed :
Ich, the Black Prince, Dien the Red Dragon
(I, the Black Prince, serve the Red Dragon)
The reference for the above study is The AntiChrist and a Cup of
Tea by Tim Cohen, Prophecy House, Inc., 1998. Mr. Cohen goes into much
greater detail about these and other symbols in Prince Charles' heraldic
achievement. I highly recommend this book. It is certainly a fascinating
volume of work. Please visit our reference
guide for further information concerning The AntiChrist and a Cup of Tea.
Listen to Tim Cohen speak about his book on the Sid Roth show:
Date: Sept. 11-15, 2000
(each show is 15 minutes long)
Hear him on The Missler Report:
Date: November 2-4, 1998
(each show 12 minutes long)