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Last modified: 2002-06-28 by rob raeside
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Kent Regiments

The badges of some British regiments had a white horse that was not derived from the arms of Hanover:

  • The Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)
  • 20th County of London Battalion (Blackheath and Woolwich)
  • Queen's Own West Kent Yeomanry (Hussars)
  • Duke of Connaught's Own East Kent Yeomanry (Mounted Rifles)
These are all regiments associated with the County of Kent, one of the Saxon kingdoms supposed to have been founded by Hengist and Horsa. He was actually one person, but known as Hengist by the Frisians and Horsa by the Anglians - both words meaning 'horse'. The badge of Kent is a prancing white horse.

David Prothero, 2 June 1999

When the elector of Hanover became king of England the white horse seems to have been given prominence in other iconography. This may have been because, as others have noted, it was already a German symbol well accepted in England. The white horse of Hanover seems to be associated with the motto Nec Aspera Terrent, and the white horse of Kent with the motto Invicta.

T.F. Mills, 3 June 1999

Diocese of Rochester

[Flag of Diocese of Rochester] by Mike Oettle, 17 January 2002

The flag to be flown in the diocese of Rochester is the flag of St George with, in the canton, a shield of the arms: Argent on a saltire gules an escallop or.

Mike Oettle, 17 January 2002

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