Archeologists Find 12th Century Pendant Resembling English National Football Badge Ahead of Historic Euro 2022 Final
Archeologists uncovered an ancient 12th century pendant resembling the England National team soccer badge ahead of the first European Championships Final in the women’s team’s history.
The 920-year-old relic, which bears a striking resemblance to the iconic national team’s crest, was excavated from a field in Wormleighton, Warwickshire.
It depicts three golden lions on a field of red and was discovered at a site that experts believe would have been an Iron Age or Romano British settlement.
As if in premonition, days after the find was recovered, the “Lionesses” were victorious against national arch-rivals Germany, winning 2-1.
With the score tied 1-1 after normal time, Chloe Kelly scored in the 110th minute to seal the first major trophy in English national football for 56 years.
The Sun newspaper ran the headline “Move over fellas, it’s home.”
“You have all set an example that will be an inspiration for girls and women today, and for future generations,” said the Queen.
Back in Warwickshire, historians say it’s likely that the pendant would have decorated a horse’s harness in medieval England, adding that the form of heraldry associated with the arms of England was used by the Crown between 1189 and 1340.
Before this, William the Conqueror used two lions on a red background as his coat of arms and brought the symbol to the English throne.
It was Henry II who first used three lions on a red background, adding an extra lion when he married Eleanor of Aquitaine, possibly to represent his marriage into the family.
From this point onwards, the Three Lions would remain the symbol of the crown of England in the United Kingdom’s Royal Coat of Arms.
King Henry VII created the Tudor Rose, having ended the War of the Roses in 1485, and ten red roses still adorn the national teams’ crests today.
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