"and Thistle," (U15.4451)

The Order of the Thistle is an order of chivalry associated with Scotland. An ancient Order, it was revived by James VII (also King of England as James II) in 1687. The Order consists of the Sovereign (who alone grants membership) and 16 (Scottish-borne) Knights and Ladies, plus "extra" knights (members of the British Royal Family, or foreign monarchs). The Order's emblem is the thistle. Its badge depicts St Andrew, wearing a green gown and purple coat, holding a saltire, surrounded by the Order's motto 'Nemo me impune lacessit' (Latin: No one provokes me with impunity). Edward was indeed a Knight of the Thistle (1867).