in the UK royal coat of arms what does dieu ET Mon Droid mean and why isnt it English?
- 1 decade agoBest Answer
Don't know what it means, but I do know that for a long time, all the nobles and kings spoke Norman French at court, and many of them didn't even speak English at all, it was unseemly.
- Adam JLv 61 decade ago
It's French for 'God and my right.' While I'm not a historian, the England was conquered by the Normans invading from France and for much of the middle ages the English monarch was highly involved in France, ruling parts of the country at times. During much of the middle ages British nobility probably spoke French, and it might have been considered a more refined language than the Germanic based tongues spoken by the natives, and thus more fitting for a national motto. Somewhat like the latin (e pluribus unum etc) that shows up on American currency and official seals.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Perhaps you meant
Dieu et mon droite.
- 1 decade ago
because the royal family used to speak french in times of yorn. it means for god and my right.
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- Brand XLv 61 decade ago
God is my right (ET means 'and' but I think you meant EST). I don't know why it ain't in English.