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"Honour: A Tapestry of Sacrifice, Celebration, and Courage" In the depths of history, it has been woven into the fabric of our existence

Background imageHonour Collection: The Great Sacrifice by James Clark, WW1

The Great Sacrifice by James Clark, WW1
The Great Sacrifice by James Clark, originally published in the 1914 Christmas number of The Graphic. Depicting a dead soldier on a battlefield with an ethereal image of Christ on the cross shining

Background imageHonour Collection: Free French - Honour the Maquis

Free French - Honour the Maquis. The Maquis were rural guerrilla bands of French Resistance fighters, called maquisards, during the Occupation of France in World War II Date: circa 1941

Background imageHonour Collection: Roman orgy to celebrate the Saturnalia

Roman orgy to celebrate the Saturnalia
Roman men and women having an orgy to celebrate the Saturnalia, held in honour of the god Saturn. Date: circa 1st century

Background imageHonour Collection: Great Orders of Knighthood and other high decorations

Great Orders of Knighthood and other high decorations
Insignia of the chief orders following in importance that of the Garter. The ribbons are represented by the backgrounds, except in the Order of Merit, and that of the Companions of Honour. Date: 1937

Background imageHonour Collection: Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, 1953

Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, 1953
General view of the State Procession down the Nave led by H. M. The Queen, flanked by her Maids of Honour after the Coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey on June 2nd 1953. 1953

Background imageHonour Collection: Saving the Queens Colour at the Battle of Isandlwana (colour litho)

Saving the Queens Colour at the Battle of Isandlwana (colour litho)
3697386 Saving the Queens Colour at the Battle of Isandlwana (colour litho) by Neuville, Alphonse Marie de (1835-85); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageHonour Collection: Coronation. Royal Marine Guard of Honour march past

Coronation. Royal Marine Guard of Honour march past
A contingent of The Royal Marines march into position as part of the Guard of Honour outside the west door of the Abbey. They will hold a position to the extreme right of the picture. 1953

Background imageHonour Collection: Colonel Rollet, French Foreign Legion, France, WW1

Colonel Rollet, French Foreign Legion, France, WW1
Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Frederic Rollet (1875-1941), General in the French Foreign Legion, Regiment de Marche. Seen here during the First World War, probably at Verdun, northern France

Background imageHonour Collection: Fitzwilliam Bewicke-Copley wedding

Fitzwilliam Bewicke-Copley wedding
Scene at the wedding of Lord Fitzwilliam (Major Hubert Francis Fitzwilliam Brabazon Foljambe) to the Hon Gladys Bewicke-Copley, with an archway of swords provided by the Royal Horse Guards

Background imageHonour Collection: German Student Duel / 1880

German Student Duel / 1880
A German students duel at Gottingen. The Mensur, as practised by German fraternities, is a fast yet rarely-lethal affair with cuts accepted as marks of honour

Background imageHonour Collection: Awarding Victoria Cross

Awarding Victoria Cross
His Majesty King George V investing 2nd Lieutenant C.L. Cox of the 150th Field Co. R.E. with the Victoria Cross at the 2nd Army Headquarters, Blendecques, France

Background imageHonour Collection: Foreign Legionnaire

Foreign Legionnaire
A foreign Legionnaire, carrying the flag of honour on his back

Background imageHonour Collection: Opening of the Mersey Tunnel - Liverpool

Opening of the Mersey Tunnel - Liverpool Date: 1934

Background imageHonour Collection: The Ten Scout Laws, 1923 (colour litho)

The Ten Scout Laws, 1923 (colour litho)
473030 The Ten Scout Laws, 1923 (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: 1. A Scouts honour is to be trusted. 2)

Background imageHonour Collection: Massena - a pre-dreadnought battleship of the French Navy

Massena - a pre-dreadnought battleship of the French Navy
Massena was a pre-dreadnought battleship of the French Navy, built in the 1890s. A member of a group of five broadly similar battleships, ordered in response to the British Royal Sovereign class

Background imageHonour Collection: Lady Rosemary Spencer-Churchill

Lady Rosemary Spencer-Churchill (born 1929), married name Muir, youngest daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough. Pictured in The Illustrated London News in 1953 when she was selected to be

Background imageHonour Collection: Wedding of Viscount Althorp and Hon. Frances Roche in Tatler

Wedding of Viscount Althorp and Hon. Frances Roche in Tatler
Page from The Tatler reporting on the wedding of Viscount Althorp (later Earl Spencer) and the Hon. Frances Roche, the parents of Diana, Princess of Wales

Background imageHonour Collection: Les Diables Bleus - 21st Regiment of the Chasseurs Alpins

Les Diables Bleus - 21st Regiment of the Chasseurs Alpins
Les Diables Bleus - the 21st Regiment of the Chasseurs Alpins. A platoon on a mountain path by a stream. Pierre Comba (1859-1934)

Background imageHonour Collection: Lady Jane Vane-Tempest-Stewart

Lady Jane Vane-Tempest-Stewart, elder daughter of the Marquess of Londonderry and the later Marchioness of Londonderry, was chosen by the Queen as one of the six maids of honour to carry her train at

Background imageHonour Collection: Medina, Saudi Arabia - Hajj Pilgrimage - Sacred Carpet

Medina, Saudi Arabia - Hajj Pilgrimage - Sacred Carpet
Medina, Saudi Arabia - Hajj Pilgrimage - The Guard of Honour and Custodians of the Sacred Carpet Date: circa 1905

Background imageHonour Collection: QUEENs DOCK, HULL. The Port of Hull is a trading port located at the confluence of the River Hull

QUEENs DOCK, HULL. The Port of Hull is a trading port located at the confluence of the River Hull and the Humber Estuary in the city of Kingston upon Hull in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England

Background imageHonour Collection: Roll of Honour. Commemorative Art

Roll of Honour. Commemorative Art
Roll of Honour of 18158 Private F G Outlaw, Z Company, 6th Battalion Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, including photograph. Commemorative Art

Background imageHonour Collection: The Queen presents the F. A. Cup to Newcastle

The Queen presents the F. A. Cup to Newcastle
The Queen hands the F.A. Cup to the Newcastle captain, Jimmy Scoular, watched by the Secretary of the Football Association, Sir Stanley Rous. B

Background imageHonour Collection: Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) No pasaran!

Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) No pasaran! (They Shall not Pass). Poster in honour of the popular militia (July 1936)

Background imageHonour Collection: Arthurian Tournament

Arthurian Tournament
Lancelot defeats Sir Mador de la Porte in the battle to uphold the honour of Guinevere

Background imageHonour Collection: W. S. P. U Welcome Dinner Released Prisoners

W. S. P. U Welcome Dinner Released Prisoners
W.S.P.U Welcome Dinner Released Prisoners. A menu for the Welcome Dinner in Honour of Released Prisoners, 16th February 1912. The prisoners including Mrs

Background imageHonour Collection: Llangollen, Wales - Elisegs Pillar

Llangollen, Wales - Elisegs Pillar - erected in honour of King Eliseg of Powys circa 9th century Date: circa 1910s

Background imageHonour Collection: Allied Military Leaders receive Legion of Honour Grand Croix

Allied Military Leaders receive Legion of Honour Grand Croix
Allied Military Leaders - WWII era. General Gamelin, Commander-in-chief of the Allied Armies; General Sir Edmund Ironside, Chief of the British Imperial General Staff; General Viscount Gort

Background imageHonour Collection: In Memoriam - scene in Tewkesbury Abbey, WW1

In Memoriam - scene in Tewkesbury Abbey, WW1
A lone woman stands alone in front of a roll of honour, with the Union flag hanging over it inside Tewkesbury Abbey in Gloucestershire during the First World War. Date: 1919

Background imageHonour Collection: The Queen wearing the imperial crown

The Queen wearing the imperial crown, members of the royal family, and maids of honour, on the balcony at the palace for the fly-past of the RAF following her Coronation on 2nd June 1953. 1953

Background imageHonour Collection: Sir Douglas Haig and Vice Admiral Keyes at Dover

Sir Douglas Haig and Vice Admiral Keyes at Dover
Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig (1861-1928) and Vice Admiral Sir Roger John Brownlow Keyes (1872-1945) inspecting a Royal Navy guard of honour on their arrival at Dover, Kent. circa December 1918

Background imageHonour Collection: Oak Apple Day at Chelsea Hospital

Oak Apple Day at Chelsea Hospital
Lord Roberts takes the salute of the Chelsea Pensioners as they march past the statue of Charles II, which is covered with oak branches in honour of Oak Apple Day

Background imageHonour Collection: Greece / Custom / Pallas

Greece / Custom / Pallas
A procession in honour of Pallas Athene

Background imageHonour Collection: Antiochus III of Syria returns Scipios captured son

Antiochus III of Syria returns Scipios captured son
Antiochus III of Syria, though an enemy, returns the Roman leader Scipio Africanuss captured son without demanding a ransom

Background imageHonour Collection: Investiture of Narses by the Goddess Anahita, Sasanian, 226-651 AD (stone)

Investiture of Narses by the Goddess Anahita, Sasanian, 226-651 AD (stone)
XIR279368 Investiture of Narses by the Goddess Anahita, Sasanian, 226-651 AD (stone) by Persian School; Naqsh-e Rostam, Iran; (add.info.: Narses (d)

Background imageHonour Collection: Glenda May Jackson CBE (born 9 May 1936) is a British actress

Glenda May Jackson CBE (born 9 May 1936) is a British actress and former Labour Party politician. She is among the few performers to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting

Background imageHonour Collection: Fencing in front of the President of the Republic, Palais de l Elysee, 1895. Artist: F Meaulle

Fencing in front of the President of the Republic, Palais de l Elysee, 1895. Artist: F Meaulle
Fencing in front of the President of the Republic, Palais de l Elysee, 1895. An illustration from Le Petit Journal, 9th June 1895

Background imageHonour Collection: WW1 - Duty and Honour bid us part - Joining up in 1914

WW1 - Duty and Honour bid us part - Joining up in 1914 - a British country gent leaves his Mother and joins up with many of his mates from the village. Date: 1914

Background imageHonour Collection: Saladin, Sultan of Egypt and Syria

Saladin, Sultan of Egypt and Syria
Saladin (1137-1193), Sultan of Egypt and Syria. Saladin led Islamic opposition to the European armies during the Crusades

Background imageHonour Collection: Celebrating Bacchus

Celebrating Bacchus
Country folk celebrate a festival in honour of the God of wine: Bacchus. (Greek: Dionysus)

Background imageHonour Collection: Lieutenant Eyre Massey Shaw

Lieutenant Eyre Massey Shaw
Portrait of Lt. Eyre Massey Shaw of the Middlesex Regiment. The son of Captain B. Shaw and the grandson of the late Eyre Massey Shaw, he was killed on 30 July 1916 during World War I

Background imageHonour Collection: British War Medal, First World War 1914-1918

British War Medal, First World War 1914-1918
This medal was awarded to Lieutenant Colonel F. Call. It is one of 17 campaign medals awarded to members of the Call family, now in the museum collection

Background imageHonour Collection: Parade in honor of Olympic victors, 1912. Creator: Bain News Service

Parade in honor of Olympic victors, 1912. Creator: Bain News Service
Parade in honor of Olympic victors, 1912. Showing a parade in New York City, near Madison Square Park, for the 5th Olympic Games, held in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1912

Background imageHonour Collection: The Appointment Of The Blessed Alessandro Sauli As Superior General Of The Barnabites, 1610-1624

The Appointment Of The Blessed Alessandro Sauli As Superior General Of The Barnabites, 1610-1624

Background imageHonour Collection: Garibaldi in England: presentation of the freedom of the City of London...at Guildhall, 1864

Garibaldi in England: presentation of the freedom of the City of London...at Guildhall, 1864. Creator: Unknown
Garibaldi in England: presentation of the freedom of the City of London...at Guildhall, 1864. View of...the interior of the Council Chamber at Guildhall

Background imageHonour Collection: 20083961

20083961
BULGARIA Sofia Saint Sofia Statue. Travel Tourism Holiday Vacation Explore Recreation Leisure Sightseeing Tourist Attraction Tour St Saint Sofia Capital City Bulgaria Bulgarian History Historic

Background imageHonour Collection: 20083962

20083962
BULGARIA Sofia Saint Sofia Statue. Saint Sofia Statue Sofia Bulgaria Mel Longhurst 9164 Travel Tourism Holiday Vacation Adventure Explore Recreation Leisure Sightseeing Tourist Attraction Tour St

Background imageHonour Collection: The youth of Bacchus (La jeunesse de Bacchus), 1884. Creator: Bouguereau, William-Adolphe

The youth of Bacchus (La jeunesse de Bacchus), 1884. Creator: Bouguereau, William-Adolphe
The youth of Bacchus (La jeunesse de Bacchus), 1884. Private Collection



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"Honour: A Tapestry of Sacrifice, Celebration, and Courage" In the depths of history, it has been woven into the fabric of our existence, and is a concept that transcends time and place, embodying the essence of sacrifice, celebration, and courage. From the haunting image captured in "The Great Sacrifice" by James Clark during WW1 to the resplendent Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, honour stands as a testament to humanity's noblest aspirations. Amidst the chaos and devastation of war, we witness how honour binds individuals together. The rallying cry to "Honour the Maquis" echoes through Free France during World War II when brave souls fought against tyranny with unwavering resolve. In another era, at Colonel Rollet's side in the French Foreign Legion during WW1 stood men who embodied honour amidst unimaginable hardships. But it is not only on battlefields where honour shines brightest; it also graces moments of grandeur and celebration. As Royal Marine Guards march past during a regal coronation ceremony or when Fitzwilliam Bewicke-Copley exchanged vows with his beloved - these are instances where tradition intertwines with dignity and respect. Yet even within ancient customs lies an understanding that they are take many forms. From Roman orgies celebrating Saturnalia to German student duels in 1880s - they may seem unconventional but still reflect societies' attempts to uphold their own unique sense of integrity. And then there are those extraordinary acts that command universal admiration - awarding Victoria Crosses for exceptional bravery or witnessing foreign legionnaires standing tall despite adversity. These epitomize valiance beyond measure while reminding us all what true honour looks like. Finally, as we delve into modern times with events like Liverpool's Mersey Tunnel opening or Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's reign spanning decades - we find ourselves surrounded by symbols representing collective achievements rooted in honour.