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Background imageInsignia Collection: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, c1953

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, c1953. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Wearing the Nizam of Hyderabad necklace made by Cartier, the George IV State Diadem and the insignia of the Order of the Garter

Background imageInsignia Collection: A row of Class 55 Deltic diesel locomotives built by English Electric in 1961-1962

A row of Class 55 Deltic diesel locomotives built by English Electric in 1961-1962. The fleet of 22 Deltics did the work of 55 A4 steam locomotives and cut an hour off the working timetable

Background imageInsignia Collection: United States Naval Construction Battalions - Seabees

United States Naval Construction Battalions - Seabees We Build and Fight with all our might! Date: 1942

Background imageInsignia Collection: Badges of Scottish Regiments - World War One

Badges of Scottish Regiments - World War One - Remember our Gallant Wounded Overseas and at the Dardanelles. Date: circa 1917

Background imageInsignia Collection: Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (1881 - 1938)

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (1881 - 1938) a Turkish army officer, revolutionary statesman, and founder of the Republic of Turkey as well as its first President. A very rare image

Background imageInsignia 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 imageInsignia Collection: How to recognise rank in the Royal Navy

How to recognise rank in the Royal Navy-a wartime advert for Dunlop fort tyres. Date: 1941

Background imageInsignia Collection: Coronation Procession, 1953

Coronation Procession, 1953
Double page spread artists impression of the Coronation procession of Queen Elizabeth II showing the various military and ceremonial representatives of the UK and Commonwealth

Background imageInsignia Collection: Coat of Arms of Portugal, 1898

Coat of Arms of Portugal, 1898

Background imageInsignia Collection: Flag of Ireland Illustration

Flag of Ireland Illustration
Also known as the " Tricolour, " the national flag of the Republic of Ireland has three equal stripes illustrate the Irish political landscape as accurately today as in 1848

Background imageInsignia Collection: WW2 Aircraft - A Spitfire and Heinkel 111K

WW2 Aircraft - A Spitfire and Heinkel 111K
WW2 - Engagement in the air between a German Heinkel 111K long-range bomber and an RAF Spitfire, which has secured a hit. Date: circa 1941

Background imageInsignia Collection: Flag of Canada

Flag of Canada
The flag of Canada, complete with autumnal maple leaves and a beaver! Showing the insignia if the various Canadian provinces on the flag, with the British crown on top

Background imageInsignia Collection: Illustration of flag of Scotland, with white saltire on blue field

Illustration of flag of Scotland, with white saltire on blue field

Background imageInsignia Collection: Illustration of flag of Israel, with blue Star of David between two horizontal blue stripes

Illustration of flag of Israel, with blue Star of David between two horizontal blue stripes on white field

Background imageInsignia Collection: Swiss flag on a mountain in the Alpstein Range, Appenzell, Switzerland, Alps, Europe

Swiss flag on a mountain in the Alpstein Range, Appenzell, Switzerland, Alps, Europe

Background imageInsignia Collection: Photograph of a British Railways diesel locomotive, taken during the British Transport

Photograph of a British Railways diesel locomotive, taken during the British Transport Films production of A Corporate Identity filmed during April 1964

Background imageInsignia Collection: Metropolitan Police officers with hand ambulance

Metropolitan Police officers with hand ambulance
Three Metropolitan Police officers posing for their photograph with a Bischoffsheim hand ambulance at the rear of Uxbridge Police Station

Background imageInsignia Collection: Massachusetts Bay Colony seal

Massachusetts Bay Colony seal
Insignia of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction

Background imageInsignia Collection: Royal Proclamation 1914

Royal Proclamation 1914
Proclamation by King George V calling for men for the Royal Naval Reserve, Royal Fleet Reserve, and for officers and men of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

Background imageInsignia Collection: Badge of the Royal Armoured Corps

Badge of the Royal Armoured Corps. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageInsignia Collection: Map of ancient Abruzzo, by Giovan Battista Pacichelli, engraving, 1702

Map of ancient Abruzzo, by Giovan Battista Pacichelli, engraving, 1702
Cartography, Italy, 18th century. Ancient Abruzzo. From The Kingdom of Naples in perspective by Giovan Battista Pacichelli, 1702. Engraving

Background imageInsignia Collection: Portuguese flag, Portugal, Europe

Portuguese flag, Portugal, Europe

Background imageInsignia Collection: Flag of Togo

Flag of Togo

Background imageInsignia Collection: Order of the Garter

Order of the Garter
The Order of the GARTER, and its insignia

Background imageInsignia Collection: Christs College

Christs College
circa 1930: The gateway of Christs College, Cambridge, depicting the college crest. (Photo by Herbert Felton/Herbert Felton/Getty Images)

Background imageInsignia Collection: Illustration of national flag and state ensign of Colombia, a horizontal tricolor of yellow

Illustration of national flag and state ensign of Colombia, a horizontal tricolor of yellow, blue and red

Background imageInsignia Collection: Illustration of flag of Cuba, with field of five blue and white stripes

Illustration of flag of Cuba, with field of five blue and white stripes, and red equilateral triangle and white 5-pointed star in middle

Background imageInsignia Collection: Italy, Florence, Ivory Sculpture representing Empress Arianna (or Aelia Ariadne, ca. 450-515 A. D )

Italy, Florence, Ivory Sculpture representing Empress Arianna (or Aelia Ariadne, ca. 450-515 A. D )
Italy, Florence, Ivory Sculpture representing Empress Arianna (or Aelia Ariadne, ca. 450-515 A.D..) 5th century A.D.. Byzantine art, Museo Nazionale del Bargello (Bargello National Museum)

Background imageInsignia Collection: Coat of Arms of Russia, 1898

Coat of Arms of Russia, 1898

Background imageInsignia Collection: Cuban flag, Havana, Cuba, Caribbean

Cuban flag, Havana, Cuba, Caribbean

Background imageInsignia Collection: Coat of Arms of USA, 1898

Coat of Arms of USA, 1898

Background imageInsignia Collection: Coat of Arms of Hungary, 1898

Coat of Arms of Hungary, 1898

Background imageInsignia Collection: Coat of Arms of Austria, 1898

Coat of Arms of Austria, 1898. Showing a doble headed imperial eagle hold a sword and orb

Background imageInsignia Collection: Insignia of the Order of the British Empire, 1953

Insignia of the Order of the British Empire, 1953. The piece is part of the Royal Collection at the Tower of London. From The Crown Jewels, by Martin Holmes FSA

Background imageInsignia Collection: Illustration of national flag of Denmark, with white Scandinavian cross extending to edges of red

Illustration of national flag of Denmark, with white Scandinavian cross extending to edges of red field

Background imageInsignia Collection: Illustration of flag of Poland, a horizontal bicolor of white and red

Illustration of flag of Poland, a horizontal bicolor of white and red

Background imageInsignia Collection: Illustration of flag of Iraq, 1991-2004, a horizontal tricolor of red, white, and black

Illustration of flag of Iraq, 1991-2004, a horizontal tricolor of red, white, and black, with Takbir between three green stars

Background imageInsignia Collection: Flag of Malaysia, at flagpole, Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Southeast Asia

Flag of Malaysia, at flagpole, Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Southeast Asia

Background imageInsignia Collection: Flag of Pakistan

Flag of Pakistan

Background imageInsignia Collection: Flag of Peru

Flag of Peru

Background imageInsignia Collection: Map of The Kingdom of Naples, by Giovan Battista Pacichelli, engraving, 1702

Map of The Kingdom of Naples, by Giovan Battista Pacichelli, engraving, 1702
Cartography, Italy, 18th century. The Kingdom of Naples. From The Kingdom of Naples in perspective by Giovan Battista Pacichelli, 1702. Engraving

Background imageInsignia Collection: Vauxhall Insignia VXR

Vauxhall Insignia VXR

Background imageInsignia Collection: Short S-29 Stirling B-1

Short S-29 Stirling B-1
An RAF Short Stirling Heavy Bomber with Pilot, Air & Ground Crew. it Has a Top Speed of 280Mph, a Loaded Weight of 70, 000Lb, a Wingpan of 99 Feet and a Length of 87 Feet 3 Inches Date: 1942

Background imageInsignia Collection: Turkish national flag

Turkish national flag

Background imageInsignia Collection: Flag of Zambia

Flag of Zambia

Background imageInsignia Collection: Flag of the NATO

Flag of the NATO

Background imageInsignia Collection: The 15, 000th Curtiss fighter, a P-40 Warhawk

The 15, 000th Curtiss fighter, a P-40 Warhawk, emblazoned with the insignia of the 28 air forces operating Curtiss fighters during WW2. November 1944



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"Insignia: A Glimpse into History and Identity" From the regal crown adorning Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 to the powerful Class 55 Deltic diesel locomotives built by English Electric in the early 1960s, insignias have long served as symbols of prestige and distinction. During World War One, badges of Scottish Regiments became emblems of bravery and camaraderie amidst the chaos of battle. Similarly, the United States Naval Construction Battalions - Seabees displayed their insignias proudly as they constructed vital infrastructure during times of conflict. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's insignia represents his visionary leadership that shaped modern-day Turkey from 1923 to 1938. Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth II's visit to Australia in both 1954 and during her Coronation Procession in 1953 showcased how these symbols transcend borders and unite nations. Insignias also play a crucial role within military ranks, allowing one to easily recognize hierarchy within the Royal Navy or identify different regiments on a battlefield. The Coat of Arms of Portugal from 1898 stands as a testament to national heritage while illustrating its rich history. The flag of Israel proudly displays a blue Star of David between two horizontal blue stripes on a white field—an emblem representing resilience and identity for millions worldwide. In times when aircraft ruled the skies during World War Two, planes like Spitfires and Heinkel 111K bore distinctive markings that not only identified friend from foe but also embodied courage under fire. Insignias serve as visual storytellers—conveying tales steeped in tradition, honor, sacrifice, and national pride. They remind us that behind every symbol lies an intricate narrative waiting to be discovered—a window into our shared past shaping our present identities.