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About the Tudor Rose, the National Flower of England

The Tudor Rose has a long history, going back to the end of the 16th-century Wars of the Roses.

The red-and-white Tudor Rose is the national flower of England. Its origins go all the way back to the end of the Wars of the Roses. The House of Lancaster used a red or gold rose as an emblem, while the House of York used a rose that was white. After Henry VII ended the war by defeating Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field, he created a new emblem, the Tudor Rose. Its design combined the red and white roses of the two formerly warring Houses to provide a symbol of unity and peace.
The Wars of the Roses
The Wars of the Roses were a series of 17 different battles that took place between 1455 and 1487 (or 1485, depending on whom you ask). The two warring families, the Yorks and the Lancasters, were related to each other, both having descended from the royal House of Plantagenet. Each family claimed the right to the throne.
Historians believe that the roses on the badges of the Yorks and Lancasters were not the only symbols these families used and that the battles were not called “the Wars of the Roses” at the time they occurred. In fact, historians say, that name wasn’t used until the 19th century.
The popularity of the recently ended HBO show “Game of Thrones” has revived interest in the Wars of the Roses. George RR Martin, author of “A Song of Fire and Ice,” the series of fantasy novels that “Game of Thrones” was based on, said that the Wars of the Roses was the strongest historical inspiration for his work, though it was not the only one.

The Tudor Rose Today

You can see the Tudor Rose in the UK Royal Coat of Arms, in the team emblems of the English National Rugby Union and the English Golf Union, as well as on the uniforms of the Yeomen Warders at the Tower of London. Tudor Roses are also used as decorative elements in an interesting variety of objects , including rings, necklaces, brooches, buttons, furniture, quilts, tableware, ceilings, stained-glass windows, clothing, purses, tote bags, hair clips, and tattoos.

The Rose is Still Britain’s Favourite Flower

Despite the Tudor Rose’s illustrious history, a survey conducted in 2017 revealed that one-third of Brits didn’t know that the rose was England’s national flower. In good news for rose lovers, though, the survey also found that the rose was Britain’s favourite flower.
Woman had stronger opinions about flowers than men. The survey found that 90 percent of UK women had a favourite flower, compared to only 70 percent of men.
Lilies won the number two spot in the competition for Britain’s favourite flower, followed by tulips, which were in third place, and daffodils, which were in fourth. Sunflowers, orchids, carnations, bluebells, freesias, and poppies filled out the top 10.

Give the Gift of Roses

Roses are the perfect way to say “I love you” and are a time-honoured cherished gift for Mother’s Day and birthdays. You can’t go wrong with Britain’s favourite flower

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