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Queen Elizabeth II is now celebrating her Diamond Jubilee, 60 years as regent, how awesome is that! I thought this would be a good time to introduce crests. I don’t know if you remember, but a while ago I talked about ciphers and monograms. Crests are a little different. By definition as crest is: a symbol of a family or office, usually representing a beast or bird, borne in addition to a coat of arms and used in medieval times to decorate the helmet. In the case of Queen Elizabeth the crest represents both her family and her office. Some crests will include a cipher, but the cipher is not necessary in order for the crest to be recognized as belonging to a certain person. Here is the crest of Queen Elizabeth II: