How Did the Leek Become the National Emblem of Wales?


Many years ago, in 640 A.D. Germanic tribes marched into Wales, intent on conquering it. The Welsh Britons, fought back. The legend is that the Britons, encouraged by their patron Saint David, pulled up leeks and secured them into their caps, enabling the soldiers to distinguish themselves from the invading tribes. The Britons must have felt that the leeks in their caps brought them good luck, (they won) and now today, that legend lives on, for the leek is the national emblem of Wales. But a leek as the national emblem did not suffice. Today the leek shares that title with the lovely daffodil. The daffodil is a very pretty flower and the leek, well… it’s kind of like an onion. But in Welsh, a leek is a cenhinen and a daffodil is a cenhinen pedr, so it’s understandable. But I imagine, the Welsh are quite proud of the leeks in their caps. And even if the Germanic tribes eventually swept through there, a victory is a victory and the story goes… the leeks in their caps, helped them win the war. Suellen Ocean is the author of the historic novel The Celtic Prince Available here:


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Suellen Ocean

With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University, Suellen Ocean does her writing from the hills of Northern California. She began writing professionally for print and radio broadcasting in the late 1980's. Her first self-published book led to her becoming "officially" published, when in 1998 she was asked to participate in the anthology, "The Simple Life" through Berkley Books, New York. She is the author of sixteen books on diverse subjects.

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