The badge of the Royal Marines is designed to commemorate the history of the Corps. The Lion and Crown denotes a Royal regiment. King George III conferred this honour in 1802 “in consideration of the very meritorious services of the Marines in the late war.”
The “Great Globe itself” surrounded by laurels was chosen by King George IV as a symbol of the Marines’ successes in every quarter of the world. The laurels are believed to honour the gallantry they displayed during the investment and capture of Belle Isle, off Lorient, in April–June 1761.
Per Mare Per Terram (“By Sea By Land”), the motto of the Marines, is believed to have been used for the first time in 1775.
Taken with my Nikon D3100 using a 50mm Nikkor lens and extention tubes then edited in Adobe Photoshop CS5.
Lens: Nikor 18-55mm VR Lens.