For the other three home nations, the emblem, which cost more than £26,000 to design, carries national flowers.The emblem in question (pictured below) represents the United Kingdom’s Supreme Court, which as the now highest court in the land will be formally opened by the Queen next week.
It was decided that a leek would represent Wales but nationalists claim it is not even that but only it's leaves that are seen.
Although HM herself may also have cause to be slightly disgruntled at the design:
The emblem was approved by the Queen although Her Majesty never saw the less formal emblem which does not contain the Crown.Back to that weedy looking leek:
But the court defended the design and insisted "all four nations are equally represented".Which is true... although the original argument as to why Wales alone of the 4 home countries is depicted as a vegetable remains:
Elfyn Llwyd, Plaid Cymru's leader in Westminster, said: "It has been a bit of a snub for Wales and I cannot quite understand why that should be.And disappointingly for the Welsh Nats, their bete-noir David Davies is also not a happy man:
"If that is a leek then it will not be winning any shows. It is a few leaves. The daffodil is the flower of Wales."
David Davies, Tory MP and member of the Commons Welsh Affairs Committee, added: "It is disappointing and verging on the insulting.The cost? 26 grand, which actually in the new scheme of things with the taxpayer coughing up for 36,000 pound grocery bills ,moats, duck islands, maps of Fermanagh and the like can probably be regarded as a bargain.
"If they cannot even get the national symbol right how can we expect them to pass judgment of national interests that these judges claim to be responsible for?"