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England (and later Britain) uses Old French mottoes: Dieu et mon Droit (“God and my Right”) and Honi soit qui mal y pense (“Woe upon he that thinks ill of it” or “Evil be to he who evil thinks”, for the Order of the Garter, which appears on the non-Scottish variant of the royal arms). Scotland however does use a Latin motto, Nemo me impune lacessit - “No one insults me with impunity” and also the English/Scots ‘In Defens God Me Defend’, which is an old Scots prayer: “In defens God me defend/and bring my saul to ane guid end/ane virtuous life procureth ane happy death.” The Prince of Wales’ motto is German, of all things (it’s Ich dien, meaning “I serve”).
An interesting insight into British mottos (England, Wales, Scotland)

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