Fleur-de-lis, which literally means “lily flower” in French appears to be inspired by the iris flower. The three leaves were said to represent the medieval social classes: those who worked, those who fought and those who prayed.
The Fleur-de-lys symbol grew to became the ancient emblem of the city of Florence and is often seen as the mark of royalty (especially the French monarchy). The symbol has been widely used in military insignia, religious art and architecture.
Today, the fleur-de-lis symbol continues to weave itself into works of art, especially in architecture and jewelry:
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