Looking into the Tuileries Garden (Jardin des Tuileries) from a gate near the the Place de la Concorde, Paris, France. The fleur-de-lis (lily) was used for centuries to represent French royalty. Regarded as a sign of purity since antiquity. the Roman Catholic Church adopted the lily to represent Virgin Mary. Legend has it that when Pope Leo III crowned Charlemagne emperor in 800, he presented Charlemagne with a blue banner covered with golden fleurs-de-lis.
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