The postage stamp shown here, one of a set issued in 2008 to mark Sir Edmund Hillary's death, depicts him in the blue velvet robes and black hat with white plumes of the Order of the Garter, to which he was appointed by Queen Elizabeth II in 1995. Every knight of the order must display their coat of arms at Windsor Castle in England. Hillary's arms included a kiwi holding an ice axe, chevrons evoking mountains, prayer wheels representing Tibetan (Himalayan) Buddhism and two emperor penguins, an antarctic reference.
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Reference: 2008 Sir Edmund Hillary stamp issue
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