How to spot the diplomatic symbol in your country’s flag
It’s the first thing you’ll notice when you open your mail.
“The diplomatic symbol, or CDS, is a stylised design representing Australia and the Commonwealth,” says the AFR’s Kate Tappan.
“It looks like a cross between a cross and a heart, and it’s usually placed in a small box next to the name of the country.”
The cross symbolises the Commonwealth and the Union of Commonwealth and United States of America, and the heart symbolises peace and love.
The CDS also appears on the front of Australian passports, in an iconic white cross on the side of a passport, and on the back of a new passport, in a different design.
The symbol has been used for over 200 years to represent Australia and to mark Australian national symbols.
“This is an example of what happens when we don’t get our fair share of international recognition,” says Ms Tappen.
“We have so much influence in the world, and this symbol has gone missing.”
The CCS is a symbol of the Commonwealth, which includes the Commonwealth of Australia, the United States, New Zealand, the Northern Territory and Tasmania.
It is also commonly used in Australia by foreign nationals.
The first use of the CCS was by British colonists in the 17th century.
Its disappearance from the Australian flag is a reminder of the sacrifices and sacrifices made to keep Australia in the union with the United Kingdom, and that Australians have a vital role to play in its future.
“For the Commonwealth to exist, it must have an equal and just distribution of power,” Ms Tapps says.
So the CDS is one of the ways we can make sure the Commonwealth remains equal and prosperous.”