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The BRUNSWICK STAR is an emblem which in outline is an eight-pointed or sixteen-pointed star, but which is composed of many narrow rays. It is used in Great Britain
Great Britain
to surround the Royal Cypher on various badges , such as that worn on the caps and helmets of almost all police and fire services in England and Wales
England and Wales
. The name Brunswick refers to the German Duchy of Brunswick-Lüneburg , better known as principality of Hanover
Hanover
, which was ruled by the House of Hanover whose heads also became kings of Great Britain
Great Britain
.

AGENCIES USING BRUNSWICK STAR

* The Royal Regiment of Canada
The Royal Regiment of Canada
* South African Police Service
South African Police Service
(formerly South African Police
South African Police
) * South Australian Country Fire Service
South Australian Country Fire Service

AGENCIES FORMERLY USING BRUNSWICK STAR

* Customs and Excise Department (Hong Kong)
Customs and Excise Department (Hong Kong)
- before 1997 * The Dutch Police
Dutch Police
both Municipal and State Police - Till 1 April 1993 * Shanghai Volunteer Corps
Shanghai Volunteer Corps
- until 1942

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