Monday, June 16, 2014

Canada's Royal Arms


As with the post from last Monday noting a website that gave the various versions of the arms of the City of Paris over the years, here's a webpage that gives the history - through several different iterations, some of them pretty complex - of the changes to the coat of arms, not of a city this time, but of an entire nation.

The webpage "The Royal Arms of Canada - a Short History (http://www.heraldry.ca/misc/coatArmsCanada.htm) gives the history of the arms of Canada from its inception as a Dominion in 1867 through the arms as they exist at present.

And here is a rendition of the arms as they are used currently (the red and gold band circling the shield bears the motto of the Order of Canada, Desiderantes Meliorem Patriam, "They desire a better country").  Note how the mantling around the helm is in the form of red and white maple leaves.  (If you're going to use a motif, like Canada does with maple leaves, then you really can't have too many.  Or as someone once said, "Nothing succeeds like excess.")


Enjoy!

2 comments:

  1. Speaking of national heraldry...with the World Cup going on and Portugal in the same group as us (US), viewers get a lot of views of Portugal's arms on their flag and the version on their jerseys.

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  2. Indeed! And it was very easy to spot Croatian fans, too, with their red and white checked shirts.

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