Thursday, May 21, 2020

The Arms of a Duchy

A third, and final, coat of arms on the facade of the City Hall of Antwerp, Belgium (at the time we were there, the building was undergoing repair and restoration, so the face of the building was printed onto the covering of the scaffolding, so that you could see what the building looked like, at least) is one that is sometimes mistaken as the arms of Belgium, since they are identical.

I am referring, of course, to the arms of the Duchy of Brabant. (Indeed, the heir apparent to the throne of Belgium, currently Princess Elisabeth, is given the title Duke/Duchess of Brabant.)

The arms of the Duchy are blazoned: Sable a lion rampant or armed and langued gules.

And, just to show you what the facade with all three coats of arms looks like, here it is. As always, you can click on the image below to see a larger and more detailed picture.

All in all, it's a very impressive display of heraldry!

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