The Viceregal Lion
  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette
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Province of Alberta

Edmonton, Alberta
Registration of Arms, Supporters and Flag
January 15, 2008
Vol. V, p. 194

Click on each image to enlarge. The blazon and symbolism for each element will accompany the enlarged image.


Blazon

Arms

Azure in front of snowy mountains a range of grassy hills proper, in base a wheat-field Or surmounted by a prairie proper, on a chief Argent a cross Gules;

Crest

A beaver couchant upholding on its back the Royal Crown proper;

Supporters

Dexter a lion Or, sinister a pronghorn antelope (Antilocapra americana) both standing on a grassy mount set with wild roses (Rosa acicularis) proper;

Motto

FORTIS ET LIBER;

Flag

Azure an escutcheon of the Arms;


Symbolism

Arms

The red St. George’s cross on a white background is an allusion to the arms of the Hudson’s Bay Company, which once controlled what is now Alberta, as well as to the English origin of the Company. The snow-capped mountains allude to the Rocky Mountains and the green hills to the foothills. The grass prairies and the wheat field refer to agriculture.

Crest

The beaver is the official animal of Canada, being a symbol of the fur trade that led to the major exploration by Europeans. The Royal Crown indicates that these are the Arms of the Sovereign in Right of the Province of Alberta.

Supporters

The lion is a royal symbol, and the pronghorn antelope is native to Alberta. The wild rose is the official flower of Alberta.

Motto

This is translated as “Strong and free”.

Flag

The symbolism of this emblem is found in other element(s) of this record.


Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on November 22, 2008, in Volume 142, page 2982 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Not applicable

Painter
D. Robert Tunstall

Calligrapher
Nancy Ellis


Recipient Information

Civil Institution
Provincial & Territorial (General)

The recipient’s emblems were originally granted by Royal Warrant of His Majesty King Edward VII on the 30th day of May 1907, with the Crest, Motto and Supporters granted by Royal Warrant of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the 30th day of July 1980, and with the Flag adopted by an act of the provincial legislature on the 1st day of June 1968;