The Viceregal Lion
  1. The Governor General of Canada
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Royal Canadian Military Institute

Toronto, Ontario
Grant of Arms and Supporters
November 14, 1990
Vol. II, p. 50

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Quarterly; first, Or three maple leaves conjoined on one stem Vert, second, Azure a lion rampant holding in its dexter paw a fleur-de-lys Or, third, Argent a saltire Azure charged at the centre with an inescutcheon Or bearing a thistle Gules, fourth, Or a lymphad oars in action Azure pennons Gules all within a bordure quarterly Gules and Argent;


Rising out of an Ontario coronet (maple leaves Gules and trillium flowers Argent leaved Vert seeded Or set on a rim Or) a demi lion winged Or bearing in its dexter paw a sword Argent its sinister paw resting on a fouled anchor Azure;


On a grassy mound dexter a horse Argent crined and unguled Or sinister a lion ermine each supporter gorged with a collar Gules pendant therefrom a torteau charged with the Royal Crown proper;


FIDELIS PERMANERE. This Latin phrase means "To remain faithful".


In general, the symbolism of emblems prior to 2000 does not exist in an appropriate format for the online Register.


Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on November 23, 1991, in Volume 125, page 3770 of the Canada Gazette.

Artist Information

Original concept of Ralph Spence, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Gordon Macpherson

Nancy Ellis

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