The Viceregal Lion
  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette
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Peter Alan Gardner

Sidney, British Columbia
Grant of Arms
September 6, 1994
Vol. II, p. 296

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Per fess wavy Azure and Argent in chief two naval crowns Or sails Argent and in base a lion passant guardant Gules armed and langued Azure all within an orle of ten mullets counterchanged;


Issuant from an antique crown Azure a demi double-headed eagle displayed Or charged on the breast with a Tudor Rose proper;





The shield’s central wavy blue and white division represents Mr. Gardner’s lifelong personal and professional military association with the sea. The lion is taken from the arms of Great Britain and alludes to the country of his birth. The naval crowns commemorate Mr. Gardner’s extended naval service and his achievement of the rank of Commander. The ten stars commemorate his five children, his wife’s four children, and one star represents their mutual grandchildren.


The antique crown is taken from the arms of British Columbia. The double-headed eagle symbolizes the conjoining of the two families and alludes to their charitable activities. The Tudor rose also signifies Mr. Gardner’s British heritage.


This Latin phrase means "Seek ye the truth."


Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on December 3, 1994, in Volume 128, page 4584 of the Canada Gazette.

Artist Information

Original concept of Graham Anderson, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Alastair Priestly

John Whitehead

Recipient Information