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

The contents of this Register are intended for research purposes only. The heraldic emblems found in the Register may not be reproduced in any form or in any media without the written consent of the Canadian Heraldic Authority and/or the recipient.

Michael Birks Chadwick

Paudex, Canton of Vaud, Switzerland
Grant of Arms
December 15, 1994
Vol. II, p. 373

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Per pale Gules and Sable within an orle of eight martlets Argent an inescutcheon Argent charged with a cross Gules in the canton thereof a crescent Sable all within a bordure per pale Sable and Gules charged in chief with a snowflake between two crescents and in base with a garb Or;


A martlet Argent in the beak a lily slipped and leaved Proper;


IN CANDORE DECUS. This Latin phrase means "There is honour in sincerity".


TOUJOURS PRÊT, meaning "Always ready";


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 March 24, 2001, in Volume 129, page 936 of the Canada Gazette.

Artist Information

Original concept of Robert D. Watt, Chief Herald of Canada, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Debra Parker

* Not applicable / Sans objet

Recipient Information