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  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette
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HMCS Kingston

Halifax, Nova Scotia
Approval of a Badge
June 1, 1995
Vol. III, p. 362

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Gules a griffin Or armed and langued Azure issuant from a crown vallary Argent holding in its claws an anchor Argent;



The crown vallary represents the various fortifications built since Kingston’s foundation. The griffin is one of the supporters of the arms of the City of Kingston, a reference to the griffin's claws found in the arms of the Comte de Frontenac, who established a fort on the site of Kingston in 1673. The anchor alludes to the City’s rich naval affiliations.


Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on March 4, 2006, in Volume 140, page 428 of the Canada Gazette.

Artist Information

Original concept of Carl Gagnon, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

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