Arms of Canada
The surprising fact, but the royal coat of arms of Canada, inAs one of the main symbols of the country, it appeared not so long ago. This is mainly due to the fact that the Indians lived here, so until the mass migration of peoples from Europe, the transfer of European traditions, no one thought about the creation of a single state and its main characters.
Becoming an official symbol
The first mention of a sign as a Canadian emblemConfederation refers to 1868. It was a collection of coats of arms of the four available at the time the provinces. Due to the rapid expansion of Canadian lands and the emergence of new territorial entities become complicated and the main character. By 1905 he was already out of nine parts, and this has made it too difficult to understand.
In 1915 it was decided to develop a new sketch, six years later, in November 1921, King George V approved the coat of arms of Canada. Minor changes were made in 1957 and 1994.
Important characters of the Canadian Coat of Arms
To date, the official emblem of CanadaIt has a complex composition, each of its elements play a role. In the image you can select the main and additional details, including:
- Crown of St. Edward (introduced in 1957 instead of the Tudor crown);
- crest, a copy of the English crowned lion, but holding in his paw a maple leaf, symbol of Canada;
- torse, twisted tubes matter of red and white flowers;
- helmet and heraldic decoration gallop, in the form of red and white maple leaf;
- heraldic shield;
- ribbon with the motto, approved in 1994;
- Supporters, borrowed from the English coat of arms (a lion and unicorn);
- the basis of the colors.
The most difficult element of the emblem of Canada isshield, which reflects the main historical events. It is cut into 5 pieces, four of them symbolize the four countries from which came the first settlers: England - red box and golden lions, Scotland - golden field and the red lion (the reverse situation), Ireland - golden harp, France - royal lily on a blue background . The lower part of the shield - maple branch, a symbol of national unity.
Supporters, the Lion and the Unicorn, though similar toEnglish characters still have significant differences. First, they hold flagpoles, the lion with the royal banner of Britain, unicorn, respectively, France. In addition, the Canadian lion, unlike its British counterpart, deprived of the crown.