- Coat of arms of Alberta
The Arms of Alberta Versions
1907–1980, still used on the flag
For use by the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta
Details Armiger Elizabeth II in Right of Alberta Adopted 1907, augmented 1980, 2008 Crest Upon a Helm with a Wreath Argent and Gules a Beaver couchant upholding on its back the Royal Crown both proper. Escutcheon Azure, in front of a range of snow mountains proper a range of hills Vert, in base a wheat field surmounted by a prairie both also proper, on a chief Argent a St. George's cross. Supporters On the dexter side a Lion Or armed and langued Gules and on the sinister side a Pronghorn Antelope (Antilocapra americana) proper. Compartment Compartment : Comprising a grassy mount with the Floral Emblem of the Said Province of Alberta, the Wild Rose (Rosa acicularis), growing therefrom proper. Motto FORTIS ET LIBER
Strong and Free
On 30 July 1980, Queen Elizabeth II augmented the armorial bearings by Royal Warrant with a crest, supporters, and a motto. The helmet under the crest was changed from a steel helmet to a gold royal helmet on 15 January 2008.
- The crest sits above the shield and consists of a royal helmet crowned with a red and silver wreath, on top of which sits a beaver, resting on top of which is St Edward's Crown. White and red are the official colours of Canada, and the beaver is the official animal of Canada.
- The shield represents the natural resources and beauty of the varied of Alberta landscape: the Rocky Mountains and their foothills, the grass prairies, and the cultivated wheat fields. The St George's Cross is an allusion to the arms of the Hudson's Bay Company, which once controlled what is now Alberta.
- The compartment or base is a grassy mount with wild roses, the official flower of Alberta.
- The supporters sit on either side of the shield and consist of a golden lion on the left (representing power) and a pronghorn antelope on the right (representing Alberta's natural resources). Neither of these is the official animal of Alberta (which is the bighorn sheep).
- Fortis et Liber, meaning "strong and free", a phrase from the English lyrics of "O Canada".
- Symbols of Alberta
- Canadian heraldry
- National symbols of Canada
- List of Canadian provincial and territorial symbols
- ^ a b "Ceremonial and Canadian Symbols Promotion – Alberta". Canadian Heritage. http://www.pch.gc.ca/progs/cpsc-ccsp/atc-ac/ab_e.cfm. Retrieved 20 November 2008.
- ^ Government of Alberta (6 June 2010). "The Government of Alberta Corporate Identity Manual". p. 43. http://corporateidentity.alberta.ca/downloads/GoaCIM-1.0-Brand.pdf. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
- ^ "The Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges of Canada – Heraldry". http://archive.gg.ca/heraldry/pub-reg/project-pic.asp?lang=e&ProjectID=1206&ProjectElementID=4187. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
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