Royal Symbols and Titles
Browse through the symbols that represent Canada’s historical association with the British monarchy.
The Royal Anthem originated as a patriotic song in London, England, in 1745. Neither the author nor the composer is known. The anthem is performed officially in Canada in the presence of members of the Royal Family, and as part of the salute accorded to the Governor General and Lieutenant Governors.
In September 1961, Queen Elizabeth II approved a personal flag for use in Canada. The announcement of the new flag was made in 1962. The design is made up of the Canada Coat of Arms with the Queen’s own device – the initial “E” – in the centre. The device is surmounted by the St. Edward’s Crown within a gold chaplet of roses on a blue background.
When Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne on February 6, 1952, she adopted a heraldic representation of the Crown closely resembling the St. Edward’s Crown, which was used for her coronation on June 2, 1953.Since that time, the use of the Royal Crown in any design must receive the personal permission of Her Majesty, by her express direction.
The royal cypher is the Queen’s monogram, Elizabeth II Regina (Regina is Latin for “Queen”) below a crown. It is used in the insignia of orders, decorations and medals, and on various badges.
Members of the Royal Family provide their moral support or even their patronage to organizations devoted to artistic, scientific, and charitable causes that provide services on a regional level, at least.
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