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Arms of Alberta
Coat of arms of Alberta.svg
Shield of Alberta.svg
Coat of Arms of the Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta.svg
For use by the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta
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.
Blazon 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 (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.
Strong and Free

The coat of arms of Alberta, the heraldic symbol representing the Canadian province of Alberta, contains symbols reflecting Alberta's British heritage along with local symbols. The upper part of the shield features the red cross of Saint George. The lower portion of the shield depicts the Rocky Mountains, grass prairies, and wheat fields - representing Alberta's landscape.

A royal warrant of King Edward VII granted the original arms, consisting of only the shield, on May 30, 1907. The arms were further augmented with supporters, a crest, and motto, by royal warrant of Queen Elizabeth II on July 30, 1980.

The shield, on a plain blue field, features in Alberta's provincial flag.


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 January 15 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 national colours of Canada, and the beaver is the official animal of Canada.
The shield represents the natural resources and beauty of the varied Alberta landscape: the Rocky Mountains and their foothills, the grass prairies, and the cultivated wheat fields. 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 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] Error: {{Lang}}: text has italic markup (help), meaning "strong and free", a phrase from the English lyrics of "O Canada".

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