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Queen's coat of arms is the unique heraldic device assigned to Queen's University by the College of Arms. The official heraldic description of the coat of arms is:

"Or, on a saltire Azure between in chief a fir Tree eradicated, in base a thistle stalked and leaved and in fess a red rose barbed, seeded, stalked and leaved all Proper and a trefoil Vert, an open book of the First, a bordure Gules charged with eight ancient crowns Gold."

In each of the four compartments made by the arms of the cross is an emblem of the university's Canadian and British origins:

  • at the top a pine tree for Canada

  • on the left a rose for England

  • at the bottom a thistle for Scotland

  • on the right a shamrock for Ireland

The red colour of the border is a mark of cadency, indicating that Queen's is younger than Edinburgh University. The border is decorated with eight gold crowns, symbolic of Queen Victoria and the university's Royal Charter.



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