Royal Heraldry Society of Canada.

Heraldry in Canada.
Marcus Karlsson
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Royal Heraldry Society of Canada.

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 01 Oct 2017, 12:53

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Armorial Bearings of the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada.

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Cameron Campbell
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Re: Royal Heraldry Society of Canada.

Postby Cameron Campbell » 02 Oct 2017, 09:40

Just a curiosity question; Can anyone use the maple leaf as a charge in Canada, or is it's use restricted?

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Re: Royal Heraldry Society of Canada.

Postby Iain Boyd » 14 Oct 2017, 03:03

Dear Cameron,

Anyone can use the maple leaf in Canada just as anyone can use the thistle in Scotland and the rose in England.

However, I believe that previous Lords Lyon have restricted the use of the thistle on occasions.

All three are regarded as the country's plant badge and, as such, can be used by anyone.

However, like anything, they can be overused!

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Re: Royal Heraldry Society of Canada.

Postby Chris Green » 14 Oct 2017, 06:25

and the rose in England


Hmmm ... Not sure if the College of Arms would acquiesce in the use of the Tudor Rose (red and white rose united slipped and leaved proper) which is the royal badge for England. There are of course many other sorts of rose (tinctures, with stalk, natural, etc) which are not associated with the Royal Family.
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Re: Royal Heraldry Society of Canada.

Postby V Beswick-Escanlar » 25 Dec 2017, 17:31

Iain Boyd wrote:Dear Cameron,

Anyone can use the maple leaf in Canada just as anyone can use the thistle in Scotland and the rose in England.
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However, like anything, they can be overused!

Regards,

Iain Boyd


The CHA in its Personal Design Guide sent to prospective armigers does try to steer petitioners away from the maple leaf nowadays:

• Maple leaf: This has often been used to indicate Canadian identity, so much so that it has become commonplace. There are many ways of indicating Canada through distinctive animals, plants, birds, etc., and there are also other innovative ways of using the maple leaf. In general, the maple leaf (especially a red leaf on white) is best limited to arms of organizations that are national in scope.
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Re: Royal Heraldry Society of Canada.

Postby Ryan Shuflin » 10 Jan 2018, 20:15

If Canada used the same rules traditionally for royal symbols as in other nations, than the red maple leaf would not be restricted, but the flag would. The charge on the Canadian Royal Arms is three maple leaves on one stem. This does not appear to be restricted, nor does a Lion passant guardant Or on a field Gules(aka a Lion of England) although the later was limited in England to use as an augmentation of honor.


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