Jul 1

Canada Day

Du Lion
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Governor General of Canada
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A Mari usque ad Mare (From Sea to Sea)

"Du Lion", was formally adopted as the official tartan of the Office of the Governor General of Canada on 13 June 2017, the same year of Canada's 150th birthday.  This tartan may be used and enjoyed by the entire viceregal community across Canada.


Originally designed as a fashion tartan created to celebrate the designer's (Carol A.L. Martin) meeting with Canada's Heralds of Arms and the principal artist of the Canadian Heraldic Authority in Ottawa in June 2013, the design represents the lion on the flag of the Governor General of Canada: a crowned lion in gold (Or) holding a maple leaf in red (Gules) on a background in blue (Azure).

The lion is a common charge in heraldry. It traditionally symbolises bravery, nobility, royalty, strength, stateliness, and valour, because historically it has been regarded as the king of beasts.

For more about the lion in heraldry and illustrations of heraldric lion attitudes such as rampant, passant, dormant, couchant, and many more, click the flag.

Happy Canada Day!

Officially registered tartan graphics on this site courtesy of The Scottish Tartans Authority.  Other tartans from talented tartan artists may also be featured.

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