About royal symbols and titles

Following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, we invite you to visit our commemorative page to relive key moments of her visits to Canada and find information on the commemorative events held in her honour.

Please note that some information on the web pages about the Crown in Canada will be updated.

Royal symbols are visual and audio signs that represent the Crown in various ways, while the title “royal” is given to Canadian organizations that meet certain criteria.

Browse through the symbols that represent Canada’s historical association with the British monarchy.

Royal Anthem

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.

Canadian Flags of the Royal Family

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.

Royal Crown and Cypher

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.

Royal Patronage and Title "Royal"

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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