Coat of Arms of Gibraltar

The Coat of Arms of Gibraltar is a symbol of the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar. It was first granted to the city by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain in 1502, and it has undergone several changes over the centuries.

The current version of the Coat of Arms was granted to Gibraltar by Queen Elizabeth II in 1955. It features a red shield with a white castle on a rocky outcrop, which represents the famous Rock of Gibraltar. The castle has three towers, which symbolize the three hills of Gibraltar. Above the castle is a golden key, which represents the key to the Strait of Gibraltar, a strategic location for trade and military purposes.

The Coat of Arms also includes two supporters, a red lion and a white unicorn, which represent the United Kingdom. The lion holds a golden key, while the unicorn holds a silver chain. The chain represents the link between Gibraltar and the United Kingdom, while the key represents the strategic importance of Gibraltar.

Above the shield is a golden crown, which represents the sovereignty of the British Crown over Gibraltar. The motto of Gibraltar, “Montis Insignia Calpe” (Latin for “Badge of the Rock of Gibraltar”), is also included on the Coat of Arms.

Overall, the Coat of Arms of Gibraltar is a powerful symbol of the territory’s history, geography, and relationship with the United Kingdom. It is a reminder of Gibraltar’s strategic importance and its unique place in the world.

Image Source: Coat of Arms, Public domain, Wikimedia Commons

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