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Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom

coat of arms

The Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom is the official coat of arms of the British monarch, currently Queen Elizabeth II. These arms are used by the Queen in her official capacity as monarch of the United Kingdom, and are officially known as her Arms of Dominion. Different versions are used by other members of the Royal Family; and by the British Government in connection with the administration and government of the country. In Scotland, the Queen has a separate version of the Royal Arms, a variant of which is used by the Scotland Office.

Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom
Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom.svg
Versions
Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (Scotland).svg
Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom for use in Scotland
Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (HM Government).svg
Version used by the Government
Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (Government in Scotland).svg
Version used by the Government in Scotland
Details
ArmigerElizabeth II in Right of the United Kingdom
Adopted1837
CrestA golden lion, royally crowned and standing on a royal crown; gold and ermine mantling
EscutcheonQuarterly: 1 and 4 England, 2 Scotland, 3 Ireland; quarters for England and Scotland are exchanged in Scotland.
SupportersA golden lion and a silver unicorn
CompartmentTudor rose, Shamrock, and Thistle
MottoFrench: Dieu et mon droit
OrdersOrder of the Garter
Earlier versionssee below
UseOn all Acts of Parliament; the cover of all UK passports; various government departments; adapted for the reverse of coins of the pound sterling (2008)

The shield is quartered, depicting in the first and fourth quarters the three passant guardant lions of England; in the second, the rampant lion and double tressure fleury-counter-fleury of Scotland; and in the third, a harp for Ireland.

The version used by the government doe not have the helmet or lion, the version used by the government in Scotland does not have the lion or "In Defens" motto.