Coat of arms of the British Indian Ocean Territory

The Coat of Arms of the British Indian Ocean Territory was granted in 1990 on the 25th anniversary of the territory's establishment.

Coat of Arms of the British Indian Ocean Territory
Versions
Escutcheon-only version
ArmigerCommissioner for the British Indian Ocean Territory
Monarch of the British Indian Ocean Territory
Adopted1990
CrestNaval crown through which rises a red tower bearing the territory’s flag
BlazonIn chief the Union Jack proper, in base azure, Palm tree and St. Edward's Crown on a base of three wavy lines argent, a sun in splendour or in the canton
SupportersHawksbill turtle and a green turtle
CompartmentSand and seashells
MottoIn tutela nostra Limuria
Limuria is in our charge/trust
UseCoat of Arms of the British Indian Ocean Territory

The centrepiece of the arms, the shield, bears a palm tree and St. Edward's Crown on a base of three white wavy lines representing the ocean, a sun in splendour in the upper-left corner, and the Union Flag in a chief at the top. Two sea turtles are used as supporters (a hawksbill turtle and a green turtle), representing the local native wildlife. The crest comprises a naval crown through which rises a red tower bearing the territory's flag; there is no helm or mantling.[1]

The motto is In tutela nostra Limuria,[1] Latin for “Limuria is in our charge/trust”. This latinised name refers to the non-existent continent of Lemuria, once thought to occupy the Indian Ocean.

The palm tree and royal crown also feature in the flag of the British Indian Ocean Territory.

See also

  • Gallery of coats of arms of the United Kingdom and dependencies


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