Hang the History of Alberta on Your Fridge
Show your Alberta pride by purchasing this high-quality acrylic fridge magnet, which depicts the original coat of arms of Alberta, Canada. There is a great deal of history and symbolism hiding within this shield. First, let's explore the history of Alberta's coat of arms to better understand the story it tells. The coat of arms was originally issued by King Edward VII on May 30, 1907, consisting of nothing more than the shield you see above. This shield from the original coat of arms is also featured on the flag of Alberta, which boasts a simple design of an ultramarine blue background featuring the shield of the Alberta arms in the middle of the flag. It wasn't until July 30, 1980 that embellishments were made to the original coat of arms by Queen Elizabeth II. She updated the coat of arms, adding a crest, supporters and a motto to the once simple shield.
Symbolism of the Shield
This shield beautifully depicts the natural resources of Alberta, as well as the wonderful and varied landscape. You will notice the white and grey Rocky Mountains popping up in the center of the shield from behind the lush green foothills. Did you know that the Rockies expand all the way from Canada to New Mexico in the southwestern United States? That's right; they stretch for more than 3,000 miles! One of the most popular places to view these majestic mountains is in Banff National Park, located in Alberta.
Underneath the Rockies and the foothills are the grass prairies and the cultivated wheat fields so prevalent in Alberta. The red cross at the top of the shield is known as the Cross of St. George. The red cross on a white background has been associated with St. George ever since medieval times. That is quite a bit of symbolism for such a small shield!