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There have been several different versions of the coat of arms of British Columbia and no small amount of drama (well, as much drama as there can be over a coat of arms). What you see above is the shield that is featured in the center of the current British Columbia coat of arms, also known as the Arms of Her Majesty in right of British Columbia (now that's a mouthful!). This shield was granted to British Columbia by King Edward VII on March 31, 1906. The province had attempted to register their design with the English College of Arms as early as 1987, but the design was not approved for several reasons...
British Columbia's Interesting Coat of Arms Saga
Since coats of arms are always granted by the Sovereign, British Columbia needed the approval of England before they could officially designate a design. So, why would England disapprove of their design? Well, it turns out that the use of the royal crest was the sole property of the Sovereign and could not be granted to another entity, even though British Columbia meant to use the royal crest only as a sign of loyalty to the Queen. The original design also had the image of the flag of the United Kingdom (also known as the Union Flag) in an inferior position to the image of the sun, which contradicted the popular saying, "The sun never sets on the British Empire." This phrase references the fact that the English empire was so vast that there was always at least one part of their territory in daylight.
The shield design was finally granted only after the positions of the sun and the Union Flag were reversed. An antique crown was also added to the center of the flag. The blue lines in the center of the shield symbolize the ocean; the sun setting into the ocean represents British Columbia's location on the Pacific coast. And there you have it; the complicated history of the province's simple coat of arms.