The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Duke of Edinburgh's Own)

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Ottawa, Ontario
Approval of a Regimental Colour
August 20, 2021
Vol. VIII, p. 3

Flag of The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Duke of Edinburgh's Own)
Flag of The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Duke of Edinburgh's Own)
 
Flag of The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Duke of Edinburgh's Own)

Flag of The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Duke of Edinburgh's Own)

Blazon

Azure a torteau charged with a figure of Saint Andrew standing on a bed of rue proper and holding a saltire couped Argent, all within an annulus Gules edged and inscribed THE CAMERON HIGHLANDERS OF OTTAWA (DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S OWN) in letters Or, ensigned by the Royal Crown proper and environed by two branches of autumnal maple leaves and thistles their stems in saltire proper bound by a ribbon Gules surmounted by a scroll Or inscribed ADVANCE in letters Sable, the whole environed by two laurel branches their stems in saltire Or fructed Gules bearing scrolls Argent edged Or inscribed in letters Sable on the dexter with SOUTH AFRICA, 1899 - 1900; ARRAS, 1917, ’18; YPRES, 1917; AMIENS; HINDENBURG LINE; VALENCIENNES; CAEN; BOURGUÉBUS RIDGE; BOULOGNE, 1944; THE HOCHWALD; NORTH-WEST EUROPE, 1944 - 45; and on the sinister with SOMME, 1916; VIMY, 1917; PASSCHENDAELE; DROCOURT-QUÉANT; CANAL DU NORD; NORMANDY LANDING; CARPIQUET; FALAISE; THE SCHELDT; THE RHINE; AFGHANISTAN; all cantoned between the cypher Or of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh;

Symbolism

As an infantry regiment, The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Duke of Edinburgh’s Own) uses as its Regimental Colour a blue flag with a form of the regimental badge set on a red background at its centre. The crown and maple leaves represent service to the Sovereign and to Canada. The thistles are common motifs among badges of Canadian highland infantry regiments. The laurel branches are symbols of victory. The scrolls display select battle honours awarded to the regiment. The cypher of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, alludes to the name of the Regiment.

 

Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on December 11, 2021 in Volume 155, page 5669 of the Canada Gazette.

Letters Patent approving the Heraldic Emblems of The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Duke of Edinburgh's Own)Letters Patent approving the Heraldic Emblems of The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Duke of Edinburgh's Own)

Additional Information

Creator(s)

Original concept of the Department of National Defence, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Painter

Robert Grey

Calligrapher

Yolande Lessard

Recipient Type

Military Institution