Georges-Philias Vanier

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Ottawa, Ontario
Registration of Arms
June 15, 2022
Vol. VIII, p. 95

Arms of Georges-Philias Vanier
Arms of Georges-Philias Vanier
Arms of Georges-Philias Vanier

Arms of Georges-Philias Vanier


Or on a chevron paly of eight Azure and Gules two swords points in chief Or, in chief an oak tree couped proper between a fleur-de-lis Azure and a trefoil Vert and in base the gate of the Citadelle of Québec flying thereon the flag of the Governor General of Canada proper;


The fleur-de-lis and the shamrock represent Major-General Vanier’s French and Irish ancestry through his father and mother respectively. The oak tree alludes to the one at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal where an apparition of the Virgin Mary was recorded. It thus refers to Major-General Vanier’s Catholic faith. Blue and red are the colours of the Royal 22e Régiment, in which he served as commanding officer. The Dalhousie Gate of the Citadelle, in the City of Québec, an official residence of the governor general of Canada and the headquarters of the Royal 22e Régiment, refers to Major-General Vanier’s service as Governor General and to his association with the regiment.



The steeple of the Church of St. Catherine at Honfleur in France Or;


The Canadian Heraldic Authority does not have confirmed symbolism for this emblem. The following comments are hypotheses only. The Church of St. Catherine is a notable structure in Honfleur, France, the birthplace of Guillaume Vanier, Major-General Vanier’s first ancestor in New France. It might also allude to his Christian faith and to his love for France, where he served as Canada’s first ambassador.





This Latin phrase means “God’s will be done.”



Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the letters patent was made on October 29, 2022 in Volume 156, page 5124 of the Canada Gazette.

Letters patent registering the heraldic emblems of Georges-Philias Vanier

Additional Information


Original concept of the College of Arms, London.


Artist of the College of Arms, London / Artiste du Collège d’armes, Londres


Not applicable

Recipient Type


Other Information

The recipient’s emblems were originally recorded at the College of Arms, London, England, 1 February 1961.