Crown (heraldry)

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The coat of arms of Norway, displaying a crowned lion on the shield and a royal crown on top of the shield

A Crown is often an emblem of the sovereign state, a monarch's government, or items endorsed by it; see The Crown. Crowns may also be used by some republics.

A specific type of crown (or coronet for peerage in the British Isles) is employed in heraldry under strict rules. Indeed some monarchies never had a physical crown, just a heraldic representation, as in the constitutional kingdom of Belgium.

Crowns are also often used as symbols of religious status or veneration, by divinities (or their representation such as a statue) or by their representatives, e.g. the Black Crown of the Karmapa Lama, sometimes used a model for wider use by devotees.

A crown can be a charge in a coat of arms, or set upon the shield to signify the status of its owner.

As a display of rank[edit]

If the bearer of a coat of arms has the title of baron or higher (or hereditary knight in some countries), he or she may display a coronet of rank above the shield, usually below the helm in British heraldry, often above the crest (if any) in Continental heraldry.

In this case the appearance of the crown follows a strict set of rules. A royal coat of arms may display a royal crown such as that of Norway. Princely coats of arms display a princely crown and so on right down to the mural crown which is commonly displayed on coats of arms of towns and some republics. Other republics may use a so-called people's crown or omit the use of crowns all together. The heraldic forms of crowns are often inspired by the actual appearance of the respective country's royal and princely crowns.

Ships and other units of some navies have a naval crown above the shield of their coats of arms.

Commonwealth usage[edit]

The coat of arms of the Barons Hawke displays a baronial coronet.

In formal English the word crown is reserved for the crown of a monarch whereas the word coronet is used for all other noble crowns.

In the peerage of the United Kingdom, the design of a coronet shows the rank of its owner, as in German, French and various other heraldic traditions. The coronet of a duke has eight strawberry leaves, that of a marquess has four strawberry leaves and four silver balls (known as "pearls", but not actually pearls), that of an earl has eight strawberry leaves and eight "pearls" raised on stalks, that of a viscount has sixteen "pearls", and that of a baron has six "pearls". Since a person entitled to wear a coronet customarily displays it in his coat of arms above the shield and below the helm and crest, this can provide a useful clue as to the owner of a given coat of arms.

Members of the British Royal Family have coronets on their coats of arms, and may wear them at coronations. They are according to regulations made by King Charles II in 1661 shortly after his return from exile in France (getting a taste for its lavish court style; Louis XIV started monumental work at Versailles that year) and Restoration, and vary depending upon the prince's relationship to the Monarch. Occasionally additional royal warrants vary the designs for individuals.

In Canadian heraldry, coronets are used to designate descent from United Empire Loyalists. A military coronet signifies ancestors who served in Loyalist regiments during the American Revolution, while a civil coronet is used by all others. The loyalist coronets are used only in heraldry, never worn.

Crown of Saint Edward (Heraldry).svg Sovereign - St. Edward's Crown Royal Crown of Scotland (Heraldry).svg Sovereign - Crown of Scotland Tudor Crown (Heraldry).svg Sovereign - Imperial/Tudor Crown Coronet of the British Heir Apparent.svg Heir Apparent
Coronet of a Child of the Sovereign.svg Prince or Princess - brother, sister, son or daughter of a sovereign Coronet of a Child of the Heir Apparent.svg Prince or Princess - children of the Heir Apparent Coronet of a Grandchild of the Sovereign.svg Prince or Princess - children of other sons of the Sovereign. Other princes or princesses. Coronet of a Child of a Daugther of the Sovereign.svg Prince or Princess - Children of a daughter of the sovereign.
Old Ducal Hat of England.svg Old ducal hat Coronet of a British Duke.svg Duke Coronet of a British Marquess.svg Marquess Coronet of a British Earl.svg Earl
Coronet of a British Viscount.svg Viscount Coronet of a British Baron.svg Baron Military Coronet of a Loyalist.svg Loyalists military coronet (Canadian) Civil Coronet of a Loyalist.svg Loyalists civil coronet (Canadian)

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Continental usages[edit]

Precisely because there are many traditions and more variation within some of these, there is a plethora of continental coronet types. Indeed, there are also some coronets for positions that do not exist, or do not entitle use of a coronet, in the Commonwealth tradition.

Such a case in French heraldry of the ancien regime, where coronets of rank did not come into use before the 16th century, is the vidame, whose coronet (illustrated) is a metal circle mounted with three visible crosses (no physical headgear of this is type known).

Helmets are often substitutes for coronets, and some coronets are worn only on a helmet.

Bulgaria[edit]

Bulgarian Crown.svg King Crown of Bulgarian Queen.svg Queen

Egypt[edit]

Crown of the Khedive of Egypt.svg King (Dependent Egypt) Heraldic Royal Crown of Egypt.svg King (Independent Egypt)

France[edit]

Ancient Regime[edit]

Royal Crown of France.svg King (Roi de France) Crown of the Dauphin of France (variant).svg Dauphin of France Crown of a Royal Prince of the Blood of France.svg Royal Prince of the Blood Crown of a Prince of the Blood of France.svg Prince of the Blood
Crown of a Duke of France.svg Duke and Peer of France Crown of a Duke of France (variant).svg Duke Crown of a Marquis of France.svg Marquis and Peer of France Crown of a Marquis of France (variant).svg Marquis
Crown of a Count of France.svg Count and "Peer of France" Crown of a Count of France (variant).svg Count Old Crown of a Count (France & Belgium).svg Count (older) Crown of a Viscount of France (variant).svg Viscount
Crown of a Vidame of France.svg Vidame Crown of a Baron of France.svg Baron Crown of a Chevalier of France.svg Knight's crown Torse of a Chevalier of France.svg Knight's tortillon

Napoleonic Empire[edit]

Imperial Crown of Napoleon.svg Emperor Crown of a Napoleonic Prince Souverain.svg Prince Imperial Biret prince.png Prince Biret duc.png Duke
Biret comte.png Count Biret baron.png Baron Biret Chevalier.png Knight Bonnet d`honneur.png Bonnet
d'honneur

July Monarchy[edit]

Crown of Orléans.svg King of the
French

Georgia[edit]

Iberian-Georgian crown.png Royal Crown of Kings of Georgia

German-speaking countries[edit]

Holy Roman Empire[edit]

Heraldic Imperial Crown (Gules Mitre).svg Imperial Crown Heraldic Royal Crown of the King of the Romans (c.1440-c.1700).svg Older Crown of the
King of the Romans
Heraldic Royal Crown of the King of the Romans (18th Century).svg Newer Crown of
the King of the Romans
Crown of St. Wenceslas.svg King of Bohemia
Archducal Coronet.svg Archducal hat Oldest Electoral hat.svg Oldest Electoral hat Older Electoral hat.svg Older Electoral hat Ducal Hat.svg New Electoral hat & New Ducal hat
Ducal Hat of Styria.svg Ducal hat of Styria Ströhl-Rangkronen-Fig. 03.png Ducal crown Princely Hat.svg Princely hat Princely crown.svg Princely crown
Ströhl-Rangkronen-Fig. 07.png Crown of a Landgraf Ströhl-Rangkronen-Fig. 08.png Crown of an heir to a duchy Rangkronen-Fig. 15.svg Older crown of counts Rangkronen-Fig. 18.svg Newer crown of counts
Rangkronen-Fig. 50.svg Older crown of a Baron/Freiherr Rangkronen-Fig. 27.svg Newer crown of a Baron/Freiherr Rangkronen-Fig. 38.svg Older Crown of Nobility Rangkronen-Fig. 37.svg Newer Crown of Nobility

Liechtenstein[edit]

Princely Hat.svg Prince of Liechtenstein

Austrian Empire[edit]

Imperial Crown of Austria (Heraldry).svg Emperor Princely Hat.svg Prince Archducal Coronet.svg Archducal hat Crown of St. Wenceslas.svg King of Bohemia Ducal Hat of Styria.svg Ducal hat of Styria Ducal Hat.svg New Ducal hat
Crown of a Duke of France (variant).svg Duke Crown of a Marquis of France (variant).svg Marquess Old Crown of a Count (France & Belgium).svg Count Crown of a Viscount of France (variant).svg Viscount Crown of a Baron of France.svg Baron Rangkronen-Fig. 38.svg Crown of Nobility

German Empire[edit]

State Crown of the German Empire.svg German State Crown Crown of the German Empress.svg Empress Crown of the German Crown Prince.svg Crown Prince
Crown of Prussia.svg King of Prussia Bavarian Royal Crown.svg King of Bavaria Crown of Württemberg.svg Crown of Württemberg

Greece[edit]

Crown of the Kingdom of Greece.svg Monarch

Hungary and Croatia[edit]

Hungary[edit]

Crown of Saint Stephen.svg Holy Crown of Hungary

Croatia[edit]

Crown of Zvonimir (Croatia).svg Crown of Zvonimir (crown of King Dmitar Zvonimir)

Italy[edit]

Kingdom of Italy (1861-1946)[edit]

Heraldic Royal Crown of Italy.svg King Crown of Italian hereditary prince.svg Crown Prince (Prince of Piedmont) Crown of Savoy-Aosta.svg Duke of Aosta, Duke of Genoa Crown of Savoy-Genova.svg Prince of Savoy
Crown of a Duke of France (variant).svg Duke Crown of a Marquis of France (variant).svg Marquess Crown of a Count of France (variant).svg Count Crown of a Viscount of France (variant).svg Viscount
Crown of a Baron of France.svg Baron Crown of a Chevalier of France.svg Noble Torse of a Chevalier of France.svg Hereditary Knight Rangkronen-Fig. 40.svg Patrician
Italian Province (Crown).svg Province Corona di città.svg City Corona di comune.svg Municipality

Kingdoms of Naples, Sicily, Two Sicilies[edit]

Heraldic Royal Crown of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.svg King of Naples Heraldic Crown of Heir to the Throne of the Two Sicilies.svg Heir to the throne (Duke of Calabria) Heraldic Coronet of Princes and Princesses of the Two Sicilies.svg Prince and princess

Grand Duchy of Tuscany[edit]

Crown of Medici Grand Dukes of Tuscany.png Medici Grand Dukes of Tuscany

Other Italian states before 1861[edit]

Ströhl-Regentenkronen-Fig. 38.png Crown of San Marino Crown of the Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy.svg Crown of Napoleonic Italy Corona ferrea monza (heraldry).svg Iron Crown of Lombardy
Tiara3.png Papal Tiara Doza.png Doge of Venice Doge's Crown.svg Doge of Genoa

Low Countries[edit]

Netherlands[edit]

Rangkroon keizer.svg Emperor Royal Crown of the Netherlands (Heraldic).svg King Royal Crown of the Netherlands (Heraldic).svg Prince
(royal family)
Crown of a Prince (Netherlands and Belgium).svg Prince
(nobility)
Rangkronen-Fig. 04.svg Duke Rangkronen-Fig. 15.svg Marquess Rangkronen-Fig. 14.svg Count Rangkronen-Fig. 18.svg Count
(alternative style)
Rangkronen-Fig. 23.svg Viscount Rangkronen-Fig. 27.svg Baron Rangkronen-Fig. 34.svg Hereditary Knight
(Erfridder)
Rangkronen-Fig. 34.svg Jonkheer

Belgium[edit]

The older crowns are often still seen in the heraldry of older families.

Royal Crown of Belgium (Heraldic).svg King
(and princes of
the royal family)
Crown of a Prince (Netherlands and Belgium).svg Prince Princely Hat.svg Prince (old) Rangkronen-Fig. 04.png Duke
Rangkronen-Fig. 15.png Marquess Crown of a Count of France (variant).svg Count Old Crown of a Count (France & Belgium).svg Count (older) Crown of a Count of the Low Countries (Ancien Regime).svg Count (oldest)
Rangkronen-Fig. 25.png Viscount Crown of a Baron (Low Countries, Holy Roman Empire, Russia).svg Baron Old Crown of a Baron of the Low Countries.svg Baron (older) Rangkronen-Fig. 34.png Hereditary Knight
(Chevaliér/Erfridder)

Luxembourg[edit]

Crown of Luxembourg.png Grand Duke

Monaco[edit]

Princely Crown of Monaco.svg Prince

Poland and Lithuania[edit]

Knize.png King Fuerst.png Prince Szlachecka korona.jpg Nobleman

Portuguese-speaking countries[edit]

Portugal[edit]

Royal Crown of Portugal.svg King Crown of Portuguese Prince.png Prince Corona real abierta.svg Infante Corona de duque.svg Duke
Corona de marqués.svg Marquess Corona de conde.svg Count Corona de vizconde.svg Viscount Heraldic Crown of Portuguese Barons.svg Baron

Brazil[edit]

Brazil Imperial Crown.svg Emperor Brazil Prince Imperial Crown.svg Prince Imperial Corona real abierta.svg Prince Corona de duque.svg Duke
Corona de marqués.svg Marquess Corona de conde.svg Count Corona de vizconde.svg Viscount Heraldic Crown of Portuguese Barons.svg Baron

Romania[edit]

Steel Crown of Romania.svg King The Steel Crown of Romania

Russia[edit]

Russian Imperial Crown.svg Emperor Finnish grand ducal crown.svg crown of the grand duchy of Finland Monomakh hat.svg Monomakh Crown Princely Hat.svg Prince Crown of a Count of France (variant).svg Count Rangkronen-Fig. 27.svg Baron Rangkronen-Fig. 30.svg Baron (alternative style) Rangkronen-Fig. 38.svg Crown of Nobility

Scandinavia[edit]

Denmark[edit]

Royal Crown of Denmark.svg King Crown of the Crown Prince of Denmark.svg Crown Prince Crown of a Prince of Denmark.svg Prince
(royal family)
T01 Danish Count.png Count T02 Danish Baron.png Baron T03 Danish Nobility.png Crown of Nobility

Finland[edit]

Royal Crown of Finland.svg king

Norway[edit]

Crown of the King of Norway.svg King Crown of the Queen of Norway.svg Queen Crown of the Crown Prince of Norway.svg Crown Prince T01 Danish Count.png Count T02 Danish Baron.png Baron T03 Danish Nobility.png Crown of Nobility

Sweden[edit]

Svenska kunglig krona (korrekt)b.svg King Crown of the Crown Prince of Sweden (Ströhl).svg Crown Prince Ducal Crown of Sweden.svg Duke Rangkronen-Fig. 15.svg Count Rangkronen-Fig. 31.svg Baron Rangkronen-Fig. 38.svg Crown of Nobility

Serbia[edit]

Crown of Serbia.svg Monarch

Spain[edit]

Heraldic Royal Crown of Spain.svg King Royal Crown for the Aragonese Terriories.svg King (Aragon, Catalonia, Balearics,
Valencia)
Heraldic Crown of the Prince of Asturias.svg Crown Prince Heraldic Crown of the Spanish Heir Apparent as Prince of Girona.svg Crown Prince (Aragon, Catalonia, Balearics,
Valencia)
Heraldic Crown of Spanish Infantes.svg Infante Crown of Spanish Infantes for the Aragonese Terriories.svg Infante (Aragon, Catalonia, Balearics, Valencia) Heraldic Crown of Spanish Grandee.svg Grandee of Spain Heraldic Crown of Spanish Dukes (Variant 1).svg Duke
Heraldic Crown of Spanish Marqueses (Variant 1).svg Marquess Heraldic Crown of Spanish Count.svg Count Heraldic Crown of the Spanish Viscounts.svg Viscount Heraldic Crown of Spanish Barons.svg Baron
Heraldic Crown of Spanish Lords.svg Señor (Lord) Torse of a Chevalier of France.svg Knight's burelete

Catholic Church[edit]

Multinational[edit]

Astral Crown.svg Astral crown Camp Crown.svg Camp crown Celestial Crown.svg Celestial crown Eastern Crown (Heraldry).svg Eastern crown
Falkorona (heraldika).PNG Mural crown Corona Navalis.svg Naval crown

Further Examples[edit]

Heraldic Royal Crown of Egypt.svg Royal Crown of Egypt Imperial Crown of Ethiopia.svg Imperial Crown of Ethiopia Royal Crown of Hawaii.svg Royal Crown of Hawaii
Pahlavi Crown of Imperial Iran (heraldry).svg Crown of the Shah of Persia Crown of Tahiti.svg Royal Crown of Tahiti Great Crown of Victory (heraldry).svg Great Crown of Victory
of the Kings of Siam and Thailand
Royal Crown of Tonga.svg Royal Crown of Tonga

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As a charge[edit]

In heraldry, a charge is an image occupying the field of a coat of arms. Many coats of arms incorporate crowns as charges. One notable example of this lies in the Three Crowns of the arms of Sweden.

Additionally, many animal charges (frequently lions) and sometimes human heads also appear crowned. Animal charges gorged (collared) of an open coronet also occur, though far less frequently.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boutell, Charles (1914). Fox-Davies, A.C., ed. Handbook to English Heraldry, The (11th Edition ed.). London: Reeves & Turner. pp. 104–156. 
  2. ^ Ströhl, Hugo Gerard (1899). Heraldischer Atlas. Stuttgart.