Coat of arms of Tuvalu

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Coat of arms of Tuvalu
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Armiger Elizabeth II in Right of Tuvalu
Adopted 1976
Escutcheon Per fess Azure and Or in chief upon Grass issuant a representation of an Ellice Maneapa or meeting house all proper and in base four Barrulets wavy Azure a Brodure Or charged with Banana Leaves and Mitre Sea Shells placed alternately proper together[1]
Motto Tuvalu mo te Atua
"Tuvalu for the Almighty"

The coat of arms of Tuvalu is a shield with a golden border, which is decorated in a pattern with eight mussels and eight banana leaves. The shield itself shows a hut beneath a blue sky on green grounds. Beneath the ground are stylised depictions in blue and gold of ocean waves. The coat of arms was approved by the College of Arms and granted by royal warrant on 3 December 1976.[1]

The motto is Tuvalu mo te Atua, Tuvaluan for "Tuvalu for the Almighty".[1] This additionally serves as the title of the Tuvaluan national anthem.

History[edit]

The coat of arms of Tuvalu featured on the national flag of Tuvalu in 1995-1996 but the design which was introduced in those years proved to be unpopular.

The old flag, featuring the British Union Flag in the canton and without the Tuvaluan coat of arms, was reinstated. The coat of arms is still featured on Tuvalu's state flag.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hugh Larcy (ed) (1983). Tuvalu: A History. University of the South Pacific/Government of Tuvalu.