The arms consist of a shield, featuring a lady dressed in white holding a golden lamp, with 11 other golden lamps surrounding her on a green field. It is a representation of Saint Ursula, a Christiansaint who is said to have taken a pilgrimage across Europe with 11,000 virginhandmaidens. When Christopher Columbus sighted the islands in 1493, the islands were said to have reminded him of the story of Saint Ursula, and that is how the islands got their name. The arms were chosen as a representation of this story. The Latin motto under the coat of arms, Vigilate, means “Be Vigilant”.