Coat of arms of Belgium

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Coat of arms of Belgium

Greater version
ArmigerAlbert II, King of the Belgians
Adopted17 March 1837
CrestA helmet with raised visor or crowned with a Royal Crown of Belgium
EscutcheonSable, a lion rampant or, armed and langued Gules with two crossed sceptres (a hand of justice and a lion) or behind a shield. The grand collar of the Order of Leopold (Belgium) surrounds the shield
SupportersTwo lions guardant proper each supporting a lance Gules point or with two National Flags of Belgium (Tierced per pale Sable, or and Gules.
CompartmentUnderneath the compartment is placed the ribbon Gules with two stripes Sable charged with the motto
MottoFrench: L'union fait la force
Dutch: Eendracht maakt macht
OrdersOrder of Leopold
Other elementsThe whole is placed on a mantle Gules with ermine lining, fringes and tassels Or and ensigned with the Royal Crown of Belgium. Above the mantle rise banners with the arms of the nine provinces that made Belgium in 1837. They are (from right to left) Antwerp, West Flanders, East Flanders, Liège, Brabant, Hainaut, Limburg, Luxembourg and Namur

The coat of arms of Belgium has a lion as its charge. It is called the Leo Belgicus, Latin for the Belgian lion. The colors used are red, yellow and black, the same as on the flag. The motto is "Unity makes strength".