Turtles rampant: Ascension’s new coat of arms

Coat of arms: two turtles hold up a shield emblazoned with seabirds; with a helmet above, surmounted by a sailing ship on a green background

Her Majesty The Queen has approved a new coat of arms for Ascension Island, after a design was drawn up by the College of Arms in London and submitted to Buckingham Palace.

Islanders were asked what they would like to see on the coat of arms, and then the college produced a design based on the features suggested – including the turtles that famously lay their eggs on Ascension’s beaches.

The island council will now consider designs for a flag. In January it was proposed that it should be a blue ensign with the coat of arms on the right-hand side.

The island’s administrator, Colin Wells, says Ascension is the only British overseas territory not to have its own flag. The UK’s Union Flag is used instead.

Ascension also decided in 2009 to begin issuing its own commemorative coins for special occasions, as a source of income and a means of raising the island’s profile around the world.

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Ascension Island Government

About Simon Pipe

I'm a former print and BBC journalist, now teaching journalism at university. I run St Helena Online, a news website about the remote British island in the South Atlantic at www.sthelenaonline.org as well as other sites related to journalism teaching.
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