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In the 16th Century this coat of arms was recorded for the town of Windsor.
A stag’s head representing Berkshire and the royal forest sits above a stylised castle of three towers.
The three towers are not meant to be a direct representation of Windsor Castle. They are in fact taken from the family crest of Queen Eleanor of Castile, wife of King Edward I who first made Windsor a Free Borough and granted the town its Charter.
Eleanor’s use of the castle motif was essentially a pun on the name ‘Castile’ which sounds like ‘castle’.
Between the stag’s antlers the quartered royal crest of french gold fleur de lys on blue and the 3 gold english lions on scarlet. The royal crest indicates the symbolic importance of Windsor’s relationship with the monarchy at the time.
“Gules three lions passant gardant in pale Or armed and langued Azure” is the official way of describing the lions.
The royal family, being ‘the house of Windsor’ have a badge of their own which features the round tower of Windsor Castle as the central motiv. It was officially approved by King George VI in July 1938 and has been in use since that time.