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Coat of arms of the British Indian Ocean Territory
|Coat of Arms of the British Indian Ocean Territory|
Lesser Coat of Arms
|Armiger||Commissioner for the British Indian Ocean Territory
Monarch of the British Indian Ocean Territory
|Crest||Naval crown through which rises a red tower bearing the territory’s flag|
|Blazon||Palm tree and St. Edward's Crown on a base of three white wavy lines, a sun in splendour in the upper-left corner|
|Supporters||Hawksbill turtle and a green turtle|
|Compartment||Sand and seashells|
|Motto||In tutela nostra Limuria|
|Use||Coat of Arms of the British Indian Ocean Territory|
The Coat of Arms of the British Indian Ocean Territory was granted in 1990 on the 25th anniversary of the territory's establishment.
The centrepiece of the arms, the shield, bears a palm tree and St. Edward's Crown on a base of three white wavy lines representing the ocean, a sun in splendour in the upper-left corner, and the Union Flag in a chief at the top. Two sea turtles are used as supporters (a hawksbill turtle and a green turtle), representing the local native wildlife. The crest comprises a naval crown through which rises a red tower bearing the territory's flag; there is no helm or mantling.
The palm tree and royal crown also feature in the flag of the British Indian Ocean Territory.
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