Three-crown coat of arms

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Three crowns
Three crowns in the Swedish coat of arms

The term three-crown coat of arms stands for various coats of arms in heraldry .

The most famous coat of arms with this name is the Swedish national coat of arms , which has had three crowns on a blue background since the 14th century and is called tre kronor . In 1364, King Albrecht of the House of Mecklenburg (1363-1389) was the first of Sweden to seal with three crowns . Until 1973, all the kings of Sweden since Gustav I. Wasa had the title “King of the Swedes, Goths and Wends” (“Sveriges, Götes och Vendes konung”). The current monarch Carl XVI. Gustaf chose the title "King of Sweden" (Sveriges konung) when he ascended the throne. Even Queen Margarethe of Denmark , by the Kalmar Union simultaneously queen of Sweden and Norway was to Crown Crest Three have sealed with a. Heraldists suspect that the three crowns represent a symbol for the kingdoms of Sweden, Goths and Wends .

The term also stands for the city arms of Cologne . Here in the upper part of the shield you can see three crowns in a red bar , which symbolize the three wise men. The coats of arms of Margrethausen , Tegernsee , Otterfing and Erpel also have three crowns.

A coat of arms with three crowns in a blue field is also ascribed to the legendary King Arthur

See also

Three crown war


  1. Gert Oswald : Lexicon of Heraldry. VEB Bibliographisches Institut, Leipzig 1984.