Sammy wrote:Perhaps another possibility we should consider are coats of arms, while there is to be no immediate change to the postion of the monarch in Scotland so the Queen's Coat of Arms might not change, what about the variation used by HM Government.
That would imply that the Queen is a separate entity from her government, which is a major change in constitutional theory. The government uses HM's arms as Queen of the UK because it is her
government exercising her
authority. It has no independent existence, and so no reason to have its own coat of arms. The fact that some elements of the royal arms are usually left out when used by government departments is neither here nor there : the variations are interchangeable.
If Scotland becomes independent, its legal position in relation to the UK would be the same as that of Canada and the other realms, so it would make no sense to retain the Scotland in her UK arms unless she was also going to include the arms of all those other realms (which would be horrendous!). She would have separate Scottish arms for use north of the border. For the remainder of the UK, the obvious answer would be to replace the Scottish lion with the Welsh lions, and the unicorn supporter with the Welsh dragon.
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