The supporters are often shown in a ferocious manner
"rampant". The history behind the lion and unicorn came
from James VI of Scotland. He became James I of England
in 1603. He was the first Monarch to have the lion
(England) and the unicorn (Scotland) on his royal shields.
The supporters on the Canadian Coat of Arms show a lion
on the shield's right holding a silver lance topped with
gold, flying the Royal Union flag. On the shield's left
is a unicorn with a gold horn, mane and hooves. Around
the unicorn's neck is a gold, chained crown of crosses and
fleur-de-lis on a blue background. Each lanced banner
represents the two founding nations that established
Canada's first governing bodies and customs.
The Four Floral Emblems
The floral emblems of Canada's founding nations are
represented at the bottom of the Coat of Arms, namely
the English Rose, Scottish Thistle, Irish Shamrock and
the French Fleur-de-Lis.