This tartan was designed by A L CArol Martin and represents the heraldic lion rampant: a red lion, often with a blue tongue and claws, on a yellow background, standing erect in profile with fore-paws raised. This tartan was originally created to celebrate the designer’s meeting with Canada's Heralds of Arms and the principal artist of the Canadian Heraldic Authority in Ottawa in June 2013.

The design represents the lion on the flag of the Governor General of Canada: a crowned lion in gold (Or) holding a maple leaf in red (Gules) on a background in blue (Azure). "Du Lion", was formally adopted as the official tartan of the Office of the Governor General of Canada on 13 June 2017, the same year that Canada celebrated her 150th birthday. This tartan may be used and enjoyed by the entire viceregal community across Canada.

It is intended for the exclusive use of the Office of the Governor General of Canada, the Lieutenants-Governors of the provinces, the Commissioners of the territories and the entire viceregal community in Canada.


** If you intend to weave or otherwise use any of these patterns, please be aware that you may need the written permission of the designer or producer. This information can be found in the Scottish Register of Tartans.

R/16 K16 R6 K2 Y30 K6 Y6 DY30 DB4 DY4 T20 DY4 DB2 T6 DB16 T/16 (SRT No. 10905)