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image by Mark Sensen, 4 May 1999
International Civic Arms : http://www.ngw.nl/
"Quarterly of gules and or, I and IV a cross argent, II and III a lion rampant gules, armed and langued azure; over all an in escutcheon, per bend argent and gules. The shield is crested by a coronet of five leaves or. Supporters: two lions rampant guardant or."
The arms of Utrecht are a combination of the arms of the Archdiocese (Sticht) of Utrecht (I and IV), Holland (II and III) and the city of Utrecht. The arms of the Sticht are used since 1291. The bishops generally quartered their own arms with the arms of the Sticht. In 1528 Charles V, as count of Holland, was appointed as overlord. He combined the arms of Holland and Sticht, by placing the latter on the lion of Holland. Between 1578 and 1584 several combinations of Sticht, Holland and Utrecht are used. The present arms appear in 1582-84. The arms of the city disappear between 1584-1705. The arms haven't changed since then..
image by Jarig Bakker, 26 January 2001
In 1938 Queen Wilhelmina had reigned the Netherlands for 40 years. On that occasion a lot of municipalities paraded in front of HM with their flags, which consisted of the provincial flag with the municipal coat of arms in the canton (or something...). Those municipal flags can only be considered as 'curiosities', while the status of the provincial flags is not quite clear.
Jarig Bakker, 26 January 2001