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OUR FIRST REGAL COAT OF ARMS
Heraldic team of the Board for Heraldic and Genealogical Studies of The Centre for Research of Orthodox Monarchism was recently charged with a task of particularly great importance, which we hold as a special honour for the entire Serbian heraldry.
We were given a task of devising, blazoning and rendering the coat of arms for a ruling Monarch, at the same time to be adopted as the coat of arms of his Kingdom. To that, we were also appointed to formulate a Royal Decree on adoption of the aforementioned arms, a rather singular gesture and an expression of great confidence.
The Monarch in question is His Majesty King Rukirabasaija Agutamba Solomon Gafabusa Iguru The First, The Forty-ninth Omukama of Bunyoro-Kitara. It should be mentioned that His Majesty is the twenty-seventh King (Omukama) of the Kingdom of Bunyoro-Kitara from the Royal Dynasty Babiito, which holds the throne of the little African Kingdom from the fourteenth century.
Bunyoro-Kitara is one of the five Kingdoms (besides Buganda, Busoga, Tooro and Ankole) that are a part of Uganda with very limited sovereignty, in disproportion to its antiquity and reputation.
The devising of the coat of arms was undertaken to commemorate the thirteenth Coronation Anniversary of His Majesty but, by Divine Providence, it coincided with another event of extreme importance for the Dynasty and the Kingdom itself.
By this we mean that His Excellency The Honourable Emanuel Aliba Kiiza, Prime minister (Katiikiro) of the Kingdom of Bunyoro-Kitara, at the occasion of informing us of the formal adoption of the said coat of arms, has also communicated to us that Her Majesty Queen Margaret Karunga of Bunyoro-Kitara, after five years of marriage, had at last given birth to a male child – Crown-Prince of Bunyoro-Kitara!
This news, of particular importance for the Kingdom and its people, gives additional weight to the act of adoption of the coat of arms of King and the Kingdom of Bunyoro-Kitara, which on its own is of historical importance.
And finally, it should be pointed out that on realization of this significant heraldic project the following took part: Mr Nenad M. Jovanovich, as Herald, Ing. Srechko Nikitovich and Dipl.ecc Nebojsha Dikich as Heraldic Artists, with a contribution of Prof. Ljubodrag Lj. Grujich, as Translator. The entire project was brought to life by care of Knight Anthony Mohanakumar Raman Naikan.
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BLAZON OF THE COAT OF ARMS:
Gules a Royal Drum of Bunyoro-Kitara Proper placed behind the escutheon two Royal Spears of Bunyoro-Kitara in saltire points upwards Proper bladed and tipped Or all surmounted by a Rwabusungu Royal Crown and for motto: KUTIINA MUKAMA NIYO NSIBUKO Y’AMAGEZI.
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Translated by: Prof. Ljubodrag Lj. Grujich, Translator of The Centre for Research of Orthodox Monarchism