Heraldry Description

Coat of arms

Shield: blue, with a gold star of eight rays, surrounded by four silver crescents with a silver trefoil as a personal differencing and cadency mark.

Crown: of Nobility.
Crest: a silver swan, red langued, gold membered and armed with a gold star on its chest.

Compartment: green.

Motto: a silver ribbon, bowed, under the shield, black Elzevir capital lettering, “AMAT VICTORIA CURAM”.


Dexter: from the flank of the shield a black ribbon bearing the insignia of Knight of Grace and Devotion of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta.

Sinister: from the flank of the shield a black ribbon bearing the insignia of Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (Vatican).


Dexter: gold rampant eagle, langued and armed in red.

Sinister: gold rampant lion, langued and armed in blue, red collared in first profile.

Flags and banners:

Issuant from the crest and nobility crown, showing from the ground, waiving the flags / banners of the Portuguese Armed Forces General Staff in the centre, the Air Force Academy, the Naval Academy, the Military University Institute and the Military Academy.

Coat of arms description and simbology

Shield: full Carvalhos coat of arms.

Personal differencing and cadency mark: silver trefoil from the coat of arms of his father and paternal grandfather for which the founder takes the same personal differencing and cadency mark.

Crown: of Nobility, by right and through certification of the coat of arms by charter from the Nobility Council (Court of Nobility), recorded in Book One with the number seven hundred and ninety-two, registered on page one hundred and ten and one hundred and ten verso, on the eleventh day of June in the year one thousand nine hundred and eighty-one.

Crest: of the Carvalhos


  • Eagle representing the appearance of permanent military corps, such as the Roman legions which each one carried eagles atop their three main standards.
  • Lion representing the Cerqueiras family of Amarante.

Flags and banners: representing the various military higher learning schools and the Portuguese Armed Forces General Staff, from whom they depend directly. The Foundation seeks to support these institutions by awarding grants, prizes, scholarships and the promotion of cooperation between these universities and their counterparts in other countries.

Orders: knighthood orders granted to the founder.


Heraldry Designer José S. Estevéns Colaço, Portuguese Army Herald

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