Designed in 1960, the Presidential Crest features a red and white shield on which a lion carrying a stalk of laurel is emblazoned. This shield is crowned by a crescent moon and five stars, and encircled by an orchid wreath. Beneath the wreath flies a red banner with the word "Singapura".
The shield is emblematic of the President’s role as the Defender of the Constitution of the Republic of Singapore. The lion carrying a stalk of laurel symbolises victory and glory to Singapore, the Lion City.
The other details on the Presidential Crest share similar elements with the Singapore national flag. The red and white colours represent the universal brotherhood and equality of man, and everlasting purity and virtue respectively. The crescent moon represents a young country on the ascent. The five stars symbolise the ideals of democracy, peace, progress, justice and equality.
The first Presidential Crest was made after Singapore gained independence. Made of wood, it was hung over the front entrance of the Main Building before it was moved to the Lodge. A newer version was reproduced and today, it hangs in the President’s Office.
Today, the Presidential Crest is used only by the President and his Office. It is used on state crockery, state gifts and stationery related to the President.
As the Istana is the official residence of the President, the Presidential Crest hangs over the main entrance of the Istana.