President's Portrait & Insignia



Designed in 1960, the Presidential Crest features a red and white shield emblazoned with a lion carrying a stalk of laurel. 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 symbolic of the President's role as the Defender of the Constitution of the Republic of Singapore. The lion carrying the laurel symbolises victory and glory to Singapore, the Lion City.

The other details on the Presidential Crest share similar elements with the national flag. The red and white colours represent universal brotherhood and equality, and everlasting purity and virtue respectively. The crescent moon represents a young country on the ascent. The five stars symbolise democracy, peace, progress, justice and equality.

The first Presidential Crest was made after Singapore gained independence. Carved out of wood, the original was hung at the Istana. Today, replicas of the original Presidential Crest hang over the front of the Istana Main Building and in the President’s office.

The Presidential Crest is used only by the President, on state crockery, state gifts and stationery related to the President.

Note:  All uses of the Presidential symbols (which include the Presidential Crest, the Presidential Standard, the Presidential Chair and the President’s representation such as photos, images, video footages) must be approved by the President. Any external organisations intending to use any Presidential symbols must write to the President’s Office to seek approval.

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