The Lion Rampant of Scotland is also known as The Royal Standard of Scotland as well as Banner of the King of Scots. It has a rich history and remains a popular emblem today, which is associated with Scotland around the world.  The earliest record of its use was by Alexander the third in 1222. It was also used by the King of Scots up until the Union of Scottish, Irish and English crowns in 1603. Following the union a new flag was created to represent the joining together of the different countries, Scotland’s lion Rampant was incorporated into the new Royal Banner in 1707. The distinctive Lion Rampant features a red lion set against a yellow background with a double red border and the lion’s claws and tongue are blue. Officially the Lion Rampant flag is restricted to the monarch, as well as those that represent her in Scotland such as the First Minister, the Lord Lion King of Arms. The Court of the Lord Lyon is deals with relating to Scottish Heraldry and Coats of Arms as well as keeping a register of arms and genealogies in Scotland. Other, though not all Lord Lieutenants are also permitted to use the Lion Rampant flag. The Duke of Rothesay, heir apparent to the King of Scots is entitled to us a slightly different version of the Lion Rampant. Prince Charles also used a modified version. A royal warrant was issued which allows the flag to be displayed as a sign of loyalty to the crown and the Lion Rampant is a popular emblem in Scotland. However at one time use other than by the monarch was unlawful and would have resulted in a fine or worse! Today the Lion Rampant can often be seen at sporting events on flags or rugby tops. It also features on many items of Highland wear including items such as sporrans, sgain dubhs, belt buckles and even traditional hose. On these items usually the lion without the yellow background is used, and the lion can be in blue, red or white.