|St. George, São Jorge, Svyatiy Yuri|
As Patron Saint of Portugal, he is honored by having his symbol of the dragon (a very old symbol of the country) sit atop one of the royal scepters and two dragons hold up the shield in the coat of arms of the Most Serene House of Bragança.
|Arms of the Most Serene House of Bragança|
|The Scepter of the Dragon has|
a dragon, the constitution,
and the crown.
While were talking about sacred symbols in the Portuguese Crown Jewels, the crown of Portugal, the Crown of João VI, has never been worn. João IV at his coronation in 1646 took off his crown and put it at the feet of a statue of Our Lady of the Conception (the title Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception didn't become popular until that dogma was defined in 1854) that was there in the Church of the Monastery of St. Mary, known as the Jeromite Monastery (Moisteiro dos Jeronimos) after the order that lived there, and proclaimed Our Lady of the Conception to be the "True Queen of Portugal". No king has worn a crown since. All subsequent kings were "acclaimed" instead of "crowned". The ceremony remained exactly the same except the placing of the crown on the sovereign's head was omitted and the crown remained at the foot of Our Lady of the Conception the entire time. So in 1817, João VI needed a new set of crown jewels with the resulting set consisting of a crown, two scepters, and a mantle. That means of course that the Crown of João VI has never been worn and has belonged exclusively to the Mother of God.
|The Crown of João VI|
|The Acclamation of of João IV, the last day a Portuguese Sovereign ever wore a crown.|
|The Scepter of the Armillary,|
topped with the
Portuguese Cross of Christ
|The Royal Mantle of João VI|
Now of course, the reason why João VI needed a new mantle is because João V donated his mantle to make a cape for the statue of Ecce Homo in Ponta Delgada:
|The cape of João V, on the bottom|