|4.2 Arms record history
SOVEREIGN AND STATE
The arms of the modern state may be different from the
arms of the sovereign which reflect dynastic history.
The State of Luxembourg uses as its arms the lion of the
medieval Luxemburg family (red on barry silver and blue), which became
associated with that geographical area and is used also by the Belgian
province of Luxembourg.
The present Grand Dukes are from a branch of the Nassau
family and on their arms they quarter the lion of Luxembourg with that
of Nassau (gold on blue with golden billets).