The National Emblem of India is derived from the time of the Emperor Ashoka. The emblem is a replica of the Lion of Sarnath, near Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. The Lion Capital was erected in the third century BC by Emperor Ashoka to mark the spot where Buddha first proclaimed his gospel of peace and emancipation to the four quarters of the world. The national emblem is thus symbolic of the contemporary India’s re-affirmation of its ancient commitment to world peace and goodwill.
(L-R) Princess Alexandra of Hanover, her brother Pierre Casiraghi and niece India Casiraghi greet the crowd from the palace's balcony during the Monaco National Day Celebrations on November 19, 2016 in Monaco, Monaco.