To hear a lecture delivered under this title in March 2012 by Dr Adrian Ailes of The National Archives, see here.

Proclamation of Accession of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II: On 8 February 1952, the Accession of The Queen was proclaimed by Garter King of Arms at St James's Palace; by Lancaster Herald at the site of the original Charing Cross; by Norroy and Ulster King of Arms at Temple Bar on the edge of the City of London; and at the Royal Exchange in the heart of the City. The heralds were accompanied by detachments of the Household Cavalry, with the State Trumpeters.

Illustrated left are the Arms and Crest granted to Michael John HUXLEY-EVANS of Edgbaston, in the City of Birmingham, by Letters Patent of Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms dated 28 October 2010.

Arms: Per fess nebuly Sable and Ermine in chief a Rose Argent barbed and seeded proper within a wreath of Thorns Or in base three Boar's Heads erased Sable armed Or.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Argent and Sable Upon a Grassy Mount Vert a Lion rampant reguardant Or resting the dexter hindpaw upon three Books fesswise Gules edged and clasped Or and holding in the forepaws a Long Cross flory gyronny of eight Argent and Sable. Mantled Sable doubled Argent.

College reference: Grants 175/160.

Welcome to the thirty-first edition of the College of Arms Newsletter.

The College of Arms operates a scheme whereby parish, town and community councils can petition for a grant of a coat of Arms at a specially reduced rate. Councils interested in pursuing this scheme to enable them to establish lawful Arms, particularly in view of the forthcoming Jubilee Year, should contact the Officer in Waiting.

Illustrated left are the Arms granted to Wootton Bassett Town Council, by Letters Patent of Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms, dated 30 August 2011, the day before the date of Her Majesty The Queen's Patent granting the designation Royal to the town. The town has long used unofficial Arms consisting of a chevron between three lozenges: the granted design adapts this to reflect the Royal favour accorded in recognition of Wootton Bassett's role in recent repatriations of fallen servicemen and women.

Arms: Gules a Chevron Argent between in chief two Lozenges and in base a Lion passant guardant Or.

Welcome to the thirtieth edition of the College of Arms Newsletter.

By decision of the College of Arms all proceeds arising from the sale of The Armorial of Haiti will be donated to the international effort for the relief of Haiti
after the calamitous earthquake of 12 January 2010.

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