A grant of Arms, Crest and Badge (illustrated left) was made to Heston Marc Blumenthal of Bray in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, OBE, by Letters Patent of Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms dated 18 June 2013. College reference: Grants 177/132. The blazon is:

Arms: Sable issuant in pall three dexter cubit Arms vested Or each charged with a Rose Gules and cuffed Argent the hands appaumy proper between in chief an Apple slipped and leaved and in base two Lyres Or.

Crest: A Duck wings elevated and addorsed Or holding in the dexter foot a Magnifying-glass proper the frame and handle Gules and in the beak three Stems of Lavender flowered proper tied Gules.

Badge: A Duck's Leg erased à la quise Or.Blumenthal005

The design of the Arms and Crest represents the five senses, which the distinguished chef and food scientist Heston Blumenthal considers should all contribute to the enjoyment of food. The hands stand for touch, the apple for taste, the lyre for hearing, the lavender for smell, and the magnifying glass for sight and scientific examination. The duck in the Crest and the duck's foot in the Badge allude to Heston Blumenthal's restaurant The Fat Duck and the three roses recall its three Michelin stars.

John Petrie, Rouge Croix PursuivantBy Letters Patent dated 26 July 2013, Her Majesty the Queen has been pleased to appoint John Michael Allen-Petrie to the office of Rouge Croix Pursuivant of Arms, vacant since the promotion of David Vines White to the office of Somerset Herald in 2004.

John Petrie (right) was born in Canada in 1980 and educated at the Institut d'études politiques de Paris, where he received a master's degree in sciences politiques, and at the London School of Economics, where he received the degree of M.Sc. Before coming to the College of Arms and successfully completing a probationary period in the practice of William Hunt, Windsor Herald of Arms, he worked at the Bank of England in the division regulating the circulation and issuance of bank notes in the United Kingdom.

Following the announcement of the birth of a son to their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, instructions have been received that the buildings of Her Majesty's Government should fly the Union Flag at full mast from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., tomorrow, 23 July 2013.

Local authorities are not bound by this request but may wish to follow it for guidance. Devolved administrations are responsible for issuing instructions for the flying of the Union Flag on buildings in their estate and others as necessary.

Enquiries regarding the flying of flags should be addressed to the Officer in Waiting, College of Arms.

Photograph Album p. 15 photo a compressedPlanning the Coronation: the Coronation ceremony, with other State ceremonials, falls under the jurisdiction of the Earl Marshal, one of the Great Officers of State. The Officers of Arms, or heralds, act as his Staff. They also maintain the official records of coronations, which are held in the archives of the College of Arms. The Coronation service of 1953 was planned and arranged by the Earl Marshal's Office.

On display at the College of Arms are facsimiles of documents in the College archives relating to the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Included are examples of preparations for the ceremony, photographs of the service itself, and subsequent analysis of the proceedings by Garter King of Arms for the use of future generations. Also included are photographs of artefacts owned by the College which were used in the preparation for the service and at the ceremony itself.

Some of these items can also be seen on the College of Arms website: http://www.college-of-arms.gov.uk/news-grants/news/item/84-planning-the-coronation

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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