The College of Arms Foundation is the society of American and overseas friends of the College of Arms. Its mission is to promote English heraldry in the United States and to support the work of the College of Arms. It was founded in 1983.

The Foundation seeks to the raise funds to support the College. These funds will help conserve important historical manuscripts held by the College, many of which are centuries old; to support research and cataloguing projects at the College; and to publish relevant works.

The Foundation encourages all those with an interest to join them in the promotion of heraldry by financially supporting the conservation and publication efforts at the College of Arms as well as other projects. While it aims its efforts at the American audience, it cheerfully encourages and accepts members from other countries.

The College is also supported by the White Lion Society.

The White Lion Society is a society of friends of the College of Arms. It exists to support the College in its various official functions, as well as to assist in the preservation of the College’s building. The Society also makes significant contributions to the conservation of the College’s precious archive of manuscripts, and to the acquisition of new items for the archive and the library.

The Society was founded in 1986 and it raises funds through subscriptions and events as well as through donations.

The President of the Society is The Duke of Norfolk, GCVO, Earl Marshal.

All those with an interest in heraldry and genealogy or who would like to support the work of the College of Arms are encouraged to join the White Lion Society, which they will find to be friendly and convivial. They will receive a quarterly Newsletter, and an invitation to an Annual Reception held at the College of Arms. A number of visits are arranged for members each year to sites of heraldic interest. Other periodic events and celebrations are held.

The College is also supported by American friends via the College of Arms Foundation.

Accession Proclamation

The text of the proclamation for the United Kingdom was drawn up by the Accession Council, which met in St James's Palace on 10 September at 1000 hours. The text of the Accession Proclamation has been published here, and can be downloaded as a PDF.

The Principal Proclamation was made from the balcony in Friary Court at St James’s Palace, London, by Garter King of Arms, David White, accompanied by the other Officers of Arms (the heralds), on 10 September, at 1100 hours. It was marked by the firing of two Gun Salutes, viz. a Royal Salute of 41 Guns by King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Hyde Park and a Royal Salute of 62 Guns by the Honourable Artillery Company at the Tower of London.

The City Proclamation was then made at 1200 hours from the steps of the Royal Exchange, City of London, by Clarenceux King of Arms, Timothy Duke; he processed from the Mansion House accompanied by the other heralds (save Garter), the Lord Mayor and other City office-holders. State Trumpeters were present, four posted with the party at the Royal Exchange and four on the Mansion House balcony to echo their calls.

The text of the Proclamation has now been published. It has been read out in suitable locations by High Sheriffs, Lord Mayors, Mayors and others in England and Wales. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has distributed the text to British missions overseas, to British overseas territories and dependencies, and the Commonwealth Realms. On September 11 the Proclamation was read in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast, as follows:

Norroy and Ulster King of Arms, Robert Noel, made the Northern Ireland Proclamation on the terrace in front of the State Entrance of Hillsborough Castle in the presence of representatives of the Northern Ireland civil and military establishments.

The Lord Lieutenant for South Glamorgan, Morfudd Meredith, and Wales Herald, Thomas Lloyd OBE DL, made the Proclamation for Wales in Welsh and English, at 1200 hours. They stood on a dais in the grounds of Cardiff Castle in the presence of representatives of the civil and military establishments in Wales.

Lord Lyon King of Arms, Joseph Morrow CBE DL, made the first Proclamation in Scotland at the Mercat Cross in Edinburgh, in the company of the other Scottish heralds and the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, the Sheriff Principal of Lothian and Borders, and other office-holders of the City of Edinburgh. This reading of the Proclamation is said to be to the people of Scotland. The party then processed to Edinburgh Castle where the Proclamation was made a second time on the Castle Drawbridge. This reading of the Proclamation is said to be to the people of Edinburgh. State Trumpeters will be present at both readings.



Whereas it has pleased Almighty God to call to His Mercy our late Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth the Second of Blessed and Glorious Memory, by whose Decease the Crown of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is solely and rightfully come to The Prince Charles Philip Arthur George: We, therefore, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal of this Realm and Members of the House of Commons, together with other members of Her late Majesty’s Privy Council and representatives of the Realms and Territories, Aldermen and Citizens of London, and others, do now hereby with one voice and Consent of Tongue and Heart publish and proclaim that The Prince Charles Philip Arthur George is now, by the Death of our late Sovereign of Happy Memory, become our only lawful and rightful Liege Lord Charles the Third, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of His other Realms and Territories, King, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, to whom we do acknowledge all Faith and Obedience with humble Affection; beseeching God by whom Kings and Queens do reign to bless His Majesty with long and happy Years to reign over us.

Given at St. James’s Palace this Tenth day of September in the year of Our Lord Two thousand and twenty-two.


Online exhibitions posted by Dr Lynsey Darby, the predecessor to the current College of Arms Archivist Dr James Lloyd, give a good overview of some of the kinds of archival material held by the College. They include:

The Battle of Agincourt

Arundel MS 29 f. 54r cropped The Battle of Agincourt took place on 25th October 1415, one of a series of engagements between England and France in what would later be known as the Hundred Years' War. The English King Edward III in 1337 claimed the throne of France as his inheritance through his mother, sister of Charles IV, the last Capetian King of France. 

The Battle of Waterloo and the Duke of Wellington

 Bath Book vol 5 A4 compressed The Battle of Waterloo, which took place on 18 June 1815, was the last major battle of the Napoleonic Wars and saw the final defeat of the Emperor Napoleon by the combined forces of the armies of the Seventh Coalition, led by the Duke of Wellington, and the Prussian Army, commanded by Gebhard von Blücher.

The Funeral of Sir Winston Churchill

 WSC Funeral order of procession compressed

The year 2015 sees the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Sir Winston Churchill, K.G., O.M., C.H. Churchill received many great honours both domestically and internationally. Arguably one of the greatest followed his death on 24 January 1965: the grant of a State Funeral. This took place at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on 30 January 1965.


The Accession of George I

 I. 27 p 45 coin designs compressed August 2014 saw the 300th anniversary of the accession of King George I to the throne of Great Britain, marking the start of the rule of the Hanoverian dynasty.

The College's collection of pedigree rolls

 09 58 cropped compressed In the middle of 2013, a project was begun to locate, rehouse and list comprehensively the large collection of rolled material held at the College. Pedigree rolls make up the most significant proportion of this collection. These pedigrees (genealogies, or 'family trees') take a surprisingly wide variety of forms.

The Great Fire of London

 7. Acc 1978 6 Fox Mason compressed In September 1666, Derby House, the home of the College of Arms, burned down in the Fire of London. As the fire spread from Pudding Lane, sufficient warning was given to allow almost all the books and manuscripts to be rescued. These were taken, probably by boat, to Whitehall.

The Order of the British Empire and the Order of the Companions of Honour

 4. Misc Enrolments p. 57 compressed Two new British orders of chivalry were instituted 100 years ago this year, in June 1917: the Order of the British Empire, and the Order of the Companions of Honour.

Sir Henry Farnham Burke, Garter King of Arms

Burke Sir Henry Farnham 72dpi This year marks the 100th anniversary of the appointment of Sir Henry Farnham Burke, KCVO, CB, FSA, as Garter King of Arms. Son of Sir Bernard Burke, Ulster King of Arms, and grandson of John Burke, the founder of Burke’s Peerage.

Investiture of the Prince of Wales

1 HRH Prince Charles was created Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester by Letters Patent dated 26 July 1958. Building on the ancient tradition of bestowing this title on the eldest son and heir apparent of the Sovereign, and following the precedent set by the future Edward VIII, who was formally recognised or invested as Prince of Wales at a ceremony at Caernarfon Castle in 1911, it was decided that Prince Charles should be formally invested in a ceremony there.

Other online exhibitions available on this website:

Dagger detail2 A4 Artefacts associated with the Battle of Flodden
29149 21 Crowns and Crests: Heraldry in the Round



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