Arms of HM Queen Camilla compressedAt Buckingham Palace on 21 February, His Majesty The King granted arms to Her Majesty Queen Camilla by Warrant. This is the first grant of arms made by His Majesty. The arms granted are:

Arms: Within the Garter Our Royal Arms impaling the Arms of Shand surmounted by Our Crown

Supporters: To the dexter A Lion Guardant Or Crowned proper and to the sinister A Boar Azure armed and unguled Or langued Gules and gorged with a Coronet composed of Crosses formy and Fleurs-de-lys attached thereto a Chain reflexed over the back and ending in a Ring all Or

These arms replace those previously granted by Queen Elizabeth II to the then Duchess of Cornwall on 14 July 2005.

This document sets out the official protocol relating to the flying of flags to celebrate the Coronation of Their Majesties The King and Queen. A PDF version can be downloaded here.

All official flags*, including the Union Flag, will be flown at full mast from 08.00 on the morning of Friday 5 May, until 20.00 on Monday 8 May.

The only exception is when The King is present within a building or its precincts, at which time the Royal Standard will be flown.

The flag flown should be clean and in a state of good repair. Approved versions of the Union flag may be downloaded here.

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*Official flags in this instance are defined as Union Flags, the national flags of the home nations, ensigns and ships’ colours.

 The instructions above are not binding on local authorities, public institutions or others. They will need to take their own decisions as to flag-flying; but the protocol may be useful.

The flying of flags in general is governed by planning laws, which state that flags may not be flown without planning consent, unless they fall into certain categories. For details of these categories please see here. It also comes under the general oversight and authority of the Earl Marshal, in England, Wales and Northern Ireland; and Lord Lyon King of Arms, in Scotland.

Rouge Croix Pursuivant

21 February 2023

By Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm dated 20 February 2023, His Majesty The King has been pleased to appoint Thomas Andrew Johnston to the Office of Rouge Croix Pursuivant of Arms, vacant by the promotion in 2019 of John Michael Allen-Petrie, now Windsor Herald of Arms. The appointment has been gazetted here.

Thomas Johnston was born in Tasmania, Australia and educated at The Hutchins School and the University of Tasmania, where he read Law and Classics. He previously served as an Infantry Officer in the Australian Army (Royal Australian Regiment).

The King and Queen Consort have been pleased to approve that the rules governing the commercial use of Royal Photographs and Official Insignia may be temporarily relaxed to allow their use on souvenirs marking the Coronation. Official guidance may be downloaded here

The guidance states:

Correct versions of the Royal Arms and the Royal Cyphers should be used. Examples may be obtained (on payment of a fee) by application to Garter King of Arms. In Scotland, so far as the Royal Arms are concerned, examples may be obtained from the Lord Lyon King of Arms, H.M. New Register House, Edinburgh, EH1 3YT. Advice on approved versions of other Royal, National or Regional devices is obtainable from Garter King of Arms or Lord Lyon King of Arms.

Souvenirs of The Coronation may not be manufactured after 6th November, 2023.

For advice on the use of any Royal insignia or devices in connection with the Coronation, on flags, or on souvenir items, please contact the College of Arms

Coronation Emblem

11 February 2023

Coronation 2023 Red Blue SmallThe official Coronation Emblem has been published by Buckingham Palace. It is available in Welsh and English, and guidelines for its use have also been published by the Lord Chamberlain's Office. The emblem can be downloaded in PDF and PNG formats, in two sizes, and in various colours, via this page.

The design pays tribute to The King’s love of the natural world, unifying the flora of the four nations of the United Kingdom: the rose of England, the thistle of Scotland, the daffodil of Wales and the shamrock of Northern Ireland. Together, the flowers create the shape of St Edward’s Crown, with which His Majesty The King will be crowned during the Coronation Service at Westminster Abbey on Saturday, 6th May. The emblem has been designed using the red, white and blue of the union flag.

The emblem was designed by Sir Jony Ive, KBE and his creative collective, LoveFrom. David White, Garter King of Arms, provided advice as to the heraldic aspects of the design.


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