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. He would be invested by The Queen with the sword, coronet, ring, rod and mantle, whilst the Letters Patent of his creation were read in Welsh; and would then take his oath as Her Majesty’s liege man.

The Investiture of the Prince of Wales took place at Caernarfon Castle on 1 July 1969. Some footage of the ceremony may be seen here.  The ceremony was arranged by the Earl Marshal, Duke of Norfolk, with the Officers of Arms acting as his staff officers. What follows is an exhibition of some of the records of this work, which are held in the archives of the College of Arms.

1Personal flag granted to the Prince of Wales to be used in Wales. Granted by Royal Warrant, 21 May 1968. College of Arms Ms I. 83 p. 161 

Her Majesty's Government has instructed that to mark Armed Forces Week, Government buildings are encouraged to fly the Armed Forces Flag from Monday 24 June until Saturday 29 June 2016 inclusive. If flying alongside a national flag, the national flag should be in the senior position.

All Whitehall Government Buildings are also encouraged to fly the Rainbow Flag from Monday 1 July until Saturday 6 July inclusive to mark London Pride. If flying alongside a national flag, please ensure the national flag is in the senior position.

Local authorities are not bound by these instructions but may wish to follow them 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.

For information about Armed Forces Day flags and issues relating to the flying of flags more generally, please contact the Officer in Waiting at the College of Arms.

By Letters Patent under the Great Seal dated 13 June 2019, Her Majesty The Queen has been pleased to appoint Mark John Rosborough Scott to the office of Bluemantle Pursuivant of Arms, vacant since the promotion of Michael Peter Desmond O'Donoghue to the office of York Herald in 2012.

Mark Scott was born in Yorkshire in 1990 and educated at Leeds Grammar School and the University of Oxford, where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Mansfield College and received the degree of Master of Arts.

By Letters Patent under the Great Seal dated 12 June 2019, Her Majesty The Queen has been pleased to appoint Adam Simon Tuck to the office of Rouge Dragon Pursuivant of Arms, vacant since the promotion of Clive Edwin Alexander Cheesman to the office of Richmond Herald in 2010.

Adam Tuck received his first degree, of Master of Arts in History, from the University of Cambridge (Corpus Christi College); and his second degree, of Master of Arts in Graphic Design, from the University of the Arts London (London College of Communication). Outside his heraldic work he has been a graphic designer for over ten years, including working as the in-house designer at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

Royal Arms I51.131 compressedThe Royal Arms: Queen Victoria was born 200 years ago, on 24 May 1819, and came to the throne on 20 June 1837, on the death of William IV. The German possessions of the Crown passed to her uncle Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, who became King of Hanover. At a meeting of the Privy Council held on 21 July 1837 it was ordered that the Earl Marshal should appoint proper persons to attend a committee of the Council, who were to settle what alterations might be necessary to the Royal Arms as far as Hanover was concerned. The Earl Marshal appointed Sir William Woods, Clarenceux King of Arms, then acting as Deputy Garter, as well as Joseph Hawker, Richmond Herald and Charles Young, York Herald. A further meeting of the Privy Council held on 26 July received the report of the committee, which stated that the Officers of Arms had advised changes to the Royal Arms whereby the escutcheon representing the German possessions should be omitted. An illustration of the design is shown left, taken from the official records of the College of Arms. This was approved by Queen Victoria and a Royal Proclamation then issued dated 26 July 1837 setting out the new Royal Arms. The Royal Arms are still used in this form today. College reference: I.51/127.

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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