Following the attacks on Israel, special instructions have been received that as a mark of respect, UK Government Buildings able to fly the Israel flag and to light up buildings or monuments, should do so from as soon as possible today 8 October 2023 until 20:00 on Friday 13 October. Other organisations may wish to follow suit.

Local authorities are not bound by this request. 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 correct protocols for the flying of Union and other flags should be addressed to the Officer in Waiting at the College of Arms in the first instance.

Register to receive up-to-date advice from the College of Arms on official flag-flying days, instructions for flying flags at half-mast, and other relevant information, here.

Homage at coronationHis Majesty King Charles III and Her Majesty Queen Camilla were anointed and crowned by the Lord-Archbishop of Canterbury at the Collegiate Church of Saint Peter at Westminster on the 6th day of May 2023.

Image Yui Mok/Alamy.

Stole Royal

11 May 2023

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The Stole with which His Majesty The King was invested during the Coronation on Saturday 6 May was made by the Royal School of Needlework to a design of Timothy Noad, Herald Painter at the College of Arms, created by him under the supervision of Garter King of Arms.

The Stole was commissioned as a present to The King by the Worshipful Company of Girdlers.

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The design makes reference to earlier Coronation Stoles and features the Tudor rose, thistle, shamrock and leek together with an eagle beneath a Tudor crown. The symbols of the four evangelists also appear, worked in gold on purple roundels, as do the cross keys of St Peter, the patron saint of Westminster Abbey, and the dove symbol of the Holy Ghost. Additional panels in the design were inspired by the geometric patterns of the Abbey’s Cosmati pavement on which the Coronation Chair sat during the Coronation Service. The gridiron, symbol of St Lawrence, patron saint of the Girdlers Company, also appears.

Coronation

09 May 2023

The Officers of Arms of the College of Arms and its Scottish counterpart the Court of the Lord Lyon were proud to take part in the Coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla on Saturday 6 May 2023 at Westminster Abbey alongside the Earl Marshal, the Duke of Norfolk G.C.V.O.

Officers from the College of Arms in attendance at the Abbey were:

David White, Garter Principal King of Arms
Timothy Duke, Clarenceux King of Arms
Robert Noel, Norroy and Ulster King of Arms
Clive Cheesman, Richmond Herald
Peter O'Donoghue, York Herald
The Hon. Christopher Vane, Chester Herald
John Petrie O.B.E., Windsor Herald
John Martin Robinson, Maltravers Herald Extraordinary
David Rankin-Hunt C.V.O., M.B.E., T.D., Norfolk Herald Extraordinary
Thomas Lloyd O.B.E., Wales Herald Extraordinary
Professor Anne Curry, Arundel Herald Extraordinary
Adam Tuck, Rouge Dragon Pursuivant
Mark Scott, Bluemantle Pursuivant
Dominic Ingram, Portcullis Pursuivant
Thomas Johnston, Rouge Croix Pursuivant

Officers from the Lyon Court in attendance at the Abbey were:

Joseph Morrow C.V.O., C.B.E., K.C., Lord Lyon King of Arms
The Hon. Adam Bruce W.S., Marchmont Herald
Liam Devlin, Rothesay Herald
Sir Crispin Agnew of Lochnaw Bt., L.V.O., K.C., Albany Herald Extraordinary
George Way of Plean, Carrick Pursuivant
John Stirling W.S., Ormond Pursuivant
Roderick Macpherson, Unicorn Pursuivant
Professor Gillian Black, Linlithgow Pursuivant Extraordinary
Colin Russell, Falkland Pursuivant Extraordinary
Philip Tibbetts, March Pursuivant Extraordinary

Officers of Arms in Westminster Hall

Officers of the College of Arms and the Lyon Court can be distinguished by their different tabards, the tabards of the Scottish Officers being those of the Royal Arms used in Scotland. The Kings of Arms are wearing their Crowns which were donned the moment St. Edward's Crown was placed upon The King's head by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Coronation is the only occasion when the Kings of Arms wear their Crowns of office and when Officers wear white breeches instead of the usual black.

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.

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.

 

Following the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who was Pope from 2005 until 2013, special instructions have been received that as a mark of respect UK Government Buildings should lower their Union Flags to half-mast from as soon as possible today Saturday 31 December 2022 until 20.00hrs.

Any other UK national flags flown alongside the Union Flag when it is at half-mast should also be at half-mast. If a flag of a foreign nation is normally flown on the same stand as, or instead of, the Union Flag, it should be removed.

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 correct protocols for the flying of Union and other flags should be addressed to the Officer in Waiting at the College of Arms in the first instance.

Register to receive up-to-date advice from the College of Arms on official flag-flying days, instructions for flying flags at half-mast, and other relevant information, here.

Her Majesty The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral Castle on 8 September 2022. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales succeeded to the throne. His Majesty’s title in the United Kingdom, and in the other territories for whose foreign relations his Government in the United Kingdom is responsible, is Charles III, 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. His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge succeeded to the titles of Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Baron of Renfrew, and Lord of the Isles, and to the office of Great Steward of Scotland.

On 9 September, the Earl Marshal issued an Order for General Mourning. Later that day he was received in audience by His Majesty The King.

On 10 September, an Accession Council assembled at Saint James’s Palace, of which the Earl Marshal and David White, Garter King of Arms, were members. The Council approved the text of an Accession Proclamation, which was signed by the Councillors, and ordered it to be sealed with the Great Seal of the Realm. The Council then ordered ‘that the Kings of Arms, Heralds and Pursuivants do attend at the Court at St. James’s to proceed with the usual ceremonies to proclaim His Majesty King Charles the Third’. At 11 a.m., Garter King of Arms, with the other Officers of Arms in attendance, proclaimed His Majesty’s accession at Saint James’s Palace. At noon, Timothy Duke, Clarenceux King of Arms, again attended by the other Officers of Arms, proclaimed His Majesty’s accession at the Royal Exchange in the City of London. At noon on 11 September, His Majesty’s accession was proclaimed by Robert Noel, Norroy and Ulster King of Arms, at Hillsborough Castle, and by the Lord Lieutenant of South Glamorgan, Morfudd Meredith and Thomas Lloyd, Wales Herald, at Cardiff Castle. At 12.30 p.m. Phillip O’Shea, New Zealand Herald, proclaimed His Majesty’s accession at Parliament House, Wellington.

On 14 September, the Officers of Arms had the honour of preceding Her late Majesty’s coffin into Westminster Hall, and remained in attendance during the service conducted by His Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury and the initial period of lying-in-state.

On 16 September, Wales Herald was in attendance upon His Majesty The King during his visit to the Welsh Parliament.

On 18 September, His Majesty The King invested the Earl Marshal with the insignia of a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, an honour which The late Queen had conferred upon him on 2 June.

On 19 September, the Officers of Arms took part in the procession of Her late Majesty’s coffin from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey, the State Funeral at Westminster Abbey, the procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch, the procession from the Long Walk at Windsor to Saint George’s Chapel, and the Committal Service at Saint George’s Chapel. At the conclusion of the Committal Service, Garter King of Arms recited the styles and titles of Her late Majesty:

‘Thus it hath pleased Almighty God to take out of this transitory life unto His Divine Mercy the late Most High, Most Mighty, and Most Excellent Monarch, Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, and Sovereign of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.

Let us humbly beseech Almighty God to bless with long life, health and honour, and all worldly happiness the Most High, Most Mighty, and Most Excellent Monarch, our Sovereign Lord, Charles the Third, now, 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, and Sovereign of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.'


Purple Staff
The funeral processions in London and Windsor were marshalled by the Earl Marshal, assisted by Purple Staff Officers from the Guards Division. Purple staves are traditionally carried at the funeral of the monarch; purple being a royal mourning colour.

On 26 September, New Zealand Herald recited the styles and titles of Her late Majesty as Queen of New Zealand at the State Memorial Service at Saint Paul’s Cathedral, Wellington.

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