On 22 June 2022, a Service of Thanksgiving for the birth and lasting legacy of the Elizabethan Statesman William Cecil, Lord Burghley, was held at Westminster Abbey. As part of the Service, David White, Garter Principal King of Arms, read out a proclamation of Lord Burghley's styles and titles as follows:

"Laud and praise be given unto Almighty God who by His divine power hath translated out of this transitory life unto His Eternal Glory the Right Honourable William (Cecil) Baron Burghley, Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Lord High Treasurer of England, sometime Secretary of State to the Queen’s Majesty, One of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council, Her Majesty’s Lieutenant for the County of Lincoln, Her Majesty’s Lieutenant for the County of Essex, Her Majesty’s Lieutenant for the County of Hertford, Master of the Court of Wards and Liveries, High Steward of Westminster, Chancellor of the University of Cambridge and Chancellor of the University of Dublin"

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William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley by Unknown artist
oil on panel, after 1587
NPG 362 © National Portrait Gallery, London

Armed Forces Day

Her Majesty's Government has indicated that to mark Armed Forces Week, Government buildings are encouraged to fly the Armed Forces Day Flag from Monday 20 June to Saturday 25 June inclusive.

Where buildings have two flag poles, the Union flag should be flown in the senior position.

If there is one flagpole and it is thought desirable to fly both flags, the Union flag should be flown above the Armed Forces Day Flag.

London Pride

Whitehall Government Buildings may also wish to fly the Rainbow Flag from Monday 27 June - Saturday 2 July inclusive to celebrate London Pride. If more than one flag is flown, the Union flag should be in the senior position.

Local authorities and other bodies and individuals are not bound by flag-flying instructions but may wish to follow them. 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.

Platinum Jubilee

31 May 2022

The Queen Platinum Jubilee Primary English

The Kings, Heralds and Pursuivants of Arms of the College of Arms join with the whole nation in congratulating Her Majesty The Queen on the occasion of her Platinum Jubilee.

 

In celebration of Her Majesty's 70 years of devoted service, many have decided to fly the Union flag from 08.00 on Thursday 2 June until 20.00 on Sunday 5 June. 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.

Following the death of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of United Arab Emirates and Emir of Abu Dhabi, 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, Friday 13 May until 20.00hrs on Saturday 14 May.

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.

Arundel Herald

11 May 2022

A.E.CurryThe Earl Marshal, with the consent of Her Majesty, has appointed Anne Elizabeth Curry to the office of Arundel Herald Extraordinary. Professor Curry is a distinguished medieval historian with research interests centered on the wars between England and France in the later middle ages. In particular she has studied and written on the Battle of Agincourt, Joan of Arc, and medieval soldiers, publishing numerous books and articles on these subjects. She played a leading role in the creation of the medieval soldier online database, and chaired the Agincourt 600 Trust which marked the 600th anniversary of the battle.

Professor Curry has also been Chair of the Battlefields Trust, a Trustee of the Royal Armouries, President of the Historical Association, Vice-President of the Royal Historical Society and Master of the Fletchers’ Company. She grew up in Chester-le-Street, co. Durham, before studying at Manchester. Her academic career took her to Teesside and then to Reading, before she was appointed a Professor at the University of Southampton. She went on to be Dean of Humanities before retiring in 2019. She is now Emeritus Professor of Medieval History.

Her Majesty's Warrant of Appointment, which was dated 3 May 2022, was issued in time for Anne Curry to take part in the State Opening of Parliament on 10 May, the first woman herald ever to have done so.

College of Arms Ms I36.68 Union Flag2Flag resources on College of Arms website: the following official resources have been made available online
Flag Flying Days 2022
Union Flag: FAQs
Union Flag: approved designs
Flags on churches
Flag-flying news by email

Illustrated left is the design of the Union Flag as proposed by the Officers of Arms and approved by Order in Council of George III on 5 November 1800. College reference: I.36/68.

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.

Portcullis Pursuivant

23 February 2022

By Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm dated 21 February 2022, Her Majesty The Queen has been pleased to appoint Dominic Charles Davenport Ingram to the Office of Portcullis Pursuivant of Arms, vacant by the promotion in 2017 of Christopher John Fletcher-Vane, now Chester Herald of Arms. The appointment has been gazetted here.

Dominic Ingram was born in Gloucestershire and educated at Pate’s Grammar School and the University of Oxford, where he read History at Magdalen College and received the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Master of Studies and Doctor of Philosophy.

Hagen T BA grant of Honorary Arms, Crest and Badge was made to Thomas Bailey HAGEN of Erie, Pennsylvania, USA, by Letters Patent of Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms dated 3 August 2021. He is sixth in descent from Jacob Bayley of Newbury, Orange County, Vermont, born 19 July 1726 at Newbury, then Colony of Massachusetts. College reference: Grants 183/303. The blazon is as follows:

Arms: Per chevron Argent and Azure in chief two Anchors Azure in base an Eagle displayed Or.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Argent and Azure Issuing from the span of a Bridge of two Towers Azure the Keystone Or a demi Griffin Azure holding in the feet a United States Naval Officer’s Sword erect Or. Mantled Azure doubled Argent.

Badge: Two United States Naval Officer’s Swords hilts downwards Or the blades crossed in saltire Azure and there surmounted by the slips conjoined of two Oak leaves in pale and two Acorns in fess Or.

B3The College of Arms is an important Grade 1 listed building dating from the 1670s, with significant later alterations. The final phase of a major programme of restoration of brickwork and pointing, and of repairs to the windows, has now been completed. This three-year programme, somewhat delayed by the pandemic, has seen the removal of all cementitious mortars, cleaning of the brickwork, and removal of decayed architraves and windows. It has included the repair and restoration of the decorative stonework including the examination and removal of over twenty layers of paint. Historic repairs from the mid-twentieth century had made wide use of cement, dyed and decorated to appear as bricks. These all needed to be removed and replaced.

The final phase, the elevation on Godliman Street, which originally contained the arched coaching entrance to the College before the remodelling in the 1860s, was particularly challenging due to the alignment of bricks in the southwest corner on Queen Victoria Street.

Restoration work revealed elements of the original stone arch on this façade, that had not been fully removed as originally assumed, but decoratively covered. Fastenings for the Royal Arms were still clearly visible, as was evidence of early tuck pointing behind a layer of brickwork. Paint analysis of some of the older windows that had been sealed for many years revealed the window decorations from the mid-1800s in brown and cream, in keeping with the fashion of that time.

The works were completed by lead contractor Fullers Builders under the guidance of Richard Griffiths Architects.

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