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Event date | Jun 02, 2020

Private visit to the College of Arms


The College of Arms offers a fascinating insight into the importance of Heraldry in British history and its continuation in the 21st century. Heraldry dates back to 1127 and from the 12th Century Heralds were attached to the households of rulers and Landowners. Richard III granted the Heralds a Charter of Incorporation at the College of Arms in 1484, and the College has occupied its present site since 1555.

The College of Arms is the official heraldic authority for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and much of the Commonwealth including Australia and New Zealand. As well as being responsible for the granting of new Coats of Arms, the College maintains registers of arms, pedigrees, genealogies, Royal Licences, changes of name and flags. The Heralds, besides having ceremonial duties, advise on all matters relating to the peerage and baronetage, precedence, honours and ceremonial as well as national and community symbols including flags. It is the last part of the Royal Household remaining in the City of London and one of the few Heraldic Courts in Western Europe today.

A talk will be given by the Windsor Herald (directly appointed by the Queen) and there will be a visit to the Record Room where a selection of records will be viewed dating back to 1484.

Tickets £28 including a glass of wine (max 20 people). There are steps up to the entrance, and the W.C. is on the 3rd floor – no lift.

Tickets are available (for members and their guests only) from the Box Office at the Cadogan Hall, 3 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ in person (Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm (Sunday 12 noon – 6pm – performance days only) or by phone 0207-730-4500 (booking not available online). A charge is made by Cadogan Hall for card payments so it is better to book in person, or by post, with cheque payable to Cadogan Hall.

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