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Event date | May 23, 2023

Private visit to the College of Arms, Tuesday 23rd May at 6 for 6.15pm – 8.45pm  130 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4V 4BT

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, and changes of name. 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 only part of the Royal Household remaining in the City of London, and is one of the few Heraldic Courts in Europe today.

The Garter King of Arms proclaimed the Accession of His Majesty King Charles III at St. James’s Palace on 10th September 2022, and the College designed the new royal cypher chosen by the King.

Chelsea Society members heard a  talk by the Windsor Herald (who is directly appointed by the King) and there was a visit to the Record Room where a selection of records were viewed dating back to 1484.

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