- King of Arms
King of Arms is the senior rank of an officer of arms. In many heraldic traditions, only a king of arms has the authority to grant
armorial bearings. In other traditions, the power has been delegated to other officers of similar rank.
England, the authority to grant a coat of armsis subject to the formal approval of the Earl Marshalin the form of a warrant. In jurisdictions such as the Republic of Irelandthe authority to grant armorial bearings has been delegated to a chief herald that serves the same purpose as the traditional king of arms. Canadaalso has a chief herald, though this officer grants arms on the authority of the Governor Generalas the Queen's representative. In the Kingdom of Spain, the power to certify coats of arms has been given to the "Cronistas de Armas" (Chroniclers of Arms).
The English and Scottish kings of arms are the only officers of arms to have a distinctive coronet of office, used for ceremonial purposes such as coronations. At the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, the kings of arms used a coronet trimmed with sixteen acanthus leaves alternating in height, and inscribed with the words "Miserere mei Deus secundum magnum misericordiam tuam" (Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy great mercy.). When this coronet is shown in pictorial representations, only nine leaves and the first three words are shown. Recently, a new coronet modeled on the Scottish Royal crown among the
Honours of Scotlandhas been made for the Lord Lyon. This crown, also, will only be worn at coronations.
Kings of Arms and Heraldic Authorities
English Kings of Arms
Garter Principal King of Arms
Clarenceux King of Arms
Norroy and Ulster King of Arms
cottish King of Arms
Lord Lyon King of Arms
Chief or State Heralds
panish Cronistas de Armas
Other Kings of Arms
King of Arms Royal House of Bourbon Two Sicilies (Appointed by H.R.H. The Duke of Castro)
Rei de Armas Portugalor Portugal Rei de Armas(with Rei de Armas Algarveand Rei de Armas Goa)
* [http://www.lyon-court.com The Court of the Lord Lyon]
* [http://www.college-of-arms.gov.uk The College of Arms]
* [http://www.gg.ca/heraldry/index_e.asp The Canadian Heraldic Authority]
* [http://www.nli.ie/fr_offi2.htm The Office of the Chief Herald of Ireland]
* Genealogy & Heraldry Bill, 2006 [http://www.oireachtas.ie/documents/bills28/bills/2006/2306/b2306s.pdf] - new legislation on heraldry before the Irish Senate
* [http://fmunozaltea.cronistas.info/ King of Arms Royal House of Bourbon Two Sicilies (Appointed by H.R.H. The Duke of Castro)]
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