King of Arms


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.

Heraldic duties

In England, the authority to grant a coat of arms is subject to the formal approval of the Earl Marshal in the form of a warrant. In jurisdictions such as the Republic of Ireland the authority to grant armorial bearings has been delegated to a chief herald that serves the same purpose as the traditional king of arms. Canada also has a chief herald, though this officer grants arms on the authority of the Governor General as 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 Scotland has 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

*The Chief Herald of Canada
*The Chief Herald of Ireland
*The State Herald of South Africa
*The State Heraldist ("Statsheraldiker") of Sweden is the head of a branch of the National Archives of Sweden

panish Cronistas de Armas

*Cronistas Reyes 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 Portugal or Portugal Rei de Armas (with Rei de Armas Algarve and Rei de Armas Goa)

ee also

* The College of Arms
* The Court of the Lord Lyon
* The Canadian Heraldic Authority
*

External links

* [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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  • King-at-arms — King King, n. [AS. cyng, cyning; akin to OS. kuning, D. koning, OHG. kuning, G. k[ o]nig, Icel. konungr, Sw. konung, Dan. konge; formed with a patronymic ending, and fr. the root of E. kin; cf. Icel. konr a man of noble birth. [root]44. See {Kin} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • King-of-arms — King King, n. [AS. cyng, cyning; akin to OS. kuning, D. koning, OHG. kuning, G. k[ o]nig, Icel. konungr, Sw. konung, Dan. konge; formed with a patronymic ending, and fr. the root of E. kin; cf. Icel. konr a man of noble birth. [root]44. See {Kin} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • king-at-arms — king of armsˈ (sometimes king at armsˈ) noun A principal herald (those of England having the designations Garter, Clarencieux, and Norroy and Ulster (includes N Ireland), of Scotland, Lyon) • • • Main Entry: ↑king * * * king at arms «KIHNG uht… …   Useful english dictionary

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  • king of arms — king′ of arms′ n. pl. kings of arms her the highest ranking officer of arms of a government • Etymology: 1400–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • king-of-arms — [kiŋ′əv ärmz′] n. in Great Britain, any of the chief officers who decide questions of heraldry …   English World dictionary

  • King of Arms — Wappenkönig Sir Alfred Scott Scott Gatty. Er trägt den Wappenrock des Garter Principal King of Arms, in der Hand hält er den Heroldsstab. Karikatur aus der Zeitschrift Vanity Fair, 1904. Ein Wappenkönig ist der oberste Herold seines… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • King's Arms — See also The King s Arms charity, Petersfield, Hampshire, England. The King s Arms (colloquially known as the KA) is one of the main student public houses in Oxford, England. It is located in a prominent position on the corner of Parks Road and… …   Wikipedia

  • king of arms — Usage: often capitalized K&A Etymology: Middle English kings of armes : an officer of arms of the highest rank : a principal herald called also king at arms …   Useful english dictionary

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