Heraldry

How to Obtain a Coat of Arms (if you are British)

If you are a British citizen, you probably can obtain a coat of arms. An article in the Mirror web site at http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/ampp3d/missed-out-new-years-honours-4897332 will help you find out if you’re eligible.

Citizens of other countries also might be eligible for a coat of arms but the article in the Mirror only covers Great Britain. However, you cannot claim a coat of arms as your own simply because someone else of the same last name had a legitimate coat of arms. In most cases, each individual must obtain his own, personal coat of arms. In most cases, there is no such thing as a “family coat of arms.”

Married Gay Couples Can Now Get Official Coats Of Arms in Great Britain

Same-sex couples can now create their own coat of arms.

For centuries, married couples have been designing shared shields that combine their family histories in one heraldic symbol. But the strict rules of the ancient body meant civil partners could not qualify. Now, a month on from the first ever same-sex marriage, the College of Arms has revealed gay and lesbian married couples can be welcomed into the tradition.

Details may be found at http://goo.gl/w717Xc.

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