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College of Arms

noun

Heralds' College

noun
1.
a royal corporation in England, instituted in 1483, concerned chiefly with armorial bearings, genealogies, honors, and precedence.
Also called College of Arms.
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British Dictionary definitions for college arms

college of arms

noun
1.
any of several institutions in the United Kingdom having a royal charter to deal with matters of heraldry, grant armorial bearings, record and trace genealogies, etc Also called heralds' college

heralds' college

noun
1.
another name for college of arms
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College of Arms

, corporation of the royal heralds of England and Wales. After the Court of Lord Lyon (the heraldic corporation of Scotland), it is the oldest active heraldic institution in Europe. The college investigates, records, and advises on the use of coats of arms (armorial bearings), royal grants, and pedigrees. It also undertakes the planning of state ceremonies such as coronations and the first sitting of Parliament. Some other nations of the Commonwealth (e.g., Australia and New Zealand) consult with the College of Arms on heraldic matters such as the design of government flags. It is headquartered on Queen Victoria Street, City of London.

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