College of Arms
Sometimes called the Herald's Office, it is the official authority in all matters relating to armorial bearings and pedigrees and has occupied this site since 1554, the present charter having been presented by Elizabeth I in 1555. The building - Derby House, a great brick town house, and one of the few surviving secular buildings erected in the City immediately after the Great Fire, was presented to the College by Queen Mary I (Mary Tudor) in 1554.
The Corporation comprises three Kings of Arms (Garter, Clarenceux, and Norroy & Ulster), six Heralds and four Pursuivants all members of the Royal Household and appointed by the Crown on the Earl Marshall's advice, (Dukes of Norfolk by hereditary right and one of whose tasks is the arrangement of State Ceremonies).
(Earl Marshal's Court) Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm. closed Public Holidays
Telephone: 020 7248 2762
Address: Queen Victoria Street, EC4
Website: College of Arms
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