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  • HRH The Duchess of Cornwall's Coat of Arms

On 17th July 2005, Clarence House announced the new Coat of Arms for Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall.

The crest incorporates both the Coat of Arms of her husband, HRH The Prince of Wales, and her father, Major Bruce Shand. On the left-hand side of the central shield is the Royal Lion Supporter of The Prince of Wales while on the right-hand side is a boar taken from Major Shand’s Crest.

As with all Coats of Arms for the Royal Family, Her Majesty The Queen authorised the unique crest.

Mr Peter Gwynn-Jones was the Garter Principal King of Arms, the senior Herald and responsible for all matters of Royal Heraldry at the time.

He said: “It has been a great pleasure to work on preparing The Duchess’s Coat of Arms and to ensure that the identity of her own family is clearly displayed in this new form.”

The Duchess, The Prince and The Queen all took a keen interest in the development of the Coat of Arms.

The Shield in the Coat of Arms is divided in two down the centre. To the left (called the dexter in heraldry because of the way the shield was carried) are the Arms of The Prince of Wales, which show the Royal Arms, with two symbolic additions that make His Royal Highness’s Coat of Arms different from The Queen’s.

First, there is a white label with three points and second, there is a small shield, or inescutcheon, with the Arms of the Principality of Wales that is surmounted by an Heir Apparent’s single arched Coronet. This is the same single arched Coronet that is used to surmount The Duchess’s shield and is used because, as wife to the Heir Apparent, she is entitled to it according to the Royal Warrant of King Charles II, dated 9th February 1661.

The Duchess of Cornwall’s Coat of Arms was announced on 17th July 2005 to mark Her Royal Highness’s 58th birthday.

According to the College of Arms, Coats of Arms are not just granted to Royalty. Any person, corporation or established body may apply either to the College of Arms, London (if resident in England, Wales or Northern Ireland) or to the Court of the Lord Lyon, Edinburgh (if resident in Scotland).

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