[ANSTHRLD] Arms of the Coronet

Tim McDaniel tmcd at panix.com
Wed Jul 22 12:28:41 PDT 2009

On Wed, 22 Jul 2009, kevinkeary at aol.com wrote:
> tmcd at panix.com:
>> Laurel has an official preference for the kingdom arms with a
>> label.
> Seriously? Why register differenced arms for the Coronet then?

We don't any more.  Forbidden in the December 2003 LoAR Cover Letter.


>From Laurel: Devices for Consorts and Royal Heirs

This month we were called upon to reflect on the SCA's policy of
registering devices for a consort (either for a kingdom or a
princpality), or for royal heirs apparent (also for a kingdom or
principality). We have no evidence of a real-world consort having arms
that differed from her husband's (except for marshalling). We likewise
have no evidence of an heir apparent having arms that were not a
differenced version of the arms of their parent, except for
marshalling, and for fiefs that the heir apparent might have had (such
as the Dauphin{e'}, ruled by the dauphin, the heir to the French

The practice of registering devices for the consort and heirs is
falling out of favor in the SCA in general. Some of the newer kingdoms
have not registered devices for their consorts and their heirs. We
applaud the trend to a more period practice with regards to arms, or
lack of separate armory for the consort and heirs.

Because the SCA device is parallel to real-world practices for arms,
the SCA shall no longer register devices for consorts or for heirs to
a kingdom or principality after July 2004.

Under this decision, consorts in kingdoms or principalities without
consort's arms may use the undifferenced kingdom arms, and kingdoms
may elect to allow both heirs to the throne to display the kingdom
arms differenced by a label or other standard mark of cadency. This
matches some period armorial display for royal arms.

Kingdoms and principalites that currently have arms registered for the
consort or heirs may submit changes to the registered armory via the
application of the grandfather clause. We shall require a poll of the
populace showing support for changes to the armory. Note that this
poll has not previously been explicitly required for the armory of the
heirs apparent, but it seems appropriate to require such a poll, which
is already required for consorts.

Kingdoms and principalities that currently have arms registered for
the consort or heirs are encouraged to consider following period
practice and to discontinue the use of the armory.

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