The College is composed of thirteen Officers of Arms, whose names conjure up the romantic days of chivalry. As of December 2015, they are:
The Kings of Arms alone exercise the Crown’s authority to devise and grant arms.
There are also a number of supernumerary officers of arms who are not members of the College but who process with the other heralds on ceremonial occasions. They are style “heralds extraordinary”
Except for Garter King of Arms, who is named after England's most prestigious earned title, all heralds are named after royal duchies or have titles that reflect royal or Christian symbols.
The Heralds and Pursuivants have a rota for the duty of Officer in Waiting. Each in turn serves for one week at a time and deals with all general enquiries from the public. In this capacity they provide the services of heraldic identification, genealogy and the designing of new arms.
The College of Arms is located at:
Queen Victoria Street
London EC4V 4BT
+44 20 7248 2762
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