College of Arms of the Northern Forests

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College of Arms of the Northern Forests
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Coat of Arms of the Government of the Principality of the Northern Forests
 
Heraldic traditionBritish and Scandinavian
JurisdictionPrincipality of the Northern Forests
Governing bodyPrincely House of Cedrus
Chief officerPrince of Arms of the Northern Forests

The College of Arms of the Northern Forests is the official heraldic authority in the Principality of the Northern Forests. It is part of the Royal Household and headed by the Prince of Arms of the Northern Forests at the Princess's pleasure. The legal use of a Coat of Arms must come through the College of Arms including inherited and assumed Arms. The College of Arms is a necessary governmental Agency charged with making sure that all use of a Coat of Arms, Banners, flags and standards adhere to the established rules of Heraldry.

Granting Coat of Arms

The granting of Armorial Bearings (also known as: Coat of Arms) within the Principality of the Northern Forests is the sole prerogative of the sovereign Princess. However, the Princess has delegated this power to the Prince of Arms of the Northern Forests with jurisdiction over the Principality of the Northern Forests. When a new grant of arms is to be made, it is granted through a Letters Patent. The Princess delegates all of this authority to the Prince of Arms of the Northern Forests who signs a Letters Patent in her name.

Sometimes the Princess will sign the Letters Patent issued by the Prince of Arms at the request of the grantee, but it is not guaranteed. The College recommends that "awards or honours from the Crown, civil or military commissions, university degrees, professional qualifications, public and charitable services, and eminence or good standing in national or local life" will be taken into account.

Eligibility

As specified in the Principality of the Northern Forests Civil Code Section 1.05.000, any person may petition the College of Arms for a granting of a new Coat of Arms or the Confirmation of an existing Coat of Arms. However, in order to use artistic styles "specific" to the Principality of the Northern Forests will require a petition for a grant of arms from the following person(s):

Application for a Coat of Arms

An application for a grant of arms should be made to the Prince of Arms of the Northern Forests setting out basic personal information and accompanied by supporting certificates or other appropriate documents. If an application appears to be in order the matter is considered in detail by a State Herald who will consult with the applicant about possible designs. A preliminary painting is then made for the approval of the applicant who will also be shown a draft of the Letters Patent. The grant of arms is recorded in the Register of Arms and is a matter of public record. Any other person can make a petition for a grant of arms so long as it does not use the artistic styles of the Principality of the Northern Forests.

Note

All members of the Nobility as well as all Dames or Knights are required to either have, or be in the process of acquiring, an official Coat of Arms. This also includes those with Honourary Titles of Nobility and those who serve in the Privy Council. Please contact the College of Arms or the Prince of Arms of the Northern Forests to start the process in acquiring a new grant or having your assumed Coat of Arms confirmed.

Heraldry Specific to the Northern Forests

In the Principality of the Northern Forests an individual, rather than a family, has a Coat of Arms so We do not grant arms to families or family names. These rules of Northerner Heraldry are derived mainly from Heraldic traditions in England and Scandinavia. Northerner Heraldry also incorporates distinctly Northern symbols, especially native predators such as Mountain Lions, evergreen trees, flora and fauna and uniquely Northerner elements taken from medieval Scandinavian cultures. A unique system of Cadency Marks are used for women who inherit arms. No preference is given to male or female in inheriting arms and the College of Arms of the Northern Forests does not use ovals or lozenges for women instead of shields unless specifically requested by the Armiger.

Simplicity in Heraldry

Currently, In the Principality of the Northern Forests, Coat of Arms are kept as simple as possible and used for easy identification purposes. Ranks less than a Duchess or Duke do not use supporters, helmets, mottos or any other elements outside of a Shield and Coronet. Non-Nobility just use a shield. Exceptions can be made, but are rare.

Confirmation of Arms

The College of Arms of the Northern Forests can confirm your current Coat of Arms so you can legally use those arms in the Principality of the Northern Forests. Those arms are required to meet our laws regarding Coat of Arms in the context of heraldic tradition. However, your personal arms may contain elements not normally used by citizens of your social standing or rank, but that is at the discretion of the Prince of Arms. For example, the Prince of Arms may give a confirmation of your Coat of Arms even though it uses a helmet, torse, mantling, and a motto that would not be allowed for use by someone of your social standing or rank in the Principality of the Northern Forests. The Prince of Arms will, generally, respect the design, creation, and granting of a Coat of Arms by other authorities or Heraldic Artists.

Honourary State Heralds

  • Hafiz Hamza Iqbal

See Also

Contact Information

Principality E-Mail:
collegeofarms@northernforests.info

Prince of Arms E-Mail:
princeofarms@northernforests.info

References

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