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The College of Arms, also known as the College of Heralds, is a royal corporation consisting of professional officers of arms, with jurisdiction over England, Wales, Northern Ireland and some Commonwealth realms. The heralds are appointed by the British Sovereign and are delegated authority to act on behalf of the Crown in all matters of heraldry, the granting of new coats of arms, genealogical research and the recording of pedigrees. The College is also the official body responsible for matters relating to the flying of flags on land, and it maintains the official registers of flags and other national symbols. Though a part of the Royal Household of the United Kingdom the College is self-financed, unsupported by any public funds. Founded by royal charter in 1484 by King Richard III, the College is one of the few remaining official heraldic authorities in Europe. The College has had its home in the City of London since its foundation, and has been at its present location on Queen Victoria Street since 1555.
2nd portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right. Lettering around outside, date below.
ISLE OF MAN ELIZABETH II
Lion above two shields. On the left Royal Arms of Kings of England (Henry IV, Edward IV and Queen Elizabeth I), imitating Charles VI of France, reduced the fleurs-de-lis to three. On the right the Arms of the College of Arms, a cross Gules (Cross of St. George) between four doves.
QUINCENTENARY OF THE COLLEGE OF ARMS