Appendix: The Warrant for the Armorial Bearings 1959

Appendix: The Warrant for the Armorial Bearings 1959

Elizabeth R

Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Our other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, To Our Right Trusty and Right-Entirely-Beloved Cousin and Counsellor Bernard Marmaduke, Duke of Norfolk, Knight of Our Most Noble Order of the Garter, Knight Grand Cross of Our Royal Victorian Order, Earl Marshal and Our Hereditary Marshal of England, Greeting!

Whereas for the greater honour and distinction of Our Colony of Hong Kong We are desirous that Armorial Ensigns and Supporters should be assigned for that Colony.

Know ye therefore that We of Our Princely Grace and Special Favour have granted and assigned and by these Presents do grant and assign the following Armorial Ensigns and Supporters for Our said Colony of Hong Kong that is to say: - For Arms: Argent on Water - Barry wavy in base proper two three masted Chinese junks in full sail bows inwards also proper on a Chief embattled Gules a Naval Crown On. And for the Crest: On a Wreath Argent and Azure A demi Lion On Royally Crowned proper holding between the paws a Pearl also proper And for the Supporters: On the dexter side a Lion On Royally Crowned proper and on the sinister side a Chinese Dragon Gold together with a Motto scroll inscribed with the words Hong Kong as the same are in the painting hereunto annexed more plainly depicted to be borne for Our said Colony of Hong Kong on Seals, Shields, Banners, Flags or otherwise according to the Laws of Arms.

Our Will and Pleasure therefore is that you the said Bernard Marmaduke, Duke of Norfolk to whom the cognizance of maters of this nature doth properly belong do require and command that this Our Concession and Declaration be recorded in Our College of Arms to the end that Our Officers of Arms and all other Public Functionaries whom it may concern may take full notice and have knowledge thereof in their several and respective Departments. And for so doing this shall be your Warrant.

Given at Our Court at Buckingham Palace this twenty first day of January 1959, in the Seventh year of Our Reign.

By Her Majesty’s Command

Alan Lennox Boyd