Owing to the continued public health situation the College of Arms remains closed to the public until further notice. However, enquiries may be made by telephone on weekdays between 9am and 5pm on 020 7248 2762, by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or through the form on https://www.college-of-arms.gov.uk/contact-us. The Officers of Arms and staff at the College have heroically maintained a semblance of normality by continuing to offer as many of their usual services as possible, albeit not in person. You can contact the Officer in Waiting or any other Officer using the general telephone number above or by email.


The White Lion Society sends its congratulations to John Michael Allen-Petrie (Windsor Herald of Arms), who was appointed to The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Year Honours List 2021, for services to Antigua and Barbuda.

The White Lion Society sends its congratulations to Christopher Mann (Appeal Director of the College of Arms) who was raised into Membership of The Royal Victorian Order (MVO) in the New Year Honours List 2021, for his role as fundraising consultant for Cumberland Lodge.


As with most organisations our activities have been severely curtailed by Covid19. With some easing of restrictions on the horizon we hope to be able to arrange a late summer reception for members at the College of Arms. Visits to St.George’s Chapel at Windsor and to The Royal Mint are still in the pipeline and any dates will be notified via the Newsletter and the Website as soon as they are confirmed.


With a view to overcoming the lack of access to public houses and bars in the UK and probably elsewhere in the world during the covid restrictions, we draw your attention to the following discovery by our member Michael Furlong. WHITE LION COCKTAIL - Many years ago, browsing in a long since closed second-hand bookshop in Bristol I picked up a small book - 1700 Cocktails for The Man Behind the Bar, R de Fleury (William Heinemann Ltd 1934) and it still sits on my shelves. Amongst the many offerings is No 1223 - White Lion. Its contents are: 1 Barspoon Sugar, 1/3 Lemon Juice, 2/3 St Croix Rum, 3 Dashes Angostura Bitters, 3 Dashes Raspberry Syrup. I cannot vouchsafe for its efficacy, but I am sure there are members who might be looking for stimulation or oblivion during some festive celebration. But be warned; I am still recovering from last Christmas when I tried another cocktail in the book called a Golden Ermine, a heady mixture of Martini Vermouth, French Vermouth and Plymouth Gin.