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Wales, Prince of (UK, 1958)


Creation: let. pat. 26 Jul 1958


Family name: Mountbatten-Windsor





The Royal Arms as borne by HM Queen Elizabeth II differenced by a Label of three points Argent, and in the centre an Escutcheon of the Arms of the Principality of Wales, viz. quarterly Or and Gules four Lions passant guardant counterchanged, ensigned by the Coronet of the Heir Apparent


The Royal Crest differenced by a Label of three points Argent, but with the Coronets those of the Heir Apparent


Same as the Royal Arms differenced by a Label of three points Argent, the dexter crowned with the Heir Apparent's Coronet and the sinister gorged with a Coronet of Fleurs-de-lis and Crosses Pattée a Chain affixed thereto passing between the forelegs and reflexed over the back Or


1st: a Plume of three Ostrich Feathers Argent enfiled by a Coronet composed of Fleurs-de-lis and Crosses Pattée Or alternately with the motto Ich Dien (Badge as the Heir Apparent); 2nd: a Representation of the Badge of Wales, namely on a Mount Vert a Dragon passant Gules, differenced as in the Crest with a Label of three points Argent (Badge as Prince of Wales); 3rd: an Escutcheon Sable charged with fifteen Bezants five four three two and one ensigned by the Coronet of the Heir Apparent (Badge as Duke of Cornwall)


Ich Dien (I serve)


Note: The two sons of the Prince of Wales have been each assigned a differenced version of the Royal Arms: in 2000 Prince William of Wales (now Duke of Cambridge) was assigned the Royal Arms differenced with a Label of three points Argent the centre point charged with an Escallop Gules; in 2002 Prince Henry of Wales (now Duke of Sussex) was assigned the Royal Arms differenced with a Label of five points Argent the centre and two outer points charged with an Escallop Gules. In both cases the shield, supporters and crest are differenced with their respective labels, Prince William of Wales, as the eldest son of the Heir Apparent uses the same coronet, of four crosses pattée and four fleurs-de-lis alternately, as his father with the omission of the arch (this style of coronet is also used by the younger sons, brothers, daughters and sisters of the Sovereign). Prince Henry of Wales, as a grandchild of the Sovereign, uses a slightly different coronet which has two crosses pattée and two strawberry leaves alternating with four fleurs-de-lis. The use of the escallop is a departure from the normal crosses, anchors, roses, thistles, etc. which are used on labels borne by members of the Royal Family and are derived from the paternal arms of their mother, the late Diana, Princess of Wales



*HRH Prince Charles Philip Arthur George, Duke of Cornwall and Rothesay later Prince of Wales, KG KT GCB AK PC

1st son and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II by her husband HRH Prince Philip, 1st Duke of Edinburgh


14 Nov 1948

mar. (1)

29 Jul 1981 (div. 28 Aug 1996) Lady Diana Frances Spencer (b. 1 Jul 1961; d. 31 Aug 1997), 3rd dau. of Edward John [Spencer], 8th Earl Spencer, by his first wife Hon Frances Ruth Burke Roche, 2nd dau. of Edmund Maurice [Roche], 4th Baron Fermoy


1. *HRH Prince William Arthur Philip Louis of Wales KG, later 1st Duke of Cambridge

2. *HRH Prince Henry (Harry) Charles Albert David of Wales KCVO, later 1st Duke of Sussex

mar. (2)

9 Apr 2005 Camilla Rosemary Parker-Bowles GCVO (HRH the Duchess of Cornwall GCVO) (b. 17 Jul 1947; former wife of Brig Andrew Henry Parker-Bowles OBE, of Church Lane House, Brockenborough, Malmesbury, co. Wiltshire), 1st dau. of Maj Bruce Middleton Hope Shand by his wife Hon Rosalind Maud Cubitt, 1st dau. of Roland Calvert [Cubitt], 3rd Baron Ashcombe, by his first wife Sonia Rosemary Keppel OBE, 2nd dau. of Lt Col Hon George Keppel MVO (by his wife Alice Frederica Edmonstone, 8th dau. of Adm Sir William Edmonstone, 4th Bt. CB), 3rd son of William Coutts [Keppel], 7th Earl of Albemarle


6 Feb 1952 as Duke of Cornwall and Rothesay, Earl of Carrick and Baron of Renfrew, Lord of the Isles and Great Steward of Scotland on his mother's Accession to the Throne


26 Jul 1958 Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester


Knight of the Garter 1958; GCB and Great Master of the Order of the Bath 1975; Knight of the Thistle 1977; Privy Councillor 1977; Knight of the Order of Australia 1981; holds numerous appointments in the armed forces of Britain and the Commonwealth and in foreign Orders of Chivalry and Merit



The arms of HRH the Duchess of Cornwall


Last updated 20 Feb 2011




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