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sarge43 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-24-06 03:13 PM
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9. For the badge, the grantee has to have a 'following'
ie a staff, a business, a large estate, etc who are personally employed or supported by him. The badge is what they display or wear. Best example is the Tudor Rose worn by the Beefeaters; it's one of the badges of British monarch. You see this done wrong in films/tv all the time - soldiers wearing the coat of arms of their lord or the monarch.

Supporters are the animals, people or figures at the sides of a coat of arms. In British heraldry, only peers, large corporations and institutions, towns and cities are granted supporters. There are exceptions to indicate an unique circumstance - Princess Anne's first husband, although a commoner, was granted supporters for his arms.

Other heraldic systems may have different conventions.
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