Philosophy of Court Heraldry: On Courts
Date Written: January, 1987
Last Updated: Summer, 2016
Author: William the Lucky

Policy Level: Informational
Intended Audience: Court Heralds
Abstract: More practical considerations of the philosophy of doing Court for the Crown.

  1. Never surprise the Crown! -- ‘Crown’ including, for this document, either the King and Queen, the Prince and Princess, or even the Baron and Baroness. All business for Court should normally be reviewed with the Crown before Court begins. In a few cases (usually where the Crown and the Herald have known each other a long time), Their Majesties may tell the Herald to use his own judgement -- even (perhaps especially) here, the Herald must know not only who is making the announcement or presentation, but also what is being announced or presented. There is no excuse for ruining someone's Coronation, as happened once, by letting someone with no taste present a chastity belt to the Queen in Court!

  2. Scheduling:
  3. Preparation:
  4. Execution:

This is only one way of approaching Court. There are others, which also work well for those who use them. However, before setting out to invent a whole new approach of your own, you might ask yourself “How will this be better than an existing approach?” If the only answer is “Because it's mine,” you probably need some advice or some more experience first. On the other hand, it can be really useful to think about what you would do, before someone comes along and drafts you to run one. At least you can make your mistakes in the privacy of your own mind.