Continuing with the Middleton Arms theme; the illustration above shows how the new Arms may be applied by the family. Mr Middleton displays the undifferenced Arms as the original Grantee. Mrs Middleton can display her husband’s Arms but with a lozenge as a difference. This stems from the 1997 decree by the Kings of Arms at the College of Arms entitled “The Bearing of Arm by Women“. Therein it states:
“6. Whether or not a woman is entitled to paternal arms, she may bear her husband’s arms alone on a shield or banner differenced by a small lozenge of a contrasting tincture in the canton, centre chief point or other suitable position depending on the design.”
In this instance I have used a Lozenge Argent in the centre chief point.
Mr Middleton’s two daughters, Catherine and Philippa, both display their their father’s Arms without any difference according to the rule:
1. An unmarried woman may continue to bear her paternal arms on a lozenge, oval or similar vehicle of display (not being an escutcheon or a colourable imitation thereof) or on a banner.
However, after her marriage to Prince William, Catherine can display her father’s Arms on a shield differenced with a small escutcheon:
3. Whether or not her husband is armigerous, a married woman may bear her paternal arms alone on a shield or banner differenced by a small escutcheon of a contrasting tincture in the canton, centre chief point or other suitable position depending on the design.
Finally, Mr Middleton’s son, James, displays his father’s Arms on a shield but with a label of three points to denote he is the eldest son. I understand that the use of white/argent labels are reserved for the Royal Family in English heraldry. I have, therefore, use a label Or.