3 Las Palomas
Orinda CA 94563
10 April XII (1978)
Karina of the Far West, Laurel Queen of Arms,
to the Heralds of the Kingdoms and the Principalities:
It has been pointed out to me that once a King has granted arms to a subject they cannot be altered at will. Accordingly, when anyone wishes to alter such arm, it will be necessary to obtain royal permission in writing. This should be from the king currently on the throne, rather than from the former king who originally granted the arms. Also, it is not necessary for the details of the alteration to be approved by the king; he simply gives leave to the College to make an alteration.
Any new scroll of arms desired by the applicant will have to be negotiated with the local College of Scribes. In such a case, the royal signature would of course be that of the former king, and the date of issuance would be unchanged.
And of course none of this is necessary in the case of a change in the device of a non-armigerous person.
I should of course have realized long ago that this step was necessary; my thanks to Lady Triton for pointing it out.
I remain at your service,
Karina of the Far West
Laurel Queen of Arms