872. Issue of royal warrant licensing change of surname and bearing of arms.

872.     Issue of royal warrant licensing change of surname and bearing of arms.

When the prayer of a petition1 is granted, a warrant addressed to the Earl Marshal2 following in its terms the allegations of the petition is issued under the royal sign manual3. The royal warrant so issued is duly recorded in the College of Arms4 by warrant of the Earl Marshal and is usually notified in the London Gazette. In its terms the licence is permissive; it does not purport to confer a new name or to grant new arms5.