King of Arms
A limited issue of 500, this doll was only available during 1977, the year of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, and was priced at £44.85, ($118.75). Made from bisque porcelain, he is dressed in a Tabard bearing the Royal Arms, by special permission of the Lord Chamberlain.
The wording on the Proclamation scroll carried by the King of Arms is as follows :
At the first stroke of the clock, trumpeters stand
on a scarlet draped balcony, and sound a double fanfare.
The King of Arms raises his voice and reads
from a large parchment that the new King is
"with one voice and consent of tongue and heart
proclaimed our only lawful and rightful leige"
The scene is one of impressive pageantry.
The replica of the Proclamation held by the doll is printed on British hand-made rag paper from Wookey Hole Mill, Somerset, England.
(The hard Plastic version of this doll is B/319)
The Garter Principal King of Arms is responsible to the Earl Marshal for the running of the College. He is the principal adviser to the Queen with respect to ceremonial and heraldry. He also serves as the King of Arms of the Order of the Garter and his seal and signature appear on all grants of arms made by the College. At the time of the Silver Jubilee, the post was held by Sir Anthony Richard Wagner, KCB, KCVO