The Chief herald of Flandrensis
Many medieval elements are part of our national identity and all Flandrensians have the right to wear a personal coat of arms. A coat of arms is part of someone’s identity: the symbols or colours tells something about the owners’ personality, hobby, interests, family history, etc.
Armorial bearings such as coats of arms, coronets and crowns etc. may be carried and used by the beneficiary of a fully registered grant of arms and all his name-bearing descendants in any way or form these see fit. Armorial bearings issued by the Flandrensian Institute of Nobility and Heraldry are only recognized within the Grand Duchy of Flandrensis and the wider micronational community. The Chief Herald is responsible for all designs.
Since 2019, Count George Lapshynov is the Chief Herald of Flandrensis (contact: herald[at]flandrensis.com). He designs coats of arms with passion and love. A small voluntary donation of min. 10 EUR is always appreciated for his work and time.
“Although a seemingly superfluous or purely ceremonial title, the Chief Herald bears in fact a great responsibility, and I have become more and more aware of this over the course of this year. As head of the Flandrensian Institute of Nobility & Heraldry, it is my duty to look after the heraldic needs of the royal family and to design and keep a record of the personal coats of arms of all Flandrensians, thus protecting the constitutional right of each Flandrensian citizen to wear a personal coat of arms (Art. 10.4). I also keep an exhaustive list of all registered Flandrensian nobles, known collectively as the Peerage of Flandrensis. This is of paramount importance for the future of Flandrensis as the Peerage can be called upon to form, together with the Grand Ducal Cabinet and all members of the royal family, a special Royal College whose function it is to elect the successor to the Flandrensian throne after the death of abdication of our current Head of State.Count George Lapshynov, Flandrensis Times (2020)
Last, as Chief Herald, I also have a cultural function in Flandrensis: preserving the bond our micronation has with the mediaeval elements that inspired its creation, and since December 2019 also a political one, as a member of the Grand Ducal Cabinet.”