Wednesday, August 23, 2017

George Bellew

[Great Britain] (b 1899/d 1993)

 photographed by Cecil Beaton in 1953 (Wikipedia)

"Sir George Rothe Bellew was a long-serving herald at the College of Arms in London. Educated at the University of Oxford, he was appointed Portcullis Pursuivant in 1922. Having been Somerset Herald for 24 years, he was promoted to the office of Garter Principal King of Arms in 1950, the highest heraldic office in England and Wales. He served in that capacity until his resignation in 1961. As Garter, Bellew oversaw the funeral of George VI, proclaimed the late King's daughter, Elizabeth II, as Queen and took a leading role in the organisation of her Coronation in 1953. (...)  "At heart he was a designer, an artist and a perfectionist in all things", remarks his obituary in 'The Times'. (...)


Great Britain 1939/1948 "King George VI" (6,2,1) [Recess (Waterlow and Sons , London)] Sc(251,251a,275)

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