From the top...

For nearly a thousand years the Royal Arms have played a vital part in the history of this country. They appear: all over our most famous buildings, from Windsor Castle to Westminster Abbey, giving us invaluable clues as to when they were built; on manuscripts and magnificent royal tombs, indicating ownership; and you come into contact with the Royal Arms every day on bollards in the street and the Royal mail.

We have created a timeline, below, to show you what the Royal Arms have looked like since its conception in 1198.

Click on the arrow or drag the crown to scroll along and click on the shield for more information.