Sir Tom Jones has finally been able to have a crest to go with his knighthood after being granted a coat of arms.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the legendary singer applied to the College of Arms to have his own crest and was granted the pleasure in the last year.
And he stays true to his Welsh roots, as David White, Somerset Herald at the College of Arms, told the news providers that the crest “features a demi-red dragon holding an inverted leek”.
“The shield features a key upright, in between two trees, a play on his real surname, Woodward,” he added.
It is a far cry from the working class background in which Sir Tom once lived. From a coal mining family, he worked in construction before working on music in the early 1960s at working men’s clubs. Since then, his distinctive voice has helped him rise to fame and achieve success spanning 50 decades with hits including It’s Not Unusual, Green, Green Grass of Home and Sex Bomb.
He was granted a knighthood in 2006 for services to music.
The news provider states that anyone can apply for a coat of arms if they are willing to pay around £3,500. However, people with honours from the crown or others with qualifications of some kind will be looked upon more favourably.
Another musician to have designed his own coat of arms is Paul McCartney. Sir Paul, who was also granted a knighthood in 1997, has even gone so far as to have a motto, Ecce Cor Meum, meaning Behold My Heart.
The motto is taken from the title of an oratorio written during the illness of the musician’s first wife, Linda.
His crest features the strings of a guitar and the colours of a Liver Bird, to represent his musical career and hometown.
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