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Colin Powell celebrates his Scottish roots

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell is celebrating his Scottish roots by commissioning a heraldic coat of arms.
/ Source: Reuters

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell is celebrating his Scottish roots by commissioning a heraldic coat of arms.

Powell has successfully applied to the court of Lord Lyon King of Arms, the heraldic authority for Scotland, for a coat of arms that celebrates his military and political career, a court spokeswoman said Wednesday.

The arms feature a lion, traditionally associated with the Powell surname, an eagle, two crossed swords to mark his military career, and four stars, which refer to his status as a four-star general, under a motto that reads, “Devoted to public service.”

Powell will receive the final painted document in about three months, the spokeswoman said.

She added the arms had actually been granted to Powell’s late father, Luther, who was born in Jamaica, as only members of the Commonwealth are eligible for them.

“It’s descended to your heir forever as long as your heir has the same surname,” the spokeswoman said.

The Daily Telegraph newspaper said Powell had applied to the Lord Lyon because the family of his mother, Maud, came from Scotland.

About 50 new coats of arms, which cost about 1,300 pounds ($2,284), are issued each year by the court of Lord Lyon.