For centuries, it's been the custom for the heads of armigerous organisations to impale their personal arms with those of their organisations. They include bishops and archbishops; heralds, pursuivants and kings of arms; university principals; -- and at least one monarch.
The Order of the Garter, which is the most senior English order of chivalry, has its own coat of arms, namely Argent, a cross Gules. As sovereign head of the Order, the monarch impales the arms of the Order with his/her Royal Arms, the arms of the Order taking precedence. Here are three examples, from different periods :
A 15th- or 16th-century example from the Kingdom of England.
A 17th-century (Stuart period) example from the Kingdom of Great Britain.
A 20th-/21st-century example, i.e. Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.
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