Classics scholar André Looijenga (Terzool, 1982) and historian Dirk Jan Muntendam (Heerenveen, 1985) were appointed as new heralds at the Fryske Rie foar Heraldyk (Frisian Council of Heraldry) of the Fryske Akademy on Friday afternoon, 10 November. This happened during a special ceremony in hall Gryn at the Fryske Akademy.
The two new heralds were clad in a tabard, given a herald's staff and a medallion with the coat of arms of the part of the Frisian lands appropriate to their title.
The Fryske Rie foar Heraldyk is an advisory committee. This is in the field of arms of the province, municipalities, water boards, the arms of towns, spots and villages and existing family arms. Moreover, the Rie designs coats of arms, flags and pennants for villages, families and corporations such as schools, associations, etc., among others.
Furthermore, the Rie is active in the field of flag protocol, advising on restorations (heraldic images), giving lectures and heraldry lessons. In addition, some members provide publications on various heraldic subjects. However, it must be related to Fryslân.
Founded in 1956, the Fryske Rie foar Heraldyk is the oldest provincial heraldic college in the Netherlands and consists of specialists, who were appointed members of the Rie on the basis of their expertise.