|Norroy and Ulster King of Arms|
1 April 2021
|Monarchs|| Elizabeth II |
|Preceded by||Timothy Duke|
|Born||15 October 1962|
|Alma mater||St Edmund's College,Cambridge|
Robert John Baptist Noel (born 15 October 1962) is an Officer of Arms (Herald) at the College of Arms in London.  Formerly the Bluemantle Pursuivant,he has been the Norroy and Ulster King of Arms since April 2021.
The younger son of Gerard Eyre Wriothesley Noel,of Westington Mill,Chipping Campden,a barrister,he is in remainder to his grandfather's earldom. Robert Noel was educated at Ampleforth College,Exeter College,Oxford (MA) and St Edmund's College,Cambridge (MPhil).
Noel trained as a shipbroker,then as a library assistant at the College of Arms before joining the auctioneers,Christie's of London. He was appointed Bluemantle Pursuivant of Arms at the College of Arms in October 1992,and succeeded Sir Peter Gwynn-Jones (later Garter Principal King-of-Arms) as Lancaster Herald of Arms in Ordinary in September 1999.  On 1 April 2021,he was appointed Norroy and Ulster King of Arms in succession to Timothy Duke.  In that role,he took part in the Royal Procession at the Coronation of Charles III and Camilla. 
He is a Freeman of the City of London and has been admitted as a liveryman of the Glaziers' Company.
Noel married Rowena Hale in 2013;  the couple live in London and have a son,William (born in 2014).  and a daughter Phoebe born 2016. He serves as the official genealogist for the Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor. 
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