As explained in my response to Stuart’s query on the earlier post, the coat incorporates features to reflect my background (primarily Louth and Lincolnshire) and my particular academic interests (University of Hull and scholarship). The motto was chosen to reflect my aspirations.
There are two dimensions to being a life peer: being a peer and being a member of the House of Lords. The coat of arms along with the ermine robes are essentially symbolic aspects of the former. Their practical utility is limited (and neither is inexpensive) and many peers do not bother to have either. The latter is the ‘working’ aspect of a peerage, where one works in pretty much the same manner as members of other legislative chambers.
It is important that the two are not confused, though they frequently are – not least by the media reproducing pictures of the State Opening of Parliament, with peers in their robes, to accompany reports of the legislative activities of the House of Lords. State Opening is the symbolic meeting of the Queen-in-Parliament. It is not a meeting of the House of Lords. The pictures I have variously reproduced with my posts have been of the House in session. They show the House as it is: a working legislative body.