The newly crowned Duchess of Sussex’s coat of arms has been unveiled.
Kensington Palace released a pic of the design Friday, with it confirming that it had been approved by Her Majesty The Queen and Mr. Thomas Woodcock (garter king of arms and senior herald in England), who is based at the College of Arms in London.
According to a press release, Meghan Markle, 36, who tied the knot with Prince Harry, 33, on Saturday at Windsor Castle, worked closely with the College of Arms throughout the design process to create something that was both personal and representative.
The Palace confirmed the blue background of the shield “represents the Pacific Ocean off the California coast, while the two golden rays across the shield are symbolic of the sunshine of the duchess’s home state. The three quills represent communication and the power of words.”
The press release added, “Beneath the shield on the grass sits a collection of golden poppies, California’s state flower, and wintersweet, which grows at Kensington Palace.
“It is customary for supporters of the shield to be assigned to members of the Royal Family, and for wives of members of the Royal Family to have one of their husband’s supporters and one relating to themselves.
“The supporter relating to the Duchess of Sussex is a songbird with wings elevated as if flying and an open beak, which, with the quill, represents the power of communication.”
It was also revealed that a coronet had been assigned to Meghan as well.
The Palace continued, “It is the coronet laid down by a royal warrant of 1917 for the sons and daughters of the heir apparent. It is composed of two crosses patee, four fleurs-de-lys, and two strawberry leaves.
“The arms of a married woman are shown with those of her husband and the technical term is that they are impaled, meaning placed side by side in the same shield.”
Woodcock added: “The Duchess of Sussex took a great interest in the design. Good heraldic design is nearly always simple and the arms of the Duchess of Sussex stand well beside the historic beauty of the quartered British Royal Arms.
“Heraldry as a means of identification has flourished in Europe for almost nine hundred years and is associated with both individual people and great corporate bodies such as cities, universities, and, for instance, the livery companies in the City of London.”
The grand unveiling of Meghan’s coat of arms comes after her half-sister, Samantha, said that she wasn’t happy about her father Thomas being left out of the tradition.
The Telegraph reported that Meghan’s dad was not given a coat of arms, unlike Kate Middleton’s father, who was given one after his daughter married Prince William.