Published: Fri, May 25, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Meghan Markle’s coat of arms revealed

Meghan Markle’s coat of arms revealed

Meghan, who is now officially the Duchess of Sussex, joined Britain's royal family when she Wednesday Harry at Queen Elizabeth's Windsor Castle home last Saturday.

As a nod to the Golden State, the shield has a blue background meant to represent the Pacific Ocean, as well as two golden rays symbolic of the sunshine.

Three quills also adorn the shield and represent communication and the power of words, while under the shield on the grass sits a collection of golden poppies, California's state flower and wintersweet, which grows at Kensington Palace.

The Amercian actress "worked closely with the College of Arms throughout the design process", the palace said in a press release.

The gold lion, royally crowned, dates from the House of Stuart's ascent to the throne in 1603, while the supporter relating to the Duchess is a songbird with wings elevated as if flying and an open beak, which with the quill represents the power of communication.

He said: "The Duchess of Sussex took a great interest in the design".

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The duchess has also been assigned a coronet bearing fleurs-de-lys and strawberry leaves.

Kensington Palace tweeted an image of the Duchess of Sussex's new coat of arms this morning, and we're loving all the symbolism and shout-outs to Markle's birthplace.

Markle will also receive a conjugal coat of arms with Prince Harry.

Each royal coats of arms are unique and personable to each member of the royal family. As is common for those who marry into the royal family, the design is split in half, with Harry's coat on the left side and Meghan's on the right. Kensington Palace explains that it is customary for the arms of a married woman to be shown with those of her husband. People said the design will likely be unveiled in a couple years.

The Royal Family are granted their own personal coat of arms, based on the Royal Arms which features a shield divided into four quarters.

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