On Friday, May 25, Meghan Markle – now the Duchess of Sussex – received her latest gift from Queen Elizabeth II, the coat of arms. The traditional design, customized with colors and symbols, is typically given to the father of the bride ahead of a royal wedding. However, the palace decided to just give it to Meghan, breaking royal tradition.
The statement released by the Kensington Palace on Friday explained: “A Coat of Arms has been created for The Duchess of Sussex. The design of the Arms was agreed and 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.”
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 25, 2018
Meghan worked with the College of Arms to make a design that was both representative and personal. The blue background of the shield is representing the Pacific Ocean off the California coast, while the two golden rays across the shield symbolize the sunshine of Los Angeles – the hometown of Meghan.
The three quills represent communication and the power of words. Beneath the shield on the grass is a collection of golden poppies, California’s state flower, and wintersweet, which grows at Kensington Palace. The California poppy and the wintersweet were also incorporated into the wedding veil of Meghan.
The Supporter representing Meghan is a songbird with wings elevated as if flying and an open beak, a further representation of the power of communication.
A Coronet has also been assigned to the Duchess of Sussex. 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 patée, four fleurs-de-lys and two strawberry leaves.
Now that Meghan has received her coat of arms, she and Harry can have their own “conjugal coat of arms.” This will probably be unveiled in a couple years. Kate and William’s made its debut in September 2013, two years after their wedding in April 2011.