The Duchess Of Sussex Now Has Her Own Coat Of Arms

It’s a tradition that when a new member enters the Royal Family, a unique coat of arms is designed to identify them. According to Kensington Palace, Meghan Markle, the first person to hold the title of Duchess of Sussex, worked closely with the official College of Arms in London on the design.

The coat of arms’ shield features a blue background to represent the Pacific Ocean off the California coast where the Meghan was born. Two golden rays across the shield symbolize her home state’s sunshine. Beneath the shield on the grass sits a collection of golden poppies, California’s state flower, and wintersweet, which grows at Kensington Palace.

On the other side of the shield is Prince Harry’s coat of arms. Kensington Palace explains that it is customary for the arms of a married woman to be shown with those of her husband. The coat of arms also features two “supporters,” which are symbolic figures placed on either side of the shield that appear to be holding it up. The supporter the Duchess chose is a songbird with wings elevated and an open beak which, with the quill, representing the power of communication.

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