Less than a week after Meghan was crowned the Duchess of Sussex, she received one of the biggest gifts ever: her very own coat of arms!
The royal coat of arms is typically given to the bride’s father prior to the wedding, but if you’ve been following the Royal Wedding, then you know that several concerns surrounded Meghan’s relationship with her father. Thomas Markle, Meghan’s father, allegedly had heart surgery just three days before the wedding. Sadly, he did not make it to the wedding.
Tradition was broken when the bride herself received the official coat of arms.
Meghan’s new coat of arms makes no official mention of the name “Markle,” rather there is only imagery that represents her personal character and her official title of Duchess of Sussex.
Kensington Palace released a statement on Friday confirming the Queen’s approval“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.”
Meghan was also heavily involved in the design process. Together, Meghan and Thomas Woodcock created a meaningful coat of arms.
PEOPLE reports that the “blue background of the shield represents the Pacific Ocean off the California coast, while two golden rays across the shield are symbolic of the sunshine of Meghan’s hometown of Los Angeles.”
There are also three quills which represent communication and the power of words. PEOPLE suggests that this a reflection of Meghan’s “ Meghan’s outspoken activism and her former lifestyle blog, The Tig.” Meghan was forced to surrender The Tig upon furthering her relationship with Prince Harry.
The shield sits on a bed grass filled with golden poppies, California’s state flower, and wintersweet, which grows at Kensington Palace. Both flowers were featured in Meghan’s bridal bouquet and are found outside her and Prince Harry’s cottage at Kensington.
Meghan’s own coat of arms will be merged with Harry’s down the road in what is called a “conjugal coat of arms.” Until then, the couple will debut their individual coat of arms.