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Kate Middleton and Prince William's Coat of Arms

Need a Refresher? Here's What Kate Middleton and Prince William's Coat of Arms Looks Like

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 3:  (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) In this handout image supplied by St James's Palace, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge pose for the official tour portrait for their trip to Canada and California in the Garden's of Clarence House on June 3,  2011 in London. England. The newly married Royal Couple will be undertaking their first official joint tour to Canada and California from June 30th.  The trip will begin with Canada Celebrations in Ottawa and include highlights such as the Calgary Stampede and a visit to Yellowknife. (Photo by Chris Jackson / Getty Images for St James's Palace)
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Meghan Markle recently broke tradition by receiving her very own coat of arms following her marriage to Prince Harry, and it has us reminiscing on Kate Middleton and Prince William's coat of arms. While Kate's father, Michael, was gifted with her family's coat of arms ahead of her 2011 wedding, the couple received a conjugal coat of arms in 2013 to "represent them in heraldic terms as a married couple." The design was approved by Queen Elizabeth II and combines both of their separate coat of arms.

On the left side is William's royal coat of arms, which was granted to him by Queen Elizabeth II on his 18th birthday. The shield includes royal emblems for various parts of the United Kingdom, including three lions, the lion of Scotland, and a harp for Ireland. It is surrounded by a garter that reads "Honi soit qui mal y pense," which translates to "Shame to those who think evil of it."

On the right side is the Middleton family coat of arms. It is divided vertically into a blue and red half and features a gold chevron across the center with white "cotises" each side. There are also three acorns, which represent Kate and her siblings Pippa and James. Her shield is surrounded by a garter of oak to balance out William's blue garter, which is typical for someone who is not themselves entitled to surround their Arms with an order of chivalry.


Per British royal tradition, we'll likely have to wait a few years before we can compare Meghan and Harry's conjugal coat of arms. In the meantime, you can admire Kate and Will's design below.

UNSPECIFIED, UNDATED: This undated handout image provided by Kensington Palace, London, England on September 27, 2013 depicts the new Conjugal Coat of Arms for Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge of the United Kingdom, which will represent them in heraldic terms as a married couple. Designed by The College of Arms in London, Conjugal Arms traditionally show the separate shields of a royal husband and wife, side by side. The Duke's shield on the left is his version of the Royal Coat of Arms granted to him by Queen Elizabeth II on his 18th birthday. On the right, the Duchess's shield is from the Middleton family Coat of Arms, granted to the family in 2011 ahead of her marriage. (Photo by Kensington Palace via Getty Images)
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