Meghan Markle has officially received her own coat of arms. Less than a week after she and Prince Harry tied the knot, Kensington Palace unveiled the design—and social media is loving all of the symbolism in the new royal coat of arms.
According to Kensington Palace, the coat of arms, which was approved by the Queen, features many elements connected to the Duchess of Sussex’s Golden State roots. “The blue background of the shield represents the Pacific Ocean off the California coast, while the two golden rays across the shield are symbolic of the sunshine of The Duchess’s home state. The three quills represent communication and the power of words,” the statement reads. “Beneath the shield on the grass sits a collection of golden poppies, California’s state flower, and wintersweet, which grows at Kensington Palace.”
Additionally, the Duchess of Sussex’s “supporter” is a songbird that has “wings elevated as if flying and an open beak, which with the quill represents the power of communication.” The coat of arms breaks royal tradition in its entirety. People magazine reports that the design is traditionally given to the father of the bride before the royal wedding, however, the new coat of arms was presented directly to the Duchess of Sussex due to the pre-wedding family drama. It also does not feature her family name.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were married at St. George’s Chapel on Saturday, May 19.
See how social media reacted to the Markle’s new royal coat of arms below:
Social Media Reacts to the Duchess of Sussex’s Royal Coat of Arms
Lovely! I'm smitten with the quills to represent words, and the blue for the Pacific is really stunning. https://t.co/3GMcMhn8rX
— Deanna Raybourn (@deannaraybourn) May 25, 2018
This is awesome, and I love how the lion's expression looks like it agrees that it is, indeed, awesome. https://t.co/WUisfPmKJA
— Alyssa!!! Cole (@AlyssaColeLit) May 25, 2018
— Miss Ellys (@EllysCartin) May 25, 2018
This is beyond cool. To see California represented in a royal coat of arms is pretty mindboggling to someone of my age. https://t.co/QD0TG5Ztrp
— Amy Hayward (@AmyHayward1979) May 25, 2018
The iconography on Meghan's side represents the power of words and communication – I love that her Coat of Arms highlights her strengths as a person, not just as a wife. https://t.co/zQDgsr9XI1
— AnikaChapin (@AnikaChapin) May 25, 2018
HRH The Duchess Of Sussex's Coat Of Arms is so meaningful and beautifully designed. She is so thoughtful. I love it!
— Natashaaa (@Ashaashin) May 25, 2018
Love that this Coat of Arms has such strong symbolic meaning, especially showing the Duchess power of written & oral communication. Also the open beak & elevated wings of the songbird showing her voice will be heard in equal partnership with her husband. Reflecting dynamic couple
— #ResistHate&Racism (@DeelightRI) May 25, 2018
— Jennifer Coleman (@jenniferclmn) May 25, 2018
i love that this coat of arms belongs to meghan, not her dad or family, but i do wish that amidst all the cali references they would’ve plopped a hollywood sign https://t.co/PRvQBDjiCn
— Molly Mulshine (@mollymulshine) May 25, 2018
What are your thoughts on Meghan Markle’s new royal coat of arms? How do you feel about the various design elements? Sound off in the comments section below!