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Meghan Markle's royal coat of arms unveiled

DUCHESS: Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last Saturday

A COAT of arms designed for Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex has been unveiled.

The creation was a collaboration between the College of Arms in London and the new duchess.

The design was agreed and approved by the Queen.

Kensington Palace revealed the design to the public yesterday, almost a week after Meghan married Prince Harry in Windsor.

ROYAL: The coat of arms created for the Duchess of Sussex

The coat of arms features a lion on the left hand side and a songbird on the right. Each creature supports the shield in the centre. The lion relates to her husband, and the songbird relates to the new duchess.

In a statement, Kensington Palace said: “Her Royal Highness worked closely with the College of Arms throughout the design process to create a coat of arms that was both personal and representative.

“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.”

On the grass beneath the shield are a collection of golden poppies, California's state flower – a nod to Meghan’s roots – and wintersweet, which grows at Kensington Palace.

Thomas Woodcock, garter king of arms, said: "The Duchess of Sussex took a great interest in the design. Good heraldic design is nearly always simple and the arms of the Duchess of Sussex stand well beside the historic beauty of the quartered British Royal arms. Heraldry as a means of identification has flourished in Europe for almost nine hundred years and is associated with both individual people and great corporate bodies such as cities, universities and for instance the livery companies in the City of London. "

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