Sound the Royal Family klaxon: news has just landed that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have a shiny new coat of arms! The Conjugal Coat of Arms have been created to represent Prince William and Kate Middleton in heraldic terms as a married couple and is unveiled today, after being approval by the Queen.
The College of Arms in London designed it and in true traditional style, it features the separate shields of a Royal husband and wife side by side. Prince William’s shield is on the left, which is his version of the Royal Coat of Arms granted to him by the Queen on his 18th birthday. It shows various emblems including three lions of England, the lion of Scotland and the harp of Ireland.
Kate’s shield is on the right and is from the Middleton family Coat of Arms, which was granted back in 2011 before the couple's wedding day. It is surrounded by a Wreath of Oak to balance out the Duke’s garter. Appaz this is traditional for Royal spouses who are not themselves entitled to surround their Arms with an order of chivalry.
Both shields are supported by the Duke’s Supporters of the Royal Lion and Unicorn wearing a three pointed collar, known as a label. The label has a red escallop shell derived from the Spencer Coat of Arms which has been used by Princess Diana's ancestors for centuries.
According to Kensington Palace, we can expect to see the design evolving through the years as Kate and Wills' circumstances and roles develop, so watch this space...