The West Coast-born Suits actress and now the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle worked carefully with the British royal palaces’ Garter King of Arms to make sure her new coat of arms honored both where she came from and where she is now.
According to a statement from Kensington Palace, the Duchess’ new coat of arms included details referencing California, where she was born, and Meghan made sure to work closely with Thomas Woodcock, the aforementioned Garter King of Arms and Senior Herald in England, to get the details.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 25, 2018
According to Kensington Palaces’ statement, the blue on the shield is in honor of the Pacific Ocean and the yellow stripes symbolize the California sun, and the golden poppies are up and center to represent the California state flower, while wintersweet, which is found on the grounds of Kensington Palace, was also added to symbolize her new home.
“The three quills represent communication and the power of words,” the statement added.
The statement added that the design also gained the approval of Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth III.
“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, ” added Mr. Woodcock in the official statement.
Prince Harry and Markle were given the titles of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their wedding day, last May 19.
Interestingly, it was also the first time since 1801 that someone had been made Duke of Sussex.