Songbird, California represent Meghan Markle in coat of arms

Songbird, California represent Meghan Markle in coat of arms
Posted at 4:18 PM, May 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-25 19:18:29-04

(KGTV) - Days after her royal wedding to Prince Harry, the Duchess of Sussex has been bestowed her very own coat of arms, Kensington Palace announced.

With personal touches such as poppies representing her home state of California and wintersweet which surrounds her new home at Kensington Palace, Meghan Markle's coat of arms was designed to be both personal and representative.

A blue background on the shield is meant to represent the Pacific Ocean and two golden rays signify the sunshine of California. Three quills on the shield represent communication and the power of words.

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On each side of the shield are "supporters," which include a songbird and lion wearing a crown for Markle.

For wives of members of the royal family, it's tradition to have one of the supporters of their husbands in addition to their own. Markle's supporter is a songbird "as if flying and an open beak, which with the quill represents the power of communication."

Markle worked closely with the College of Arms throughout the design process and her coat was approved by Queen Elizabeth.

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"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," Thomas Woodcock, Garter King of Arms and Senior Herald in England, said.