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Royal wedding: Kate Middleton's coat of arms unveiled

19 APRIL 2011

Ahead of her marriage to Prince William, Kate Middleton and her family have been granted their own coat of arms.

The heraldic family design was commissioned by her father Michael in time for his daughter's wedding on April 29.

The Middletons worked closely with the College of Arms to create an emblem which was personal to them.


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Kate and her two siblings, Pippa and James, are represented by three acorn sprigs – an idea suggested by the bride herself. The oak tree is symbolic of England and also a feature of Berkshire, where the family have lived for more than 30 years.

The gold chevron – or inverted V – at the centre of the design is to signify Kate's mother Carole, whose maiden name is Goldsmith.

Above and below this are thin white stripes known as chevronels that represent peaks and mountains, symbolising the family's love of the Lake District and of skiing.

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Thomas Woodcock, the Garter Principal King of Arms, who is the College's chief officer, sat down with Michael and Carole to create the design, which cost £4,400.

"It is not compulsory, but as their daughter is marrying into the Royal Family she will have a need probably to use a coat of arms," he said.

He added that Kate could have been granted her own heraldic design, but said that her father wanted one that the whole family can use.

A version of the coat of arms featuring a tied ribbon – which can only be used by Kate and Pippa as it denotes an unmarried daughter – will be printed on the back of the official wedding souvenir programme. William's will appear on the front.

Following the ceremony, the Prince and his new wife will have their coats of arms combined – something known as 'impaled arms'.

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