04/19/2011

Kate Middleton's coat of arms revealed

Coat of arms The new Coat of Arms for Kate Middleton's family are seen at the College of Arms in London. (AP Photo/Suzanne Plunkett)

All hail the acorn Princess.

Clarence House has tweeted Kate Middleton's coat of arms. To be fair, this being an aristocratic tradition, the coat of arms was granted to her father and then modified for Middleton.

The blue and red decal sports three acorns, a gold chevron and a blue ribbon. No lions, tigers, crowns or beavers.  Not even a chipmunk for the future princess.

Let's delve into the great significance of the design:

"The three acorns represent Mr. and Mrs. Middleton’s three children (Catherine, Philippa and James). Acorns were chosen because the area in which the children were brought up – West Berkshire, England – is surrounded by oak trees. Additionally, oak is a long-established symbol of both ‘England’ and ‘Strength,’" the press release from Clarence House reads.

Stable and English, so far Middleton is someone the royals can clearly buy into.

The gold chevron symbolizes Kate's mother's maiden name Goldsmith, with the two smaller chevrons representing hills and mountains where Kate enjoys hiking (well done Wales, you got a mention there.)

"Miss Middleton’s Coat of Arms has been presented in the form of a ‘lozenge’ and is shown suspended from a ribbon, which indicates that she is an unmarried daughter," the press release continues.

Does this mean she suffers frequently from colds and what happens to the ribbon after the wedding?  Is it just tied onto Prince Williams coat of arms? Almost, according to Thomas Woodcock, the Garter King of Arms and Senior Herald in England (meaning he knows about these things):

“Every Coat of Arms has been designed to identify a person, school or organization, and to last forever: heraldry is Europe's oldest, most visual and strictly regulated form of identity and it surrounds us in Britain, giving clues to our history and surroundings. After her marriage, Catherine Middleton will place her father’s Arms beside those of her husband in what is known as an impaled Coat of Arms.  This will require a Royal Warrant from The Queen."

Apparently, each coat of arms has a blazon or phrase used by connoisseurs to describe it.  The new Middleton arms is described as: Per pale Azure and Gules a Chevron Or cotised Argent between three Acorns slipped and leaved Or.

Right.

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