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Coat of Arms

  • The Duke of Cambridge's Coat of Arms
  • The Duke of Cambridge's standard
  • The Duke of Cambridge at Trooping the Colour

The Duke of Cambridge was given a Coat of Arms to mark his 18th birthday.

The design is derived from his father's Coat of Arms with elements from the Coat of Arms used by his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

The Duke, as second in line to The Throne, is the only one of The Queen’s grandchildren who is granted a label of three points, which normally identifies the child of a monarch. Grandchildren are otherwise distinguished by labels with five points.

The escallop on His Royal Highness's Coat of Arms is derived from the Spencer Coat of Arms which has been used by The Duke's ancestors on his mother's side for many centuries.

The Duke's Coat of Arms has been updated to include a Blue Garter sash to symbolise his appointment as Knight of the Garter.

The Duke also has his own standard, which derives from his Coat of Arms.




Conjugal Coat of Arms

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have a new Conjugal Coat of Arms which will represent them in heraldic terms as a married couple.

Designed by The College of Arms in London, Conjugal Arms traditionally show the separate shields of a Royal husband and wife, side by side.

The Duke’s shield on the left shows his version of the Royal Coat of Arms granted to him by Her Majesty The Queen on his 18th birthday. On the right, The Duchess’s shield is from the Middleton family Coat of Arms, granted to the family in 2011 ahead of her marriage.

The Conjugal Arms will be theirs forever, however as their circumstances and roles alter, elements of the accoutrements around the shields may change.  In addition to their Conjugal Arms, Their Royal Highnesses also retain their own Coats of Arms to represent themselves as individuals. 

The Duchess of Cambridge was granted her own Coat of Arms by Her Majesty The Queen after her marriage. This was made by placing her father’s Arms beside those of her husband in what is known as an impaled Coat of Arms.

Heraldic Description of the Conjugal Coat of Arms

The shield on the left is taken from Coat of Arms granted to The Duke of Cambridge by The Queen on his 18th birthday. It shows the various Royal emblems of different parts of the United Kingdom: the three lions of England in the first and fourth quarters, the lion of Scotland in the second and the harp of Ireland in the third.  

It is surrounded by a blue garter bearing the motto Honi soit qui mal y pense (‘Shame to those who think evil of it'), which symbolises the Order of the Garter, of which he is a Knight Companion.

The Duchess of Cambridge’s shield on the right shows the Middleton family Arms, granted to her father Mr. Michael Middleton for the Middleton family in March 2011, prior to her marriage. The technical heraldic description of the Middleton Coat of Arms, known as a ‘blazon’ is Per pale Azure and Gules a Chevron Or cotised Argent between three Acorns slipped and leaved Or.

Per Pale means that the Shield is divided vertically with one half blue (Azure) and the other half red (Gules). A Chevron Or means the gold chevron across the centre of the Shield. There are cotises either side of the chevron which are white (Argent). Slipped means ‘with a stalk,’ so the final part of the blazon and distinguishing feature of the Shield means three acorns with gold stalks and leaves.

For its placement in the conjugal Arms, The Duchess of Cambridge’s shield is surrounded by a Wreath of Oak, to balance out the Duke’s garter. 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 of Cambridge’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 The Duke's ancestors on his mother's side for many centuries.

 

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