We Know The Hidden Meaning Behind Meghan Markle's Brand New Coat Of Arms
And it will make you feel all the feels.
Newlywed Meghan Markle has been warmly welcomed by her in-laws -- by that we mean the British royal family, no big deal -- and now her status as a fully-fledged member of the monarchy has been sealed.
The Duchess of Sussex -- we're still getting used to calling her that and no doubt she is too -- received an official coat of arms on May 25, just six days after tying the knot with Prince Harry. Yep, not only does Meghan get to enjoy all the trappings of royal life but she can also show off her totally kick-ass insignia.
And her coat of arms doesn't only look beautiful but is jam-packed full of poignant meaning as well. Let's unpack the key details -- we guarantee you'll be oohing and aahing over each special element and dreaming up your own personal design.
Meghan was heavily involved in the design of her coat of arms which makes sense considering all the cute references to her American homeland. See the bright blue background of the shield? It represents the sparkling Pacific Ocean off the California coast. The two golden rays across the right-hand side of the shield are -- you guessed it --symbolic of the beaming sunshine so typical of the Duchess' home state.
You can take the Duchess out of the West Coast but you can't take the West Coast out of the Duchess it seems. She's still a Cali girl at heart and don't we love her for it.
The three quills represent communication and the power of words. Meghan has long been outspoken about many issues including women's rights and gender equality. A collection of golden poppies -- California's state flower -- peek out of the grass below the shield nestled in with the flowering plant wintersweet, which grows at Kensington Palace.
You'll see that Meghan's half of the shield -- the right-hand side -- is snug up against a much busier half featuring more lions, a harp and other bits and bobs. This is Harry's half. The technical term for this side-by-side placement is 'impaled' which sounds a bit gruesome but is in reality very sweet. The two are joined together for life in marriage and in Meghan's coat of arms. Aw.
The silver songbird on the right -- with wings elevated as if flying and an open beak -- is Meghan's personal 'supporter.' Supporters are usually animals and they do what it says on the pack -- they hold up the central shield. Coupled with the quill Meghan's supporter the bird represents the power of communication.
It's customary for wives of members of the royal family to have one of their husband’s supporters alongside their own. One of Meghan's hubby Harry's supporters is the roaring lion wearing the imperial crown. It also appears on the Queen's personal coat of arms.
The Duchess was also assigned a coronet -- which is just a fancy word for crown -- which sits atop the shield. It's the same as Harry's and if you look closely you'll see it features a type of Christian cross -- a crosses patée -- in the centre, with a pair of fleurs-de-lys and two strawberry leaves either side.
Fun fact: coats of arms have been popping up as far back as Ancient Greece where they were painted on shields to help distinguish between two armies in battle. Today they're purely symbolic. British kings and queens have been using versions of the royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom -- the Royal Arms -- for hundreds of years.
The design currently used by the Queen was adopted in 1837. It features a golden lion, royally crowned and standing on a royal crown and gold and ermine mantling. Princes William and Harry, along with their father Prince Charles all have personalised coats of arms. William's wife the Duchess of Cambridge and Camilla Parker Bowles -- who married Prince Charles in 2005 -- also received their very own arms.
So are you as keen as we are to have your very own coat of arms? Well we all might be out of luck. You see the design of Meghan's arms had to be agreed upon and approved by Mr. Thomas Woodcock -- the Garter King of Arms and Senior Herald in England-- AND the Queen herself. It's all very serious and official.
Members of the public can apply to be granted a coat of arms although from what we can tell it's a lengthy -- and expensive -- process involving petitions, genealogical history and up to a $33,000 fee. Yikes. We'll just stick to daydreaming about it thank you very much.
Image: Twitter/@kensingtonroyal and Getty.