Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and Sophie Wessex all got special wedding gift from Queen


KATE, Duchess of Cambridge, Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Meghan Markle all married into the Royal Family – and each of the royal wives were handed a special status symbol from the Queen following their big day.

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, 39, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 56, are both working members of the monarchy and while Meghan Markle, 39, has since left the Royal Family behind, she too was a senior royal at the time of her wedding. Queen Elizabeth II, 94, traditionally gifts her sons and grandsons a new titles when they marry – and the peerage is also held by their wife

So Sophie became the Countess of Wessex when she married Prince Edward, 56, in 1999.

Kate became the Duchess of Cambridge when she tied the knot with Prince William in 2011.

And Meghan became the Duchess of Sussex when she married Prince Harry, 36, at St George’s Chapel, Windsor in 2018.

But their new titles were not the only status symbol granted to these new female members of the Royal Family – the Queen also gave them each a new royal coat of arms to represent them and their husband’s.

Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and Sophie Wessex all got special wedding gift from Queen

Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and Sophie Wessex all got special wedding gift from Queen (Image: Getty)

Sophie Wessex

Sophie Wessex on her wedding day to Prince Edward in 1999 (Image: GETTY)

Sophie, Countess of Wessex’s coat of arms

Sophie’s coat of arms features the arms of her husband Prince Edward impaled with those of her father.

The motto which accompanies them is written in Welsh and means “Hateful the man who loves not the country that nurtured him.”

Prior to marriage, Sophie had her arms redesigned by the Garter Principal King of Arms Sir Peter Gwynn-Jones, based on a 200-year-old previous coat of arms, which had never been officially recognised.

Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton and Prince William tied the knot on April 29. 2011 (Image: GETTY)

The new grant of arms applied to her father Christopher with remainder to his older brother Theo.

The grant alludes to her family’s noble Welsh heritage and one of her ancestors the warrior Elystan Glodrydd, Prince of Ferrig (represented by the Lion).

The colours of red and blue are also the colours of the Royal Fusiliers Regiment, in which members of her family have served.

At the time Sophie said: “It’s wonderful, I’m absolutely thrilled. It’s not modern and different, because it is representative of my family’s heritage, so it’s in keeping with that.”

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge’s coat of arms

Kate’s coat of arms features those of her husband Prince William impaled with those of her father.

The coat of arms was granted to her father by the College of Arms in April 2011.

Thomas Woodcock, Garter King of Arms, the senior officer of the College of Arms, helped the family with the design.

Kate’s coat of arms denotes she is the daughter of Michael Middleton and the wife of the Duke of Cambridge.

The dividing line (between two colours) down the centre of the coat of arms is canting of the name ‘Middle-ton’.

The acorns on the arms are a traditional symbol of England and a feature of west Berkshire, where the family lived.

Three acorns also denote the family’s three children.

A gold chevron in the centre of the arms is an allusion to Carole Middleton’s maiden name of Goldsmith.

Two white chevronels symbolise peaks and mountains, and the family’s love of the Lake District and skiing.

Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle has kept her coat of arms despite no longer being a senior royal (Image: GETTY)

Meghan Markle’s coat of arms

While Meghan and Harry have stepped down as senior royals the couple still have a coat of arms.

Meghan coat of arms bears those of her husband Prince Harry impaled with her own.

Thomas Woodcock, Garter King of Arms, the senior officer of the College of Arms, helped the Duchess with the design, which was approved by the Queen.

The arms feature a blue background to represent the Pacific Ocean off the California coast, while the two golden rays across the shield are symbolic of the sunshine of the Duchess’s home state.

Three quills represent communication and the power of words.

Beneath the shield on the grass, there is a collection of golden poppies, California’s state flower, and wintersweet, which grows at Kensington Palace.

There is a songbird with wings elevated as if flying and an open beak which represents the power of communication.


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