The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate, have just revealed their Conjugal Coat of Arms. The royal coat of arms is a traditional heraldry featuring the husband and wife’s respective family shields; Prince William’s appears on the left, while Kate’s appears on the right.
The Conjugal Arms “represent[s] them in heraldic terms as a married couple,” said representatives of Kensington Palace in a statement. The queen approved the design earlier this year.
ABC News describes the significance of the images in the Conjugal Coat of Arms:
William’s shield, on the left, is his version of the Royal Coat of Arms, which was granted to him on his 18 th birthday, according to the palace. The shield shows the Royal emblems of England, Scotland and Ireland surrounded by a blue garter to symbolize William’s title of Knight Companion in the Order of the Garter.
Kate’s shield, on the right, comes from her family’s Coat of Arms, granted to her father, Michael Middleton, ahead of her 2011 wedding to William. Kate’s shield is surrounded by a Wreath of Oak, to balance out the Duke’s garter, a traditional placement for royal spouses who do not come from royal lineage, according to the palace.
The new Conjugal Arms also upholds the legacy of William’s maternal side of the family by including a red escallop shell derived from the Spencer Coat of Arms, the arms used by ancestors of William’s late mother, Princess Diana of Wales, for centuries, according to the palace.
As is tradition, both Prince William and Kate will keep their individual coats of arms but share this joint royal coat of arms.