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The Queen approved a new conjugal coat of arms for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.  Designed by the College of Arms in London, conjugal arms traditionally combine the separate shields of a royal husband and wife.

Prince William’s shield, on the left of the coat of arms, is his version of the Royal Coat of Arms, granted to him 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, the lion of Scotland and the harp of Ireland. 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 comes from the Middleton coat of arms, which was granted to the family in 2011, ahead of her marriage. It is divided vertically, with one half blue and the other half red, and includes a gold chevron across the centre with white “cotises” either side. It also includes three acorns – representing the duchess and her siblings Pippa and James – with gold stalks and leaves.  (Source: BBC)