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Herald Painter Robert Parsons sketches the new Coat of Arms for Kate Middleton's family
By royal expert Camilla Tominey
Kate Middleton and her family have a new coat of arms.
Designed by the College of Arms with a lot of input from Kate’s father, Michael Middleton (and approved by England's senior herald), the patriotic red, white and blue shield, known as a “lozenge,” features three acorns representing the Middleton family’s association with Berkshire and the fact that their family home is surrounded by oak trees.
Kate and her younger siblings Pippa and James are each represented by an acorn. There is also a gold band running through the center that represents Kate’s mother Carole’s side of the family, the Goldsmiths. The current coat of arms can be used by both Kate and her sister Pippa as unmarried daughters of the Middletons.
Once Kate marries William, her coat of arms will be “skewered” into his. The emblem also features a girlie blue ribbon at the top, a nod perhaps to the blue theme that has run through Kate’s engagement, from her sapphire Issa dress to her engagement ring, which once belonged to Diana.