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Meghan Markle has officially received her own coat of arms. Less than a week after she and Prince Harry tied the knot, Kensington Palace unveiled the design—and social media is loving all of the symbolism in the new royal coat of arms.

According to Kensington Palace, the coat of arms, which was approved by the Queen, features many elements connected to the Duchess of Sussex’s Golden State roots. “The blue background of the shield represents 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. The three quills represent communication and the power of words,” the statement reads. “Beneath the shield on the grass sits a collection of golden poppies, California’s state flower, and wintersweet, which grows at Kensington Palace.”

Additionally, the Duchess of Sussex’s “supporter” is a songbird that has “wings elevated as if flying and an open beak, which with the quill represents the power of communication.” The coat of arms breaks royal tradition in its entirety. People magazine reports that the design is traditionally given to the father of the bride before the royal wedding, however, the new coat of arms was presented directly to the Duchess of Sussex due to the pre-wedding family drama. It also does not feature her family name.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were married at St. George’s Chapel on Saturday, May 19.

See how social media reacted to the Markle’s new royal coat of arms below:

Social Media Reacts to the Duchess of Sussex’s Royal Coat of Arms

What are your thoughts on Meghan Markle’s new royal coat of arms? How do you feel about the various design elements? Sound off in the comments section below!

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