Many British made special plans in the days before Kate Middleton's wedding to Prince William in April 2011. However, the bride's father went beyond that. He commissioned a coat of arms for the entire Middleton family to mark this opportunity.
Yes, Michael Middleton commissioned the heraldic design – Thomas Woodcock, Garter Principal King of Arms, of the College of Arms in London – all for the royal sum of $ 6,100. According to BBC News royal experts said the mantle "marks the elevated social status of [Kate’s] parents and their potential as a future queen."
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The blazon was unveiled on April 19, 2011, ten days before Kate and William took their vows at Westminster Abbey. And Michael and Thomas thought through every design element. For starters, the coat of arms is shaped like an elaborate rhombus, a form used for women. (The shield shape is reserved for men.) At Kate's suggestion, she wears three oak branches, one for each Middleton child. The golden chevron in the middle pays homage to Carole Middleton, Kate's mother, since Carole's maiden name was Goldsmith. The white "Chevronels" – d. H. The V-shapes above and below the golden chevron – show the family's love of skiing in England's mountainous Lake District.
And the bound band at the top was an add-on to show Kate and Sister Pippas status as unmarried women. As for the blue and red background, this coat of arms only differs from an existing design. "With every new design of a coat of arms, it must be ensured that the design is not just color but also linear," explains Thomas. "And since there's a 16th-century crest with a chevron between three oak branches, we've made the distinction – separating the background colors."
This version of the coat of arms, with the ribbon above, was printed on the back of a Royal Wedding Keepsake Program. William's coat of arms, an ornate shield design with a lion and a unicorn, was printed on the front. Thomas said that this heraldry is not "compulsory" for Kate, but when she marries into the royal family, "[had] she probably needs a coat of arms." However, he also said that Kate could have had a design, but her father wanted the whole family to use it. You do, Mr. Middleton!
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