Meghan Markle gets a coat of arms

Meghan Markle‘s transformation into the Duchess of Sussex is complete after receiving a coat of arms – which she helped design with an ode to her native California.

Days after marrying Prince Harry, Kensington Palace on Friday announced the design on social media after it was approved by Queen Elizabeth.

“Her Royal Highness worked closely with the College of Arms throughout the design process to create a Coat of Arms that was both personal and representative,” the palace said about the LA native.

“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,” it added.

“The three quills represent communication and the power of words.”

Markle, a self-described feminist and former actress, chose to emblazon her coat of arms with a songbird, “with wings elevated as if flying and an open beak, which with the quill represents the power of communication.”

On the opposite side of the bird stands a lion that reperesents Harry.

Under the shield on the grass lies a collection of golden poppies – California’s state flower – and wintersweet, which grows at Kensington Palace.

“The Duchess of Sussex took a great interest in the design,” said Thomas Woodcock, the Garter King of Arms.

“Good heraldic design is nearly always simple and the Arms of The Duchess of Sussex stand well beside the historic beauty of the quartered British Royal Arms,” he said.

Now that Markle has her very own coat of arms, she and Harry can get their own “conjugal coat of arms,” which will likely be unveiled in a couple years, according to People.

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