By The Associated Press
LONDON (AP) — Kensington Palace has given details of the newly created Coat of Arms for the former Meghan Markle — an honor which is accorded by tradition to the nobility.
The Coat of Arms for the Duchess of Sussex, as she is now formally known, includes symbols that invoke the former actress’ background and look to her future.
This generated image made available Friday, May 25, 2018 by Kensington Palace shows the newly created coat of arms of Meghan Duchess of Sussex. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry married on Saturday, May 19, and are now known as The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. (Kensington Palace/PA via AP)
It features a blue background that represents the Pacific Ocean and golden rays of sunshine reminiscent of California, her home state in America. The shield includes three quills representing the power of words — a nod to her former website, which was used as a forum to discuss social issues.
A collection of golden poppies, California’s state flower, sit on the grass beneath the shield together with wintersweet, which grows at Kensington Palace.