19 April 2011

Today's Pic: Kate's New Coat

Catherine Middleton got a brand new coat today but this one is based on ancient tradition: her family's Coat of Arms. Any British person can apply for a coat of arms so the Middletons could have applied for theirs earlier, but that might have looked presumptious.

The new Middleton arms include three acorns representing Catherine and her siblings, the gold represents her mother Carole whose maiden name is Goldsmith, the red and blue stand are traditional British colors and the divide down the middle between the two color "tones" is a pun on the family surname. For Catherine, the arms include a bow to denote she is an unmarried daughter. After the wedding, her arms will be impaled with Prince William's.

The new Coat of Arms for Kate Middleton's family is displayed at the College of Arms in London April 18, 2011. Kate Middleton will use this Coat of Arms until her April 29th wedding to Britain's Prince William, when it will be merged with his Coat of Arms. Photograph taken April 18, 2011. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: ROYALS SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT)

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