The Middletons get their own emblem

The Middleton family’s coat of arms was officially unveiled yesterday – 10 days before Kate Middleton marries Prince William.

The emblem, which cost £4,400, was commissioned by her dad Michael and a special version will be printed on the back of the souvenir Royal Wedding programme. 

As suggested by Kate, 29, the design features 3 acorn sprigs to signify the 3 Middleton children.

She chose acorns because they grow to be oaks – a tree that symbolises strength, England and west Berkshire, where the family live.

Dominating the arms is an inverted gold V, which represents Kate‘s mum Carole – whose maiden name is Goldsmith – as the heart of the family. 

The design also features white chevrons to symbolise mountains – reflecting the family’s love of skiing – and the Lake District.

A tied ribbon, which represents Kate‘s unmarried status, completes the emblem.

Following the Royal Wedding on 29 April, Kate‘s coat of arms will be combined with her husband Prince William‘s family emblem.

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