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Kate Middleton is yet to apply for her Coat of Arms

Royal bride-to-be, Kate Middleton, is said to be so busy planning her wedding that she has not yet applied for her own coat of arms, according to the College of Arms.

An insignia is a prerequisite for anyone marrying into the Royal Family, although not a legality. Unlike the late Princess of Wales, whose Spencer family had its own Coat of Arms which she adopted after marrying Prince Charles, Kate’s middle-class background means that she doesn’t have a Coat of Arms.
In order to obtain one she will need to be granted one by the College. He father Michael will need to lodge a petition for the College to approve. A bespoke insignia would then design the Coat of Arms when her application is approved. Applicants need to obtain a warrant from the Earl Marshal in order to be granted the arms.

Yesterday Clive Cheesman, officer of arms at the College of Arms, revealed that the college had not yet received an application. He added that normally the process can take up to eight months. However he said that it was possible to arrange it in around two weeks.

Last night, sources from the Palace responded by saying that the Middleton family would apply for a Coat of Arms, but this might be postponed until after the wedding on April 29.

Once the crest is awarded, it may be used by her father, her mother, her sister and her brother.



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