Meghan Markle’s father, Thomas, will receive a super-special honor just days before he walks his daughter down the aisle.
Per royal tradition, Markle’s dad will obtain a family coat of arms, a visual design based on the family’s lineage that serves as a crest, before the royal wedding on May 19, according to reports. Once he accepts the honor, the newlyweds will be able to get their own “conjugal coat of arms,” which won’t be revealed for another few years.
If this sounds familiar, it’s probably because Kate Middleton’s father, Michael, received a coat of arms the week before Prince William married his daughter. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge debuted their conjugal crest in 2013, two years after their wedding.
According to Thomas Woodcock, Garter King of Arms at the College of Arms, “Every coat of arms has been designed to identify a person, school or organization, and is to last forever. Heraldry is Europe’s oldest, most visual and strictly regulated form of identity and it surrounds us in Britain, giving clues to our history and surroundings.”
Talk about an honor.