Prince William and Kate Middleton have a new coat of arms to represent them as a married couple, according to Kensington Palace.
The conjugal coat of arms was approved by the Queen earlier this year.
It combines the Duke of Cambridge’s coat of arms and the duchess’ shield, from the Middleton family coat of arms.
Designed by the College of Arms in London, conjugal arms traditionally combine the separate shields of a royal husband and wife.
Prince William’s shield, on the left of the coat of arms, is his version of the Royal Coat of Arms, granted to him by the Queen on his 18th birthday.
It shows the various royal emblems of different parts of the UK – the three lions of England, the lion of Scotland and the harp of Ireland.
Kate Middleton and Prince William get new conjugal coat of arms
The duke’s shield is surrounded by a blue garter bearing the motto Honi soit qui mal y pense – Shame to those who think evil of it – which symbolizes the Order of the Garter, of which he is a Knight Companion.
Kate Middleton’s shield comes from her family’s coat of arms, which was granted to the family in 2011, ahead of her marriage.
It is divided vertically, with one half blue and the other half red, and includes a gold chevron across the centre with white “cotises” either side.
The shield also includes three acorns – representing Kate Middleton and her siblings Pippa and James – with gold stalks and leaves.
The conjugal arms was made by putting Kate Middleton’s shield next to Prince William’s, in what is known as an impaled coat of arms.
In the couple’s arms, Kate Middleton’s shield is surrounded by a wreath of oak, to balance out her husband’s garter – a tradition for royal spouses who are not themselves entitled to surround their arms with an order of chivalry.
Both shields are supported by the royal lion and unicorn, each wearing a three pointed collar, known as a label.
The label has a red escallop shell derived from the Spencer coat of arms, which has been used by Prince William’s ancestors on his mother’s side for many centuries.
Prince William and Kate Middleton will keep the coat of arms forever, but parts could change as their own circumstances and roles change.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will also keep their own coats of arms to represent themselves as individuals, Kensington Palace said.
Prince Harry has talked about his duties as an uncle to his new nephew Prince George, saying that he will “make sure he has fun”.
Prince Harry, 28, said that he had already cuddled the prince, who was born on Monday and has been named George Alexander Louis – Prince George of Cambridge.
He said it was “fantastic to have another addition to the family”, and that the newborn “was crying his eyes out” when he met him.
Prince George is third in line to the throne.
Prince Harry – who is now fourth in line to the throne – spoke while on a visit to a photographic exhibition in London documenting the work of his Africa-based charity Sentebale.
The charity helps children living in Lesotho who are orphaned by the country’s HIV/Aids epidemic.
Prince Harry has talked about his duties as an uncle to his new nephew Prince George
When asked what his mission was as an uncle he replied: “To make sure he has a good upbringing, and keep him out of harm’s way and to make sure he has fun.
“The rest I’ll leave to the parents.”
Prince George was born at 16:24 BST on Monday at the private Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, where Prince William and Prince Harry were also born.
The prince joked: “I only hope my brother knows how expensive my babysitting charges are.”
And asked what his nephew was like he held up his hands and said: “Well he’s about that long and about that wide.”
Kate Middleton and Prince William left hospital with their son on Tuesday evening, staying overnight at Kensington Palace.
The Queen spent 30 minutes with her new great-grandson on Wednesday. At a reception at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday evening, the monarch said she was “thrilled” at the arrival of her third great-grandchild.
Kate Middleton and Prince William left Kensington Palace shortly after the Queen’s visit and were driven to the home of the duchess’s parents Michael and Carole Middleton in Bucklebury, Berkshire.
It had been expected that the couple would want to spend time at Middleton family home but it is not known how long they will stay.
Prince William has two weeks’ paternity leave before he is due back at work in Anglesey where he is an RAF search and rescue pilot.
Kate Middleton and Prince William have named their son George Alexander Louis, Kensington Palace has said.
The third in line to the throne, who was born on Monday at 16:24 BST, will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.
It is thought the Queen was told of Prince George’s name when she met him for the first time on Wednesday.
The family are at the Middletons home in Bucklebury, Berkshire, after spending a night at Kensington Palace.
George was the bookmakers’ favorite for the first name of the prince.
Kate Middleton and Prince William had been expected to pick a traditional royal name for their son, who was born at St Mary’s Hospital in London, weighing 8lbs 6oz.
Royal infants usually have historical names which are passed down through the generations.
Kate Middleton and Prince William have named their son George Alexander Louis
There have been six King Georges up to now, most recently the Queen’s father, although his first name was Albert and he was known to his family as Bertie.
The name Louis is Prince William’s fourth name and is likely to be a tribute to Lord Louis Mountbatten, the Duke of Edinburgh’s uncle and the last British Viceroy of India before independence in 1947.
Lord Louis Mountbatten and Prince William’s father the Prince of Wales were very close. Known by the Royal Family as Uncle Dickie, he was assassinated by the IRA in August 1979.
According to reports, Alexander was said to be a favorite of Kate Middleton’s.
The Queen’s middle name is Alexandra and it is assumed the baby has been named after the Queen’s father.
Prince George does not have to be King George if he accedes to the throne – he can choose another name, as the Queen’s father did.
Charles Mosley, author of Blood Royal, said he knew it would be George.
“It was the name of the sovereigns under whom this country became a world player – in the 19th Century, defeating Napoleon, and in the 20th Century, winning two world wars.
“Louis is a nod in the direction of the Mountbatten element in the Royal Family. And indeed the surname of the royal family is still Mountbatten. His [Prince George’s] birth certificate and marriage certificate will say Mountbatten-Windsor.”
As well as being an established regal name, George is also a saint’s name. St George was an early Christian martyr and is the patron saint of England.
The royal baby was taken to see his grandparents on his first afternoon out today as it was revealed the Queen and Prince Harry have now met Baby Cambridge for the first time.
Kate Middleton and Prince William smiled broadly and waved from their car as they were driven away from Kensington Palace by security, where they had spent their first night together as a family.
The royal couple looked happy and fresh-faced, with Prince William sitting in the front passenger seat and Kate Middleton in the back with their child in his baby seat.
The royal baby was taken to see his grandparents Carole and Michael Middleton on his first afternoon out
They left their west London home shortly after the Queen had visited her new great-grandson and potentially discussed names with the parents, as the guessing game over what he will be called continues.
Kensington Palace officials would not confirm where the young family were going this afternoon, but their black Land Rover was later seen arriving at grandparents Carole and Michael Middleton’s mansion in Bucklebury, Berkshire.
The Queen, who will travel to Balmoral for her summer holiday on Friday, spent 30 minutes with the Duke, Duchess and Baby Cambridge from 11am.
It has also emerged that Prince Harry, who is said to be thrilled to have become an uncle, may have been there last night after the trio left hospital, having raced back to London from Wattisham airbase in Suffolk where he is on duty with the RAF.
It is understood that James Middleton and Pippa Middleton were also at Kensington Palace yesterday evening.
Prince Philip has yet to meet the child, but he and the Queen will be heading to Balmoral on Friday and it is understood that Kate Middleton and Prince William may take the royal baby there for a long weekend this summer.
Carole and Michael Middleton are the first visitors to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after the birth of their son.
Kate Middleton and Prince William earlier thanked hospital staff for their “tremendous” care.
It is understood the family will leave hospital on Tuesday evening or on Wednesday morning.
Gun salutes in Green Park and the Tower of London and the ringing of bells at Westminster Abbey have marked the birth of the third in line to the throne.
The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired a 41-gun salute in Green Park at 14:00 BST, after riding past Buckingham Palace.
At the same time, the Honourable Artillery Company – the City of London’s army reserve regiment – fired a 62-gun salute from Gun Wharf at the Tower of London.
Carole and Michael Middleton are the first visitors to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after the birth of their son
Meanwhile, the church bells of Westminster Abbey, where William and Catherine were married in April 2011, began ringing out – a celebration set to last for three hours.
Carole and Michael Middleton arrived at private Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, in Paddington, west London, by taxi shortly after 15:00 BST.
They were greeted by its lead clinician, Jonathan Ramsay, and paused briefly on the steps for the mass of photographers gathered outside before going inside.
Prince William was at the hospital for the birth at 16:24 BST on Monday, and stayed with his wife and son overnight.
Kensington Palace said in a statement: “Mother, son and father are all doing well.”
The couple said: “We would like to thank the staff at the Lindo Wing and the whole hospital for the tremendous care the three of us have received. “We know it has been a very busy period for the hospital and we would like to thank everyone – staff, patients and visitors – for their understanding during this time.”
Prince William had earlier said the couple “could not be happier” following the birth of the 8lb 6oz boy.
There has been no word yet on what Kate Middleton and Prince William plan to name the royal baby.
Kate Middleton and Prince William have received a baby box as a gift from the Finnish government.
The baby box is given to all expectant mothers in Finland and may have played a role in helping the country achieve one of the world’s lowest infant mortality rates.
People from all over the world contacted the social security service Kela asking to buy one.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were not among them, but as they will shortly have a use for the clothes and other mother-and-baby items inside the box (there is even one item for dad) Kela decided to send one to the expectant parents.
“Kela wanted to congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge,” says spokeswoman Heidi Liesivesi.
“The maternity package gained such a positive response from all around the world. The timing was perfect that the royal couple are having a baby.”
Kensington Palace has confirmed that the parents-to-be received the box last week.
“We were delighted to receive the very kind gift of the maternity package from the Finnish government. It was a very thoughtful gesture and we’re very grateful for it,” says a Kensington Palace spokesman.
Kate Middleton and Prince William have received a baby box as a gift from the Finnish government
“I’m sure the Duke and Duchess will be very interested to see the contents.”
The palace does not accept gifts from commercial organizations, but is happy to receive presents from individuals and foreign governments.
Prince William and Kate Middleton are the second royal couple to receive a baby box from Finland. In February last year, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden were given one to celebrate the birth of Princess Estelle.
As well as containing essentials, the baby box can also be used as a bed because it comes with a fitted mattress. Many Finnish babies have their first sleeps in these cardboard cots.
The baby box includes cloth diapers as the Finnish government disapproves of disposable nappies.
Maternity package is not a commercial product and therefore Kela cannot sell it. It is available solely as a benefit offered under the Finnish social security system. The items it contains are sourced through a competitive bidding process complying with EU law.
Baby box content:
Box itself doubles as a crib
Range of clothing including snowsuit, romper suits and leggings
Kate Middleton and Prince William have “decided not to find out” the gender of their baby, royal officials say.
The royal baby will be delivered in the private Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, west London – where Princess Diana had her sons.
The baby is due in mid-July, and Prince William hopes he will be present if his RAF duties allow.
St James’s Palace officials have appealed for an “appropriate degree of sensitivity” regarding the birth.
It is understood Prince William will take two weeks’ paternity leave – as allowed by the Ministry of Defence – but royal officials said the length of the duchess’s maternity leave is a personal matter for her.
The birth was a “very personal matter for the duke and duchess,” officials said.
“But they also know it’s a time to celebrate and many will want to share in their joy.”
Asking for “sensitivity”, officials added that events at the King Edward VII Hospital – where a nurse was found hanged after a prank call to the hospital when the duchess was being treated for morning sickness – were “still strong in the memory”.
Kate Middleton and Prince William have decided not to find out the gender of their baby
The unborn child is in line to become the 43rd monarch since the Norman Conquest.
Once Kate Middleton goes into labor, there will be no further public statement until the baby is born and the Queen, the Middleton family and other senior Royals have been told.
The baby will be delivered by Marcus Setchell, the Queen’s gynaecologist.
When the baby is born, an official announcement will be signed by medical staff and driven to Buckingham Palace – almost certainly under police escort.
The notice will then be placed at the palace central gates. This will form the official announcement, as was the case when Prince William’s birth was announced 31 years ago this Friday.
Reports suggest there will also be a gun salute to mark the birth.
But the name of the child – who will be third in line to the throne – remains a subject for speculation. It is not yet known how long after the birth an announcement will be made.
When Prince Harry was born, the public were told his name the day his mother left hospital. But it took almost a week for his older brother’s name to be announced.
Princess Diana gave birth to both William, in 1982, and Harry, in 1984, in the Lindo Wing where fees for a delivery start at £5,000 ($8,000).
A palace spokesman asked the media to “ensure that the normal functions of the hospital are not impeded” by the presence of journalists.
Kate Middleton attended the Trooping the Colour ceremony on Saturday – the last time she is expected to be seen in public before the baby is due.
Kate Middleton and Prince William faced fresh anguish over privacy today after Italian and Australian magazines published photographs of the pregnant duchess in a bikini and more publications round the world lined up to do the same.
Palace sources condemned the “violating” pictures, which show the couple walking along a beach while holidaying on the secluded Caribbean island of Mustique.
Chi magazine, which caused outrage when it published a photograph of Princess Diana as she lay dying, splashed pictures of Kate Middleton and her growing baby bump across its front page.
Australian magazine Woman’s Day has also printed the pictures, as well as photographs of Kate Middleton’s sister Pippa in a bikini, claiming they were taken by a member of the public on a public beach.
Editor Fiona Connolly said the royal couple are not a ‘protected species’ outside Britain adding: “This is not a hard decision. Kate’s on a public beach, there are other holiday-makers there and she looks fabulous.”
However, Mustique is a private island and there is an expectation of privacy for anyone holidaying there because the paparazzi is banned.
Kate Middleton, who is about four months pregnant, is wearing a bright blue halter-neck bikini with her slightly rounded stomach clearly visible.
Her arm is draped over her husband’s shoulders while Prince William, who is wearing blue baggy shorts and sunglasses, has an arm protectively around his wife’s back.
Chi magazine, which caused outrage when it published a photograph of Princess Diana as she lay dying, splashed pictures of Kate Middleton and her growing baby bump across its front page
The headline on the front of Chi magazine, which goes on sale today, reads: “Kate and William – honeymoon for three.”
Woman’s Day editor Fiona Connolly said she had no qualms about running the pictures, insisting they were taken by a fellow tourist on Mustique – and not a paparazzo.
They have published a poster today showing pictures of Kate Middleton to promote their next edition, which is out on Monday.
“She is on a public beach and she was mingling with holiday makers,” she said.
“There is no photographer hiding in the bushes and she is not inside a private villa,” said Fiona Connolly.
St James’s Palace has angrily hit out at the impending publication of the photos in Europe as “a clear breach of the couple’s privacy”.
But Fiona Connolly said Australians did not view the royal family as a “protected species” like the British.
“The British have a great deal more sensitivity to royals than we do here in Oz,” she said.
“As Australians, we see this every day. We see pregnant women in bikinis on the beach – and a public one at that – so we are a lot less sensitive here.
“Our readers are going to love these photos. I don’t expect any backlash at all really. I think she’s looking fabulous and healthy and (with) a beautiful bump, like we haven’t seen her before.”
Some experts are predicting that Kate Middleton and Prince William will end up with twins – and if they do, there could be more than just the usual parenting headaches ahead for the royal couple.
No mother of a future monarch has given birth to twins in Britain since the 15th century – so nobody is quite sure what will happen if Kate Middleton makes history and produces a brace of infants next summer.
And if she does, the intriguing question is: which of the children will end up on the throne?
Normally, of course, this would be little cause for discussion during a royal pregnancy. But the debilitating symptoms currently suffered by Kate Middleton in the King Edward VII Hospital in central London point to hyperemesis gravidarum, a condition experienced slightly more often by women expecting twins.
If it did prove to be the case that Kate Middleton was carrying two children, and she gave birth to them naturally, the rule of primogeniture that has dictated the royal succession for centuries would mean that if the twins are boys, the first-born would ascend the throne.
And until recently, if the twins were boy and girl, it would be the boy who got to wear the crown. But under new legislation, if Kate Middleton gives birth to a mixed pair, it will be the first-born who succeeds – no matter their gender.
All that seems straightforward. But if Kate Middleton were to require either an emergency or an elective caesarean, then things get very much more complicated.
Some experts are predicting that Kate Middleton and Prince William will end up with twins
Last year, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark – that country’s next monarch – gave birth to twins.
There was some anxiety beforehand that her babies might have to be delivered by caesarean section, leading to speculation that it would be the obstetrician who chose which child to deliver first and thus which would eventually rise to the throne.
Happily, she didn’t have to go through with a caesarean section birth, and gave birth to Prince Vincent, the nation’s future monarch, 25 minutes ahead of his sister, Princess Josephine.
Were those circumstances to arise here and a caesarean be required, the task of picking who would be the future king or queen would fall, in theory, to Alan Farthing – the royal gynaecologist still better known as the former fiancé of murdered BBC presenter Jill Dando.
Alan Farthing, 47, now a distinguished figure in the world of obstetrics, has held the royal post since 2008, and experienced himself the joy of fatherhood for the first time early last year when his wife Janet, 33, gave birth to a boy.
But while he will be more than prepared for the challenges ahead, it’s unlikely Alan Farthing would want to shoulder the responsibility of choosing whom he brought into the world first. Which begs the question – who would?
Would it be Prince William, who’s expected, like most modern fathers, to be present at the birth? Would the royal family have to revert to the odd practices of yesteryear, where a government minister had to be present at the accouchement to act as an observer and ensure everything was above board?
Last time that happened to a future monarch was in 1926, when the present Queen was born and home secretary Sir William Joynson-Hicks was required to be present, albeit in an adjoining room. Should that be the case again next year the job will fall to Theresa May, the present home secretary.
Faced with the prospect of choosing which twin became the heir, the Cambridges would be able to consider various precedents set when similar situations have arisen.
Their friend the Marquess of Cholmondeley faced such a situation three years ago when his twin sons were born by caesarean. In the end, his ancient title went to his first-born, Alexander, who now bears his father’s courtesy title Earl of Rocksavage; his twin is more simply known as Lord Oliver Cholmondeley.
What Kate and Wills can’t do is draw on any recent experience in either family tree, for there’s almost no history of twins in William’s extended family, and a trawl back through Kate’s rich and varied ancestry comes up with very few examples – and none in recent times.
Should Kate actually prove to be carrying twins, though, she will hope they find better fortune than the last pair of royal infants. In 1430, King James I of Scotland’s wife Queen Joan gave birth to two boys. The first, Alexander, was named as the heir to the throne and given the title Duke of Rothesay – a title still carried today by William’s father as Prince of Wales.
The second twin, James, would have expected an easy life – except that within a year his elder brother had died and he assumed the Rothesay title. By the time he was six, his father had been assassinated and he rose unsteadily to the Scottish throne as King James II of Scotland.
We no longer live in such unsettled times, but for William and Kate, there will still be an element of uncertainty – until they know for certain whether they have twins on the way or not.
Danish magazine Se Og Hor has published photographs of Kate Middleton changing her bikini bottom, reigniting the privacy scandal surrounding the Royal couple.
Celebrity magazine Se Og Hor (See And Hear) has gone further than any other publication and printed a 16-page special of photographs, including three of the Duchess of Cambridge changing her bikini bottoms – taken from the front.
The photos appear to be from the same set of shots originally taken while Prince William and his wife were holidaying in the South of France.
There are thought to be up to 200 photos taken of Kate and William when they were sunbathing at a secluded chateau.
The most revealing photograph in Se Og Hor, which appears on the front page of the magazine, shows the Duchess changing into a pair of blue bikini bottoms.
Danish magazine Se Og Hor has published photographs of Kate Middleton changing her bikini bottom
Kim Henningsen, Se Og Hor’s editor in chief, was unabashed by the threat of legal action and declined to say who sold the photographs or how much was paid for them.
He said: “It’s a set of unique photos from an A-class celebrity. It is my job to publish them.”
Kate Middleton and Prince William won a landmark injunction in France to stop further publication of the images by Closer magazine, under the threat of a €100,000 fine.
They have also handed over all files containing the images to representatives of the couple on the orders of the judge, after they were ruled a “brutal” invasion of privacy.
The court made no ruling for the magazine to name the photographer, however, and it has the right to protect his or identity under France’s laws on protection of journalistic sources.
But the release of the unseen pictures of Kate confirms fears that the injunction will do little to halt the worldwide spread of the pictures.
The revealing photographs of the Royal couple relaxing on a private balcony were first published in French magazine Closer, before a 26-page special was published in Italy’s Chi and Ireland’s Irish Daily Star.
Angelina Jolie has invited the Duchess of Cambridge to the Olympics party she is throwing alongside fiancé Brad Pitt.
The Hollywood couple has hired out London’s Victoria and Albert and are hosting an Olympics-themed Night At The Museum.
The party, to take place on 25 July, two days before the official Olympics party, is to be held in honor of sporting heavyweight Muhammad Ali.
The glamorous soiree is intended to raise funds for the couple’s chosen charity, Sports for Peace.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, who are currently renting in London while Angelina is filming for her movie, Maleficient (and rumored to be moving to the UK on a more permanent basis) plan to throw open the doors to their $30 million townhouse for the mother of all after-parties.
Angelina Jolie has invited the Duchess of Cambridge to the Olympics party she is throwing alongside fiancé Brad Pitt
A source told the Daily Mirror: “The who’s who of British and American celebrity will be in attendance, and invitees have been ordered not to take any photos from their phones.”
Other invited A-listers include David and Victoria Beckham, Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones and Prince Harry.
Whether Kate Middleton and Prince William accept the invitation remains to be seen but one thing’s for sure, if Kate does make an appearance, all eyes will be on the wardrobe choices of the event’s two leading ladies.