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Kensington Palace unveils new coat of arms for Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

The new coat of arms for Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is seen in this undated handout image released in London on September 27, 2013.

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First they had a baby and now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have a new coat of arms.

Kensington Palace announced Friday that the couple have a "conjugal coat of arms" which "traditionally includes the separate shields of a Royal husband and wife, side by side."

It is a combination of a shield the Duke received on his 18th birthday from the Queen. It includes the three lions of England in the first and fourth quarters, the lion of Scotland in the second and the harp of Ireland in the third. It carries the motto Honi soit qui mal y pense, or "Shame to those who think evil of it". The Duchess's includes the Middleton family coat of arms and it was designed shortly before the couple's marriage in 2011. It is half blue and half red.

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"For its placement in the conjugal arms, The Duchess of Cambridge's shield is surrounded by wreath of oak, to balance out the Duke's garter. This is traditional for Royal Spouses who are not themselves entitled to surround their Arms with an order of chivalry," the palace said in a release.

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