Bride Kate 'Too Busy' to Pick a Coat of Arms; Crest May Be Chosen after Wedding

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Byline: Katie Nicholl ROYAL CORRESPONDENT

ROYAL bride Kate Middleton is so busy with wedding plans she has yet to apply for her own coat of arms, the College of Arms confirmed yesterday.

Although not a legality, an insignia is a prerequisite for those marrying into the Royal Family.

Unlike the late Princess of Wales, whose paternal Spencer family coat of arms was used when she married Prince Charles, Kate's middle-class background means she does not have one.

In order to be granted one, her father Michael will have to lodge a petition or 'memorial' with the College, which would approve the application before a bespoke insignia could be designed.

Arms and crests are granted by letters patent.

Applicants must get a warrant from the Earl Marshal, agreeing to the granting of the arms.

Clive Cheesman, officer of arms at the College of Arms, told The Mail on Sunday: 'We have not received any application thus far. For normal applicants, the process can take up to eight months from first consultation to the completed process. However, in this instance, it could be arranged in two weeks.' Last night, Palace sources said the Middleton family would be applying for a coat of Arms, but this could be postponed until after the wedding on April 29.

Once awarded, the crest could also be used by Kate's father, her mother Carole, her sister Pippa and her brother James. 'Catherine has a lot to think about,' a senior courtier said. …