Meghan Markle's father, Thomas Markle, is set to walk her down the aisle at her May 19th wedding ceremony in St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. But before the duo take a stroll towards the alter in front of 600 guests, Thomas will receive a very meaningful gift from the royal family to mark the special occasion.
It is a royal tradition to gift a family coat of arms with customized colours and symbols to the father of the bride ahead of a wedding. Though Kensington Palace and the College of Arms have declined to comment, it's an important custom that will likely be observed.
The royals followed the tradition in 2011, gifting Kate Middleton's father Michael Middleton a coat of arms one week before the wedding. Then in September 2013, Kate and Prince William debuted their own conjugal coat of arms that combined the two families.