Prince William: New Flag to Fly Over Canada in His Honor

06/30/2011 at 02:00 PM EDT

Prince William's New Flag in Canada
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
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When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at their formal welcome into Canada on their North American tour Thursday, they'll be greeted by a new flag that was specially created for Prince William.

The flag, for use when William is in Canada, was designed and made over a three-month period. It includes the familiar insignia that are on other royal standards, but also has William's "W' cypher at its center.

There is also a red sea shell – symbolizing the family of his late mother Princess Diana – that appears on his official coat of arms.





The flag will, in fact, greet them on their motorcade car that will leave Ottawa's Macdonald-Cartier International Airport after the royal couple land.

It is only the second flag that's been made for use by the British royals in Canada, a Commonwealth country that has Queen Elizabeth as Head of State. The Queen's flag was created in 1962.

William's father Prince Charles also has a new flag, but he won't use that until he visits the country again.

Prince William: New Flag to Fly Over Canada in His Honor| The British Royals, Kate Middleton, Prince William

The personal flag of The Duke of Cambridge

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