Prince Harry and Meghan Markle plan to marry next Saturday in St. George’s Chapel. It is in the grounds of Windsor Castle.
And so, Queen Elizabeth has given her official consent that is hand-written.
It is known as the “Instrument of Consent”. A document in which Her Majesty officially recognises the marriage is illuminated on vellum by one of a panel of scrivener artists.
What does the consent consists of?
The notice’s detailed design includes a red dragon, the heraldic symbol of Wales. Also, the floral emblems for England, Scotland and Northern Ireland: the rose, thistle and shamrock. It also includes two golden poppies, the official flower of Meghan’s home state.
The Instrument of Consent is sealed with the Great Seal of the Realm. It is attached to the foot of the document by woven cords sealed within the Great Seal itself.
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Queen Elizabeth’s signature, ‘Elizabeth R’ can be seen at the top right of the document. This will be presented to Prince Harry and Ms. Markle after the wedding.
What does the document consist of?
“Now know ye that We have consented and do by these presents signify our Consent to the contracting of Matrimony between Our Most Dearly Beloved Grandson Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales, K.C.V.O. and Rachel Meghan Markle”.
These letters, K.C.V.O refer to the knighthood given to Harry by the Queen. It stands for ‘Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order’. The royal wedding is scheduled to take place in the oldest inhabited castle in the world. It is also the official residence of Queen Elizabeth.
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Plans after the wedding nuptials are over.
After the royal wedding, the royal couple plans to leave Windsor Castle in a carriage for a roughly two-mile procession. They will be travelling along the High Street through the town of Windsor before returning to the castle.
The couple and guests are later invited to attend a reception hosted by Her majesty at St. George’s Hall in the castle grounds. This will truly bring the public aspects of the day to a close.