Queen Elizabeth Gives Official Consent for Royal Wedding

It’s less than a week to go the wedding of the year, and it’s time for the Queen to give her official content for the nuptials. 

Buckingham Palace shared images of the Queen’s notice of consent for Prince Harry’s marriage to Meghan Markle.

The handwritten document is drafted by the Crown Office and written on vellum, material that is used only for important state documents. 

The notice is of intricate design, explained by a statement released by Buckingham Palace. 

“The design to the left of the text incorporates a red dragon, the heraldic symbol of Wales, together with the UK’s floral emblems – the rose, thistle and shamrock. It also features Prince Harry’s Label, including three tiny red escallops from the Spencer family Arms.”

“The design to the right of the text also includes the rose, as this is also the national flower of the United States. To either side of the rose are two golden poppies – this being the state flower of California, where Ms. Markle was born. Between the flowers is the Welsh leek, together with Prince Harry’s Label. Beneath the Label is olive branches, adapted from the Great Seal of the United States.”

“The Instrument of Consent is sealed with the Great Seal of the Realm, which is attached to the foot of the document by woven cords sealed within the Great Seal itself. The Queen’s signature, “Elizabeth R,” can be seen at the top right of the document, which will be presented to Prince Harry and Ms. Markle after the wedding.”

Bearing The Queen's signature, the Instrument of Consent records Her Majesty's consent to the Marriage of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle. The design to the left of the text incorporates a red dragon, the heraldic symbol of Wales, together with the UK's floral emblems – the rose, thistle & shamrock. It also features Prince Harry’s Label, including three tiny red escallops from the Spencer family Arms. To the right of the text is another rose, the national flower of the USA, and golden poppies – the state flower of California, where Ms Markle was born. Below the Welsh leek & Prince Harry's Label are olive branches, adopted from the Great Seal of the United States. The Instrument of Consent is sealed with the Great Seal of the Realm, which is attached to the foot of the document by woven cords sealed within the Great Seal itself. Take a look at our Instagram story to see the details.

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The couple announced their engagement on November 27, 2017. Their wedding will take place on May 19 in Windsor Castle, in the oldest an official residence of the Queen. After their ‘I do’s’ the newlyweds are scheduled to leave the Castle in a carriage for a two-mile procession.