IT’S OFFICIAL! Queen FINALLY releases HISTORIC document approving royal wedding
THE QUEEN has officially granted permission for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to marry in a historic document made of vellum that was complete with a design aimed at celebrating the bride’s US heritage.
The Instrument of Consent – the official document confirming the approval of Her Majesty – includes American emblems for Meghan Markle.
These include a rose, the national flower of the US, two golden poppies from her home state of California, and olive branches adopted from the Great Seal of the US.
The Queen signed the document in March.
The document says: “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 KCVO and Rachel Meghan Markle.”
The wording on the Instrument of Consent is different from the instrument signed to give consent to the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The Duchess of Cambridge – or Kate Middleton as she was known then – was described as “our trusty and well-beloved Catherine” in a phrase reserved for British citizens.
The historic document also includes a Commonwealth emblem, reflecting the couple’s commitment as youth ambassadors in the 53 nation body.
The emblem for Prince Harry includes the red dragon of Wales along with the UK’s floral emblems.
It also includes three tiny red escallops from the Spencer family Arms, the family of Harry’s mother, the late Princess Diana.
The document, which will be given to the couple after the wedding, is drafted by the Crown Office and illuminated on vellum, a fine parchment made from the skin of a calf that is only used for important state documents.
It was made by one of a panel of scrivener artists.
Prince Harry had to seek the permission of his grandmother under the Succession to the Crown Act 2013.
The Act requires the first six people in line to the throne to obtain the Queen’s blessing to marry unless they wish to be disqualified from succeeding to the Crown.
This comes after the Queen was pictured enjoying the sunshine at the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
The Countess of Wessex and her son James Vicount Seven also attended the horse show.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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