The Queen of England, Elizabeth II, has given her official blessing to the much anticipated forth coming royal wedding ceremony of her grandson Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to hold at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, on the 19th of May. The Queen of England gave her official seal of approval to the marriage in an Instrument of Consent, which is a hand-written document that will be given to the soon to be wedded couple after they tie the knot.
The consent reads as follows: “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 (sic).” According too the Palace; “The Instrument of Consent is drafted by the Crown Office and is, in the case of Prince Harry’s marriage, hand-written and illuminated on vellum by one of a panel of scrivener artists retained by the Crown Office. Vellum is used only for important State documents.”
The Palace also explained some of the other imagery incorporated in the document stating that, “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.” “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 are olive branches, adopted from the Great Seal of the United States.”