Queen Elizabeth Gives Handwritten Consent to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
By Liz Calvario
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will be given the official seal of approval from Queen Elizabeth following their May 19 wedding.
Buckingham Palace shared an image of the Instrument of Consent, the hand-written document which details the Queen's approval of her grandson's marriage to the Suits' actress. The document will be given to the newlyweds after their wedding.
"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," the consent reads.
According to 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 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 statement says, adding that 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 are olive branches, adopted from the Great Seal of the United States."
The Consent also features the coronet for Harry and the Commonwealth symbol, and 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.
We're only a week away from the royal wedding, and Meghan's family and friends are beginning to make their way to London to help her with all the preparations. As we countdown to the wedding of the year, keep up with all of ET's coverage of the royal wedding as we count down to May 19.