Here's what Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will receive from the Queen after the wedding

Junie Sihlangu
May 14, 2018
11:22 A.M.

Even though the Queen has approved of the marriage between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the pair will get an official document to certify this. They will receive the document after they are married.


The Royal document is simply known as the Instrument of Consent according to Kensington Palace. It signifies the Queen's official consent to the marriage on May 19, 2018.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will receive a written memento documenting Queen Elizabeth‘s approval of their union after they get married. The document boasts beautiful details that celebrate the couple’s heritage.

On Saturday, Buckingham Palace released the first images of the Instrument of Consent. It is a handwritten document that records the Queen’s consent, which she formally gave to the couple at the meeting of the Privy Council on March 14, 2018.


Being sixth in line to the throne, Harry needed to obtain formal permission from the Queen to marry under the Succession to the Crown Act. On the left side of the document, there’s a design which joins together a red dragon which is the heraldic symbol of Wales.

The dragon is joined with a rose, thistle, and shamrock, which are the official floral emblems of the UK. The design also features Prince Harry’s label and includes three tiny red escallops from the Spencer family arms which represent his mother, the late Princess Diana.

‘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.’


Queen Elizabeth II, People, May 12, 2018

On the right side of the text, there’s a floral design that references Markle and Harry’s union. The image is a rose, which is the national flower of the US, surrounded by two golden poppies, which are the state flowers of Markle’s home state of California.

Between the two flowers, and directly under the rose, is the Welsh leek, which was paired together with Prince Harry’s label. Underneath the whole design are olive branches, which are featured in the Great Seal of the US.


Two smaller images appear underneath the two main designs, on the left the coronet for Prince Harry; and on the right, the symbol for the Commonwealth. The document features the Queen’s signature towards the top right corner and is sealed with the red Great Seal of the Realm.

This Royal wedding update came a few hours after Kensington Palace announced that Bishop Michael Bruce Curry, from Chicago, Illinois, would give the address at their wedding.

“The love that has brought and will bind Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle together has its source and origin in God, and is the key to life and happiness,” Curry said in a statement.

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