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Queen Gives Consent For Prince Harry And Meghan Markle’s Wedding Less Than A Week Before The Ceremony

According to the Royal Marriages Act 1772 (which was altered slightly in 2015), the monarch, in this case, the Queen, must give her consent for the first six heirs in line for the throne to marry. This is a longstanding tradition that was put in place to “guard against marriages that could diminish the status of the royal house.”

Luckily, Meghan won Prince Harry’s grandma over and she officially consented to the marriage on Sunday – six days before the royal ceremony!

By “official” we mean the document has been signed and the seal of the Realm applied. Queen Elizabeth II formally consent in March. The Instrument of Consent reads in part:

“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.”

It concludes with “By The Queen Herself Signed with Her Own Hand” and her signature (“Elizabeth R.”) is seen in the upper right-hand corner. On the left, the symbol of Wales, a red dragon is visible as is a rose and poppies – a nod to Markle. The rose is the official flower of the United States and golden poppies – the state flower of California, where Markle was born.

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