In with the new, or will tra­di­tion pre­vail?

StarMetro Calgary - - DAILY LIFE - Jen­nifer Has­san

When Kate Mid­dle­ton mar­ried Prince Wil­liam in 2011, she — like Diana, Princess of Wales, be­fore her — broke from the tra­di­tional vow of promis­ing to “love, cher­ish and obey” her hus­band. Will Meghan Markle do the same at her wed­ding?

The de­mands of his­tory al­ways play a role in royal wed­dings. Not only do cou­ples need con­sent from the queen to marry, they must also deal with an ad­di­tional layer of pres­sure: to fol­low or jet­ti­son age-old tra­di­tions.

When the bride and groom ex­change vows at Wind­sor Cas­tle’s St. Ge­orge’s Chapel this week­end, com­par­isons with the past will cer­tainly be made. The day’s dec­o­ra­tive choices, sen­ti­men­tal touches and cer­e­mo­nial de­ci­sions — all will be scru­ti­nized.

Learn how tra­di­tions of the dress, ring and flow­ers and date have evolved at thes­­als

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