Buckingham Palace reveals Queen’s consent for Harry wedding
Britain got a glimpse at Queen Elizabeth II’s elaborate formal consent for her grandson Prince Harry’s marriage to Meghan Markle, a week ahead of the wedding ceremony.
The Instrument of Consent, intricately hand-written on vellum and illuminated with decorations, sets out the monarch’s approval for the union, which is required in law.
Harry is sixth in line to the throne and the first six need the sovereign’s permission to marry, otherwise they and their descendants are disqualified from inheriting the crown. Buckingham Palace released pictures of the document, which Queen Elizabeth signed in March. In her Elizabeth R signature at the top, the the R stands for regina, the Latin for queen. The instrument is written using the “royal we”, or majestic plural. It states: “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 KCVO and Rachel Meghan Markle.” (AFP)