The Queen's formal consent to Prince Harry's upcoming marriage to Meghan Markle has been released.
With just days until the pair walk down the aisle, Buckingham Palace released the first images of the Instrument of Consent, 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.
Under the Royal Marriages Act 1772, all descendants of George II must obtain the sovereign's agreement before they wed, otherwise the marriage is invalid.
“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 document reads.
The Instrument of Consent will be presented to the happy couple after their wedding on May 19.
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