"Now Know Ye": Queen gives formal consent to royal wedding

Reading "Now know ye", the hand-written Instrument of Consent carries the Queen's signature, "Elizabeth R" and is sealed with the Great Seal of the Realm which is attached to the foot of the document by woven cords.

Michael Bruce Curry, the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, has been chosen to give the address at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding.

Under British law, the first six people in the line of succession to the throne must obtain the queen's permission to Wednesday.

The photographs were taken in the 18th Century Room at Buckingham Palace.

According to the Palace, "the Instrument of Consent is drafted by the Crown Office and is, in the case of Prince Harry's marriage, hand-written and illuminated on vellum by one of a panel of scrivener artists retained by the Crown Office". Vellum, a fine parchment made from calf skin, is used only for important State documents.

The design to the left of the text incorporates the red dragon of Wales along with the UK's floral emblems. The design to the right features a rose, the national flower of the United States.

While news has just been reported of the move, it looks like the renovations have been taking place since 2017, with its former residents, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, reportedly moving out previous year to free up the abode for Harry and Meghan.

Indeed, Rihanna and Prince Harry did meet during his visit to Barbados in November 2016, when the pair took HIV tests together to raise awareness on World AIDS Day, People reports.

Beneath that are olive branches, which were adopted from the Great Seal of the United States.

The American will gain her new regal title after the Queen is expected to grant the title of the Dukedom of Sussex on Harry. A close friend of the former actress has described Meghan as "warm" and "not formal", describing how she often hugs her staff at Kensington Palace.

  • Wendy Palmer