Kensington Palace has announced more information on the Royal Wedding in the past few days. In this post, you can read everything about the latest updates.
The Adress – Prince Harry and Meghan have asked that The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry, the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, give the address at their wedding. Mr. Bruce is a Bishop from Chicago, USA, which is of course Meghan’s home country. Presiding Bishop Curry will join The Dean of Windsor, The Rt. Revd. David Conner, who will conduct the Service. The Most Revd. and Rt. Hon. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, will officiate as the couple make their marriage vows.
The Instrument of Consent – Buckingham Palace published the official Instrument of Consent for the wedding on Saturday. In this document, Her Majesty the Queen officially gives her permission for the marriage. The Instrument of Consent is drafted by the Crown Office and is, in this special case, hand-written and illuminated on vellum. Vellum is used only for important State documents. The design of the beautiful document incorporates both UK and American elements, such as the floral emblems of the UK (rose, thistle and shamrock), the red dragon of Wales, family arms from the Royal Family and the Spencer Family, the national flower of the USA (a rose) and the state flower of California (golden poppies).
Kitchen preperations – Since today, the preperations in the kitchens at Windsor Castle have started. Head Chef Mark Flanagan will oversee the preperation of the food for the wedding reception, which will take place in Windsor Castle after the ceremony. Kensington Palace said that the bride and the groom have been very much involved with the process of choosing the menu, which will include lots of British seasonal products.
‘The Night Before’ – Kensington Palace also announced that Prince Harry and Meghan will stay at seperate hotels near Windsor. Harry will stay at the Cowarth Park Hotel with Prince William, his Best Man. Meghan and her mother Doria Ragland will stay at Cliveden House Hotel. on the National Trust’s Cliveden Estate. Both Cowarth Park and Cliveden House are five-star hotels.
The first official engagement – Futhermore, we now know what the new Duke and Duchess’s first engagement as a married couple will be: they will attend the Prince of Wales’ 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration in the Gardens of Buckingham Palace on 22 May, just three days after the wedding. The couple will be joined by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. Over 6000 people will be attending it from 386 of The Prince of Wales’ patronages, and 20 of The Prince’s military affiliations will be represented. This Garden Party is not one of the annual Garden Parties held by the Queen at Buckingham Palace, but a special one for the Prince’s birthday in November.
We will have a lot of final updates on the Royal Wedding over the course of this week. We are expecting to hear more on who will be in the bridal party, the floral decorations in the church, and the wedding cake. Furthermore, Meghan’s family, close friends and former colleagues will be arriving in the UK this week.