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With only 58 days left until the royal wedding, Kensington Palace announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding invitations (opens in new tab) were issued today—and they are just as gorgeous as you’d expect. While the formal invites made by Barnard and Westwood—the royal family’s go-to printing company since 1985—feature a similar black, white and gold color palette as William and Kate’s wedding invitations that went out in 2011, there are a few key differences.
The invitations follow many years of Royal tradition and have been made by @BarnardWestwood. They feature the Three-Feathered Badge of the Prince of Wales printed in gold ink. pic.twitter.com/cd7LBmRJxOMarch 22, 2018
Since Prince Charles is footing the bill for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, their invites read “His Royal Highness The Princes of Wales, K.G., K.T. requests the pleasure of of the company of ____” at the top, instead of “The Lord Chamberlain is commanded by The Queen to invite _____” like William and Kate’s did.
Both invites also include crests printed in gold at the top, but Harry and Meghan’s feature the three-feathered badge of the Prince of Wales while William and Kate’s had St. Edward’s crown above the royal cypher of Queen Elizabeth II since she hosted their wedding in 2011.
In William and Kate’s invitation, the future Duchess of Cambridge was referred to as “Miss. Catherine Middleton” but Markle is called “Ms. Meghan Markle” in her invitation.
This is because Markle has already been married and divorced. Traditionally, brides are addressed on wedding invites for their first marriage as “Miss…” and referred to as “Mrs.” or “Ms.” for their second marriage, as Ruth Baxter, the bespoke stationery manager for Smythson, told Town & Country (opens in new tab).
The Dress Code
Even though Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding will be a smaller affair with only 800 guests invited instead of the 1,900 like William and Kate's, the dress code will remain the same. Both invites request that men dress in uniform, morning coat or lounge suit. However, Harry and Meghan’s also include a dress code for women of “day dress with hat” that was left out of William and Kate’s even though that was still what the female guests wore that day.
Both invitations require an RSVP to the Lord Chamberlain’s Office, but in a modern twist, Meghan and Harry are allowing guests to RSVP via email as noted at the bottom left hand corner of their invite.
While each royal wedding invitation followed a similar layout and were both printed on thick white card, Meghan and Harry opted for more of an ornate, cursive font than the one William and Kate picked.
Lyndsey Matthews is the Destination News Editor for AFAR; previously she was a Lifestyle Editor across all of Hearst Digital Media's brands, and a digital editor at Martha Stewart Weddings and Travel + Leisure.
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