Queen Elizabeth gives consent for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's marriage

Queen Elizabeth gives consent for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's marriage

Queen Elizabeth has given Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's upcoming wedding her blessing.

Pictures have been released of the Instrument of Consent, an elaborate notice of approval, in which the Queen agrees that Prince Harry can marry Meghan Markle. The design to the right features a rose, the national flower of the United States.

Harry was fifth in line to the throne when he got engaged, but is now sixth due to the birth of Prince Louis.

This rare document, signed by the Queen, underlines just how important the organisation is to her, her grandson and her soon to be granddaughter in law.

Britain's Prince Harry stands with his fiancée U.S. actress Meghan Markle as she shows off her engagement ring while they pose for a photograph in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in west London on 27 November 2017 following the announcement of their engagement.

Harry and Meghan will marry come May 19. As without Queen's consent, Prince Harry would have been disqualified from the line of succession.

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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.

There are also olive branches, like those in the Great Seal of the US.

Prince Harry, the sixth in line to the throne, and Markle, best known for her role in US TV drama "Suits", are due to marry next Saturday at Windsor Castle, home to kings and queens for almost 1,000 years.

Kensington Palace said the Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry would join Justin Welby, the spiritual head of the Anglican communion, for the wedding which is expected to be watched by millions of people around the world. Starting on Monday we will look back on previous Royal Weddings through the years.

Meghan Markle's half-sister Samantha Grant will definitely not be receiving an invite to the Royal wedding on Saturday after threatening to write a tell-all book about the actress entitled Princess Pushy.

A week is left for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's royal wedding.

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