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The Queen Officially Gives Consent to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Upcoming Marriage

Harry meghan queenBritain's Prince Harry (R) and his fiancee US actress Meghan Markle attend a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in central London, on March 12, 2018. (Credit: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

To grandmother’s house they go. Queen Elizabeth II officially and formally gave her consent this week for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to marry.

The official letter was presented on Wednesday, March 14, at the Court of Buckingham Palace. In it, the Queen addressed her “Lords” as a measure of formality.

“I declare my consent to a contract of matrimony between my most dearly beloved grandson Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales and Rachel Meghan Markle,” she expressed, “which consent I am causing to be signified under the Great Seal and to be entered in the Books of the Privy Council.”

Leading up to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s April 2011 wedding, the Queen, meanwhile, released her letter of consent just one week ahead of the nuptials. Th  formality is a law that has been enacted since the 16th century under the Royal Marriages Act of 1772.

The Telegraph reports that each member of the royal family must obtain the ruler’s consent leading up to marriage, otherwise the union is considered illegitimate.

Meghan and Harry will marry at the Queen’s part-time home of Windsor Castle on May 19. The Queen gave her consent just days after the former actress joined the Queen and other family members at the official Commonwealth Day festivities.

In their first joint interview together last fall, the bride expressed her deepest appreciation for Harry’s family members–particularly, the Queen. “The whole family has come together and been a huge amount of support,” she told BBC at the time. ““The love that he has for her as his grandmother… all of those layers have been so important for me. She’s an incredible woman.”

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Esther Lee
Esther Lee
Esther is the Senior News Editor at The Knot. A self-proclaimed pop culture enthusiast, she appreciates a good celebrity interview just as much as she adores Nancy Meyers movies. You can find her kicking off her mornings with barre and a green juice, traveling and exploring new cultures, and rapidly scrolling her feed for the latest and greatest news. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @theestherlee.