The anticipation is definitely building for the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Kensington Palace just amped the excitement further with the reveal of the invites to the wedding.
Kensington Palace on its official Twitter page shared a copy of the wedding invitations on Thursday. As was expected, the invites are very formal and feature dark, scripted writing and gold gilded edges. The invites feature the Three-Feathered Badge of Prince Harry printed in gold ink.
"His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, K.G., K.T. requests the pleasure of the company of ... at the Marriage of His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales with Ms. Meghan Markle at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on Saturday, 19th of May, 2018 at 12 noon followed by a Reception at Windsor Castle," reads the wedding invite.
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/cd7LBmRJxO — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 22, 2018
Prince Charles issued the invites to his son's wedding to Markle, contrary to when Prince William married Kate Middleton in 2011. At the time, it was the British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, who commanded the Lord Chamberlain to send the invites. A little background on Prince Harry and Markle's wedding invites revealed that printing was done by Lottie Small through a 1930s machine. Kensington Palace revealed that she painstakingly went through the process called die stamping using the machine she nicknamed Maude.
Lottie Small, who recently completed her apprenticeship, printed all of the invitations in a process known as die stamping, on a machine from the 1930s that she affectionately nicknamed Maude. pic.twitter.com/kWs2RFx7nN — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 22, 2018
The invitations follow many years of royal tradition and have been made by Barnard Westwood, who has been making royal invites since 1985. Managing Director Austen Kopley assisted with the process and said that he was thrilled and honored to be making the invitations.
Using American ink on English card, the invitations are printed in gold and black, then burnished to bring out the shine, and gilded around the edge. pic.twitter.com/gQpC6tDot0 — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 22, 2018
There are some interesting details on Prince Harry and Markle's wedding invites. For starters, the former Suits star is referred to as Ms. instead of Miss, contrary to Middleton, who was referred to as Miss in her wedding invite. This supposedly indicates that this is Markle's second marriage, according to Ruth Baxter, the stationary manager for Smythson, a British brand that makes stationary for Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, and Prince Philip.
Another detail is the RSVP on the invites. Whereas Prince William and Middleton used fax as their save-the-dates, Prince Harry and Markle are more tech-savvy. The blurred out wording on their wedding invite reveals that they prefer to receive emails for the RSVP to either the Lord Chamberlain's officer or firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. George's Chapel can accommodate 800 guests. Approximately 600 guests have been invited to Prince Harry and Markle's wedding, and 200 of which are invited to an evening reception at Frogmore House hosted by the Prince of Wales.