Earlier today, Buckingham Palace shared an image of the Instrument of Consent, the hand-written document which records Her Majesty The Queen's consent to the Marriage of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle. Buckingham Palace also wrote on their website, "Her Majesty formally gave her consent to the marriage of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle in accordance with the 2013 Succession to the Crown Act by making Her Declaration at the meeting of the Privy Council on the 14th March 2018."
“NOW KNOW YE that We have consented and do by these Presents signify Our Consent to the contracting of Matrimony between Our Most Dearly Beloved Grandson Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales, K.C.V.O., and Rachel Meghan Markle,” the important document reads.
Prince Harry, who is sixth in line to the throne, must obtain official permission from The Queen to marry under the Succession to the Crown Act.
According to Buckingham Palace, the letter of consent, which was drafted by the Crown Office and is hand-written and illuminated on vellum by a scrivener from the Crown Office. The Instrument has a handful of symbolic designs, including a red dragon (which is the heraldic symbol of Wales) along with the United Kingdom's floral emblems – the rose, thistle and shamrock. It also includes Prince Harry’s Label, which features three tiny red escallops from the Spencer family Arms.
The design also includes the national flower of the United States, a rose surrounded by two poppies (the state flower of California, where Markle was born.) Beneath Prince Harry's Label are olive branches, which are adopted from the Great Seal of the United States.
The document is officially sealed by the Great Seal of the Realm, which is attached along with by woven cords. The Queen's signature, "Elizabeth R," can be seen at the top of the document. The Instrument of Consent will be officially presented to the newlyweds following their nuptials next weekend.