AceShowbiz - Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding is fast approaching and people are now offered with the first look at their stunning wedding invitation. Unveiled on Thursday, March 22 on Kensington Palace's Twitter account, the wedding invitations feature the Three-Feathered Badge of the Prince of Wales printed in gold ink.
Alongside a picture of the royal invite, Kensington Palace wrote in the caption, "The invitations follow many years of Royal tradition and have been made by Barnard Westwood." Barnard & Westwood is the Queen's printer of choice since '85, using American ink on English cardstock.
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
According to a statement, the invitations are printed in gold and black. They are later burnished to bring out the shine, and gilded around the edge. Lottie Small, who recently completed her apprenticeship, got the honor to print all of the invitations in a process known as die stamping, on a machine from the 1930s that she affectionately nicknamed Maude.
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
Austen Kopley, Barnard & Westwood's managing director, said in a statement, "The wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle will be a truly special occasion and we are thrilled to be able to create equally special invitations for their guests. We are incredibly honored to continue our longstanding work for the Royal Family, and to be involved in such an important moment for the couple and their family and friends."
In the name of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, the Palace has sent out the invitations to around 600 guests who are expected to attend "the marriage of His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales with Ms. Meghan Markle at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on Saturday 19th May, 2018 at 12 Noon followed by a reception at Windsor Castle."
It will be followed by a private reception, which is hosted by Prince Charles at Frogmore House on the castle grounds. Around 200 guests will attend the intimate rendezvous.
More details of the upcoming royal weddings have also surfaced online. Royal expert Katie Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight that Meghan would have "something with lace" and "sleeves" for wedding dress. "Of course she's dressing for the rather inclement British weather, but more than that she's dressing for a very, very important occasion. So I think you will be probably pleasantly surprised for Meghan the 'rule breaker' when it comes to this dress. I think it's gonna tick all the right boxes: traditional, elegant, sophisticated, memorable, and fitting."
Meghan's wedding dress will undoubtedly be compared to Kate Middleton's one in her and Prince William's 2011 nuptials. However, Nicholl stated that Meghan didn't seem to try to upstage her future sister-in-law when it comes to wedding dress. "There have been reports that [Meghan's] considering spending hundreds of thousands of pounds on a wedding dress. I think that's incredibly unlikely," the author shared. "Kate Middleton's dress cost 150,000 pounds. It was her parents, Carol and Michael Middleton, who paid for that bill. I think it was very unlikely that Meghan would spend more than that and in doing so try and upstage a future queen."