Now that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are engaged, here is a list of the most important Royal Wedding traditions that you need to know.
Most traditional site for a royal ceremony
The Chapel Royal at St. James Palace is the most common one, it housed the weddings of Queen Anne (1683), George III (1761), George IV (1795), Queen Victoria (1840) and George V (1893). More recent royal couples have since outgrown the small chapel, which seats 100, as the ceremonies have become more of a public spectacle. Westminster Abbey has been the chosen one since the wedding of Princess Patricia of Connaught (1919), after that, King George V’s daughter Mary (1922), Queen Elizabeth’s parents (1923), the Queen’s own wedding in 1947 and Kate and William’s in 2011.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding will take place at St. Georges Chapel, Windsor Castle.
The 1701 Act of Settlement and The Royal Marriages Act of 1772.
The Royals are the head of the Church of England, which is a Protestant Anglican church. The goal of the Act is to keep the Protestant heritage alive and well. Royals may legally wed an atheist or someone of any faith other than Roman Catholicism. Merkle will be baptized into the Church of England before the wedding. The Royal Marriages Act of 1772 requires all royal descendants to seek the sovereign’s approval for marriage.
The groom’s outfit has to be a military uniform
This tradition dates back to Prince Albert. Prince Harry served in the army for ten years, rising to the rank of Capitan and undertaking two tours of Afghanistan, so we can expect to see him in a military outfit as the tradition dictates. Prince William wore a red uniform from the Irish Guards and Charles wore his full dress naval commander uniform for his wedding with Princess Diana.
4. Brides wear white
Brides wearing a white wedding dress was a trend Queen Victoria actually started at her own wedding with Prince Albert. Now that is the big question. What is Meghan Markle going to wear? Simple and elegant? With lace and detail? From a British designer? Long sleeves? We will have to wait and see in March 2018!
Queen Victoria carried myrtle in her bouquet (the herb of love). After the wedding, she planted a myrtle shrub in her garden at the Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. Ever since all British royal bride has carried a bouquet containing a spring plucked from the same shrub.
Another tradition is that the bride always leaves her bouquet at the grave of the “Unknown Warrior…” a spot in Westminster Abbey where all brides since the late Queen Mother have left their bouquets following the wedding.
The Royals don’t wear wedding rings.
It is customary for the Royals not to wear a wedding ring. Both Philip and William have adhered to, however, Charles wore his wedding ring throughout his and Diana’s marriage until 2005.
The Royal family always sit on the right-hand side of the church.
As protocol holds it, The Royal Family sits on the right-side of the wedding venue, unless the groom is not royal, in which case they sit on the left.
Two cakes are served
The Royal Wedding typically include two cakes, and the usual norm is a fruitcake. Kate and Prince William went for a chocolate cake as one of their wedding day desserts.
Thank you for reading,
The GWM Team