Signed and sealed: Queen's gives consent to Harry's marriage

The Queen has officially given her consent for Prince Harry to marry Meghan Markle with the release of the Instrument of Consent document.

That's the weather forecast Britain's Met Office has offered for Saturday in Windsor, England, where Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle are having their wedding. To the left of the text is a red dragon, the heraldic symbol of Wales, together with the UK's floral emblems-the rose, thistle and shamrock. Each include a rose because it's the national flower of the United States and both also feature Harry's Label. Harry falls under this category since he is sixth in line for the throne, behind his father Prince Charles, brother Prince William, nephew Prince George, niece, Princess Charlotte, and newborn nephew Prince Louis.

A detail of the "Instrument of Consent", Queen Elizabeth's formal consent to Prince Harry's forthcoming marriage to Meghan Markle.

The illustrations on an Instrument of Consent are always linked to the people involved in it and when the same document was produced in April 2011 for the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Commonwealth flag wasn't incorporated. As without Queen's consent, Prince Harry would have been disqualified from the line of succession. Beneath the Label are olive branches, adopted from the Great Seal of the United States.

With celebrities expected to join the queen and senior royals for the ceremony and reception, thousands of journalists from across the globe will descend on the picturesque town of Windsor.

Also, Kensington Palace announced that Bishop Michael Bruce Curry - from Chicago, Illinois - will give the address at their wedding.

Buckingham Palace shared an image of the handwritten document on Saturday, May 12. The Queen even took the unusual step of inviting the actress to spend Christmas with the family before she and Harry had Wednesday - something she didn't even allow for Prince William and Catherine. Founded in 1846, AP has covered all the major news events of the past 165 years, providing high-quality, informed reporting of everything from wars and elections to championship games and royal weddings.

  • Tracy Klein