How Prince Harry, Meghan Markle’s Wedding Invite Differs From Prince William, Kate Middleton’s

On Thursday morning, the official Twitter account for Kensington Palace tweeted a series of images and videos showcasing the invitations for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Anyone prestigious enough to get invited to the next royal wedding will get one of these fancy cards.

The wedding will break tradition in a couple of ways, but one way it is in keeping with prior ceremonies is that the invitations were, once again, made by Barnard & Westwood. The London-based printmaker used American ink on English cards to make the invitations, which can be seen below.

Printed on thick white cards, the invites are gilded around the edges and feature the Prince of Wales’s feathered badge at the top in golden ink. While they are roughly in keeping with the general look and feel of the invites used for the wedding of Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton in 2011, Town & Country pointed out some minor, but noteworthy, differences.

First, the font is different, though not enough to be scandalous. The text’s content is where things get interesting. These invites were issued by Prince Charles rather than Queen Elizabeth II, whose name adorned the top of the 2011 invites. The use of American ink also seemed to be a nod to Markle’s nationality.

The honorific used to refer to Markle differed from the 2011 invites, as well. Markle is “Ms. Meghan Markle,” while Middleton was “Miss Catherine Middleton.” The distinction there is that Markle has been married before. Lastly, this year’s invites feature a specific dress code for women, requesting that they wear a “day dress and hat.” In 2011, the dress code was not gendered in that way.

Kensington also tweeted video of the cards being made.

The wedding will take place on on May 19. People will have to wait to see the wedding cake and rings, unfortunately.

royal couple Prince Harry and Meghan Markle unveiled wedding invites on March 22, 2018. Britain’s Prince Harry (R) and his fiancee US actress Meghan Markle attend a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in central London, on March 12, 2018. Photo: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images

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