Weddings

These are the royal wedding traditions that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle must follow on their big day

Fruitcake isn't just for the holidays.

A royal wedding is the envy of every traditional bride. The luxe, the ceremonials, the dress, and most notably, the royals all make for a nuptial spectacle unrivaled by anything you would see on TLC. Currently, the entire world is abuzz with the upcoming royal wedding for Prince Harry of Wales and American actress Meghan Markle. There’s been talk about what will take place in the ceremony and what Markle has to do in order to officially be accepted into the royal family, which begs the question: what must one do when getting married to a royal or even getting married as a royal?

1.The couple must ask for the Queen’s blessing.

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[Image description: Queen Elizabeth II looking off into the distance with a serious expression. Image source: Flickr]
According to the Royal Marriages Act of 1772, all royal descendants must ask the ruling King or Queen for their blessing before getting engaged.

2. Royals can’t marry Catholics.

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Image description: inside of a Catholic church before the beginning of a service. Image source: Wikimedia Commons]

The 1701 Act of Settlement says that royals cannot marry Catholics, but may marry someone who practices a different religion or even an atheist.

3. Engagements must be formally announced.

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[Image Description: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a Christmas Day church service. Image source: Wikimedia Commons]
When the engagement is finally announced, journalists are invited to take pictures and interview the couple and there’s typically a television interview that follows.

4. The bride’s bouquet needs to have a sprig of myrtle.

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[Image description: a myrtle flower on a small branch. Image via Wikimedia Commons]
Cut from the bush that belonged to Queen Victoria who started the tradition, this “herb of love” has been in every royal bride’s bouquet since.

5. The wedding cake has to be fruitcake.

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[Image description: A slice of fruitcake on a bright red plate. Image source: Wikimedia Commons]
Tradition is tradition, I guess, but no worries. The royal couple will have additional cakes made to their personal preferences.

6. The bride places her bouquet on the grave of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey.

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[Image Description: The tomb of the unknown warrior lined with red flowers. A wreath of roses sits in front of it. Image source: Wikimedia Commons]
This was started by Queen Elizabeth and every bride has done the same since.

7. Pieces of the official wedding cake are mailed out as a thank you.

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[Image Description: a birds-eye view of a brown cake with intricate lace details. There are three big, red roses on top of the cake and petals alongside it. Image source: Pexels]
Usually getting a piece of fruitcake in the mail would seem weird, but if it comes from the royal couple, it’s a prize among prizes.

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Jasmyne Ray

Jasmyne Ray

Senior Mass Communication major and Public Relations minor at the University of Montevallo and a strong advocate for mental health awareness. Believes that being surrounded by people from different walks of life provides unique opportunities to learn and understand one another.

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