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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.