Break out those fascinators and top hats!
Kensington Palace unveiled the invitations for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding earlier today on Twitter and broke the news on two swanky soirees that will be held in honor of the couple:
“Invitations to the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have been issued in the name of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. Guests have been invited to the service at St George’s Chapel and to the lunchtime reception at St George’s Hall, which is being given by Her Majesty The Queen. Later that evening, around 200 guests are being invited to the reception at Frogmore House given by The Prince of Wales.”
An unspecified number of guests will be invited to the lunchtime reception, but we do know what they’ll be wearing. The dress code for the wedding is very specific. Men must wear “uniform, morning coat, or lounge suits.”
This means if a gentleman is currently in the military, he may wear his uniform, but most men in attendance will be in morning coats and top hats. (According to Debrett’s, the British authority on modern etiquette, a “lounge suit” is “an expression only seen on invitations as a dress code. In conversation the terms dark suit or business suit or possibly business dress or business attire are used.”)
Women are to wear a “day dress with hat,” which can be open to interpretation and the source of some anxiety for American guests who tend to under or overdress for weddings. For the royal wedding, female guests are expected to dress conservatively in a knee-length dress with sleeves (no bare shoulders in church!) and, of course, a hat—the more outrageous the better. The Hollywood celebrities in attendance should have a field day with this one.
The evening reception is black-tie.
The invitations are suitably regal and were designed using a thick white card bordered in gold and bearing the three-feathered badge of the Prince of Wales. They were made by Barnard and Westwood, a London-based employee-owned fine printers and bookbinders. The company holds two Royal Warrants and has been making the invitations to royals weddings since 1985. The Palace described the card’s design as “using American ink on English card, the invitations are printed in gold and black, then burnished to bring out the shine, and gilded around the edge.” Fancy, no? And for more facts about the British Royals, read up on the 9 Words They Never Say.
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