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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have reached another milestone in their ongoing wedding preparations. This week, the royal couple sent out invitations to those lucky enough to have earned a spot on the guest list. According to the official Kensington Palace Twitter account, the invitations were made by Barnard & Westwood, a London-based printing and bookbinding company that has held a Royal Warrant to Her Majesty the Queen since 1985. The elegant invitations feature the three-feather badge of the Prince of Wales in gold on an English card with black calligraphy using American ink, a thoughtful nod to the couple's nationalities.
Upon close examination, the royal wedding invitations acknowledge the fact that Markle has been married before. The invitation reads, "the Marriage of His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales with Ms. Meghan Markle." The actress is introduced as Ms. Meghan Markle, as opposed to Miss, the bespoke stationery manager for Smythson, Ruth Baxter, pointed out to Town & Country magazine. Baxter also notes that Prince Harry's name appears before Markle's in accordance with a royal protocol that calls for the royal participant to be named first. Finally, the use of the word "with" is intentional, as the royal family traditionally favors this wording instead of the standard use of "to," which has a tendency of feeling more patriarchal, according to Baxter.
Around 600 well-connected individuals will receive invitations to the highly anticipated ceremony, followed by a lunch at St. George's Hall hosted by the Queen. Kensington Palace also shared that around 200 guests will be invited to a reception held later that evening at Frogmore House hosted by the Prince of Wales.