A royal wedding is anything but a simple affair, and Meghan Markle’s wedding to Prince Harry will be no exception. To start, there are the traditions that must come long before the wedding day, and the strict protocols and traditions the pair will have to adhere to on the day-of, and all the rules and responsibilities that will come immediately after the pair say “I do.” To get you prepped for the wedding of the year, we’re bringing you 20 non-negotiable rules Meghan, her royal groom, and their guests will have to follow on the big day!
The Queen must give her permission
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The couple must make an engagement announcement
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Meghan won’t be sending out any wedding invitations
A traditional wedding portrait is expected
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The royal portrait will likely take place at Buckingham Palace
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Royal brides must wear a tiara
There’s tradition behind the bouquet
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The royal bouquet must include one special element
Meghan’s ring will follow tradition – but don’t expect to see Prince Harry wearing his after the wedding day
Another custom being that men of aristocratic background do not typically wear their wedding rings; a tradition Prince William has followed and one we are curious to see Prince Harry’s position on after the wedding.
Meghan must take on the accompanying title to her groom
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The wedding party traditionally consists of children
You might also recall that Prince William skipped tradition on this one as well, electing his brother to be his “best man” in place of a “sponsor” – a sweet gesture we are betting Harry will be repeating at his own wedding come May.
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Ceremonial seating arrangements are pre-determined
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Meghan and Harry must each follow the expected dress code
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The couple will likely have two receptions, and two cakes
Meghan’s royal in-laws will be footing the bill
The wedding venue must be traditional
Once married, Meghan must not get involved in politics
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