Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding invitations revealed

22 March 2018, 14:48

Invitations to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding have been sent to 600 guests, with a further 200 invited to the couple's reception.

Following the service at Windsor Castle on 19 May, all 600 guests will attend a lunchtime reception at St George's Hall, which is being given by the Queen.

The invitations, made using American ink on English card and printed by Barnard and Westwood, reveal the dress code for guests attending the ceremony is uniform, morning coat or lounge suit, or day dress with a hat.

Former soldier Prince Harry, who is now Captain General of Royal Marines, may therefore be in uniform for the ceremony.

Kensington Palace tweeted pictures and video of the printing process using a machine from the 1930s.

The invitations feature the three-feathered badge of the Harry's father Prince Charles in gold ink, with the rest of the words printed in black.

"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," the palace said.

The cards are "burnished to bring out the shine, and gilded around the edge".

Barnard and Westwood's managing director Austen Kopley said he was thrilled and honoured to be making them.

The opportunity to print the invites was given to Lottie Small, who had recently finished her apprenticeship with the printers.

She used the machine, which she nicknamed 'Maude', to print every invitation.

A further 200 guests will join the Royal couple at an evening reception at Frogmore House, about half a mile south of Windsor Castle.

A royal residence since 1792, Frogmore House is where Harry and Meghan posed for their official engagement photos.

The invitations are similar to the ones sent out for the William and Kate's wedding in 2011 - although these were in a different font and were issued with the Queen's royal cipher.

Harry and Meghan's invitations read: "His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales KG KT requests the pleasure of the company of ....... at the marriage of His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales with Ms Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on Saturday 19th May, 2018 at 12 noon followed by a reception at Windsor Castle."

On Tuesday, it was revealed the couple's wedding cake would be made by a bakery in Hackney, east London.

Kensington Palace said Ms Markle and Prince Harry chose American Claire Ptak to create their wedding cake, which will be lemon and elderflower.

They asked Ms Ptak to incorporate the "bright flavours of spring".