Royal Wedding Consent
The official Royal Wedding ‘Instrument of Consent’ was released on Maundy Thursday, an occasion that coincided with the Queen’s 85th birthday. The Queen signed a notice of approval which gave her formal consent to the union of “Our Most Dearly Beloved Grandson Prince William Arthur Philip Louis of Wales, K.G. and Our Trusty and Well-beloved Catherine Elizabeth Middleton”.
The Instrument of Consent is a statutory requirement as laid out by the Royal Marriages Act of 1772. The Act states that all descendants of George II must obtain the Sovereign’s consent before they marry.
The elaborate document features decorative artwork designed to represent the bride and groom. A gold cipher of William and Catherine’s entwined initials sit below a white lily, chosen to represents the feast day of St Catherine of Siena, which is held on the 29 April each year. A Welsh leak supported by the Prince’s three pronged white label, donates William as second in line to the throne and a red escallop, from the Spencer family Arms, represents William’s late mother Princess Diana.
The consent is sealed with the red wax of the Great Seal of the Realm. This method was traditionally used to prevent forgery and as proof of a Monarch’s consent. The seal used today was created in 2001 for Queen Elizabeth II.