The Queen’s historic formal consent to Prince William’s forthcoming marriage to Kate Middleton was unveiled today.
Under the Great Seal of the Realm, she signed an elaborate notice of approval which proclaimed, in transcribed calligraphy, 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.
Tied to the bottom of the approval by gold braiding is a large red wax Great Seal of the Realm.
William had to ask his grandmother’s consent to marry because of a law dating from the 18th century.
Signed, sealed, delivered: Queen’s formal consent for marriage of ‘beloved’ William and ‘trusty’ Kate is unveiled.
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