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Queen gives royal consent for Harry, Markle wedding

Press Trust of India  |  London 

Britain's has given her official of approval for grandson to marry his American fiancee

released the ornate 'Instrument of Consent' today to mark nearly a week before the couple are to be married at in Castle next Saturday.

The document, signed by the 92-year-old monarch earlier, incorporates some symbols of onto traditional vellum to represent the bride's origins. The first six people in line to the British throne must seek the Queen's formal approval to marry, without which the sixth in line would have been disqualified from the line of succession.

"Now know ye that we have consented and do by these presents signify our consent to the contracting of matrimony between our most dearly beloved grandson Albert David of Wales KCVO and Rachel Meghan Markle," the instrument reads.

It also includes a Commonwealth emblem, reflecting the couple's commitment as of the 53-nation organisation including

The Instrument of Consent began after the UK's Royal Marriages Act of 1772. It required descendants of II to get the sovereign's consent before they wed, otherwise their marriages would be invalid. It reportedly came in after III's younger brother, the Duke of Cumberland, secretly married Lady Anne Horton, deemed to be the highly disreputable widow of a commoner.

The law was replaced with the more recent Succession to the Crown Act 2013, which allows a member of the British royal family to marry a Roman Catholic but a Roman Catholic cannot become or The act also removed male bias from the line of succession.

With the birth of Prince Louis, the Duke and of Cambridge's third child last month, is now sixth-in-line to the British throne after his father Prince Charles, brother Prince William, and nephew Prince and niece

Meanwhile, wedding preparations are on in full swing with thousands of royal fans and well-wishers expected to descend upon the town of next weekend.

has announced that American Most Reverend Michael Curry, the of the Episcopal Church, will be part of the wedding ceremony next Saturday. The choice of an American pastor marks a break from custom as traditionally addresses at royal weddings are given by senior clergy from the Church of England.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the of the Church of England and of the Anglican Communion, will conduct the wedding service. He also presided over Markle's baptism as an Anglican at a ceremony at in March.

Harry, 33, and Markle, 36, are set for a very different kind of royal wedding, asking guests to consider donations to their chosen charities in place of showering them with wedding gifts. Among their chosen charities is the Myna Mahila Foundation, an organisation that works with women in Mumbai's slums to provide them with employment opportunities.

However, there are some reports that they also have a secret wedding list for gifts from the exclusive where the couple met on a blind date. That list is only for their inner circle of friends and family to choose a present from the club chain's high-end catalogue.

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First Published: Sun, May 13 2018. 17:40 IST