Today in St. George’s Chapel , Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will stand in front of millions to say their vows, officiated by The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby – but what will they be called?
This morning, Kensington Palace confirmed the Order of Service, and the Dean of Windsor will call Harry and Meghan by their given names.
He will say: “In the presence of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we have come together to witness the marriage of HENRY CHARLES ALBERT DAVID and RACHEL MEGHAN.”
It’s a well-known fact that Meghan is in fact not Meghan Markle’s legal first time.
Instead, the bride-to-be is called Rachel Meghan Markle, and prefers to go by her middle name publicly.
Similarly, Harry’s real name is Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales.
The invitations follow many years of Royal tradition and have been made by @BarnardWestwood. They feature the Three-Feathered Badge of the Prince of Wales printed in gold ink. pic.twitter.com/cd7LBmRJxO
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 22, 2018
In all statements given by Kensington Palace in the lead up to the wedding, Meghan has been titled simply ‘Ms. Meghan Markle’, including on the wedding invitations.
However, the Queen used her given name, Rachel, in her official consent letter, which gave a hint about the Order of Service.
The letter read: “I declare My Consent to a Contract of Matrimony between My Most Dearly Beloved Grandson Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales and Rachel Meghan Markle, which Consent I am causing to be signified under the Great Seal and to be entered in the Books of the Privy Council”.
— Emily Nash (@emynash) March 15, 2018
It’s worth nothing she also called Harry ‘Henry’.
The same was the case for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at their 2011 nuptials.
During their marriage – where Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, conducted the vows – Kate was simply called ‘Catherine Elizabeth’ while William was called ‘William Arthur Philip Louis’.
Both went by their official titles.
Despite Meghan never using her given name, the bride-to-be hasn’t yet legally changed it (though she might after the wedding).
Where ‘normal’ brides would have the choice in which name they would like to use in their ceremony, a royal wedding is obviously a far more formal occasion.
This is why Meghan was likely to have been named Meghan during her wedding to film producer Trevor Engelson back in 2011.
We can’t wait to hear them say their vows at St. George’s Chapel today.
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