As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle prepare for their big day, royal watchers are finally getting a sneak peek at their wedding invitations – and they are stunning! Kensington Palace officially released a photo on their Twitter account, showing off the sophisticated cards made by Barnard and Westwood, a printing press in London.
The process of printing these elegant designs is steeped in royal history, a beautiful way to commemorate Meghan and Harry’s wedding, one that's sure to go down in history as one of the most highly anticipated unions. Along with the tweet, the palace wrote, “Lottie Small, who recently completed her apprenticeship, printed all of the invitations in a process known as die stamping, on a machine from the 1930s that she affectionately named Maude.”
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
The invites were made using American ink on English paper, a subtle symbol of the Los Angeles native uniting with her British beau. The palace also shared an interesting video of Lottie making the invitations, writing, “The invitations are printed in gold and black, then burnished to bring out the shine, and gilded around the edge.”
Using American ink on English card, the invitations are printed in gold and black, then burnished to bring out the shine, and gilded around the edge. pic.twitter.com/gQpC6tDot0— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 22, 2018
The company has been making invitations for the Royal Family since 1985 and, of course, managing director Austen Kopley gushed that he was thrilled to be making them for Meghan and Harry, too. And as excitement continues to build leading up to the wedding day, Kensington Palace has also announced that a lunch, hosted by the Queen, will take place after the wedding service at St. George’s Chapel. Then, the married couple will invite 200 guests for a private reception at Frogmore House with the groom's father Prince Charles taking on hosting duties.
For the Suits alum’s big day, Meghan certainly wants her former co-stars with her! Earlier this month, a source revealed to Hello! that “the cast has been contacted in regards to invites from Kensington Palace.” On top of star-studded appearances from Quantico star Priyanka Chopra and tennis champ Serena Williams, this is bound to be a royal wedding for the books.