The royal wedding invitations have officially been released! Kensington Palace just tweeted a photo of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's paper suite, designed and printed by Barnard & Westwood. The elegant suite features the three-feathered badge of the Prince of Wales (Prince Charles' title!) and was printed on thick beveled paper, complete with gilded edges.
"@BarnardWestwood have been making Royal invitations since 1985, and Managing Director Austen Kopley said that he was thrilled and honoured to be making them," one tweet read. Another post shows Lottie Small, who recently completed an apprenticeship with Barnard & Westwood, printing the invitations on a machine from the 1930s. Kensington Palace also revealed that the invitations are symbols of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's impending union. They were created using "American ink on English card"—a metaphor for American Meghan Markle and English Prince Harry's marriage.
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
According to the Washington Post, the invitations were just recently dispatched. Roughly 600 people have been invited to both the May 19 ceremony and ensuing lunchtime reception, which will be hosted by Queen Elizabeth at St. George's Hall. Later in the evening, some 200 of those guests will attend a private reception given by Prince Charles.
While the Royal Family has yet to reveal the official guest list, we do know that the total tally will be a lot higher. In addition to the 600 that can expect an invitation in their mailboxes in the upcoming week, the Royal Family revealed earlier this month that over 2,500 more lucky guests will be invited to the grounds of Windsor Castle the morning of the wedding. "[Prince Harry and Meghan Markle] want their wedding day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations too," read the statement.