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The ‘Instrument of Consent’

(CNN) — An image of Queen Elizabeth II’s elaborate notice of consent to the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was released Saturday.

Markle and the prince plan to marry next Saturday in St. George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle, about 20 miles (32 km) west of central London.

Known as the “Instrument of Consent,” the document in which the Queen officially recognizes the marriage is “hand-written and illuminated on vellum by one of a panel of scrivener artists retained by the Crown Office,” according to a statement from Buckingham Palace.

The notice’s intricate design includes a red dragon, the heraldic symbol of Wales, and the floral emblems for England, Scotland and Northern Ireland: the rose, thistle and shamrock. It also includes two golden poppies, the official flower of Markle’s home state of California.

“The Instrument of Consent is sealed with the Great Seal of the Realm, which is attached to the foot of the document by woven cords sealed within the Great Seal itself,” according to the statement.

“The Queen’s signature, ‘Elizabeth R,’ can be seen at the top right of the document, which will be presented to Prince Harry and Ms. Markle after the wedding.”

Elizabeth formally gave her consent to the marriage at a meeting of the Privy Council on March 14.

The document reads: “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 Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales, K.C.V.O., and Rachel Meghan Markle.”

The letters KCVO refer to the knighthood given to Harry by the Queen and stand for Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.

The wedding is scheduled to take place in the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world and an official residence of the Queen, who spends most of her weekends there.

After the wedding, the couple plans to leave Windsor Castle in a carriage for a roughly two-mile procession, traveling along the High Street through the town of Windsor before returning to the castle by the Long Walk, according to the Palace.

The couple and guests will later attend a reception hosted by the Queen at St. George’s Hall in the castle grounds, bringing the public aspects of the day to a close.

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Prince Philip undergoes Hip Surgery

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KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 21: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive at King's Lynn Station on December 21, 2017 in King's Lynn, England ahead of their Christmas break at Sandringham. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (Picture: Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)

Prince Philip will today undergo a planned operation on his hip, after being admitted to hospital on Tuesday 3 April.It follows the Duke Of Edinburgh cancelling a number of planned appearances in recent weeks, including the Easter Maundy service, an Easter Sunday service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor and a ceremony at Windsor Castle to formally hand over his role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards to his son, Prince Andrew.The Duke of Edinburgh retired from public life last August, although he has appeared alongside the Queen at several events.

Proud Prince William plays down Prince Albert website gaffe insisting royal baby name is undecided — Metro

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Prince William and Kate Middleton have still not revealed the name of their third child (Picture: PA)Prince William has played down the growing rumours that he and Kate Middleton have named their son Albert. On Thursday, eagle-eyed royal fans spotted a page on the royal family website that appears to have been made especially for…

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Prince William and Kate Middleton have still not revealed the name of their third child (Picture: PA)

Prince William has played down the growing rumours that he and Kate Middleton have named their son Albert.

On Thursday, eagle-eyed royal fans spotted a page on the royal family website that appears to have been made especially for a Prince Albert.

It led to frenzied excitement that the so-called gaffe meant Albert was definitely the name the couple had chosen for their son.

But Wills shrugged this off on Thursday night, insisting he and Kate are still ‘working on’ their son’s name.

CHOGM: Britain urges Commonwealth to tackle plastic waste, Queen tips Charles as successor

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CHOGM: Britain urges Commonwealth to tackle plastic waste, Queen tips Charles as successor

 

London – Plastic straws, drink stirrers and cotton buds could soon be banned in England as part of a push to slash plastic waste, and Australia is being urged to take action too.

Key points:

  • An estimated 8.5 billion plastic straws are thrown away each year in the UK
  • Mrs May urged all nations attending the gathering to follow the UK’s lead
  • Queen Elizabeth II said it was her “sincere wish” that Prince Charles succeed her as head of the Commonwealth

UK Prime Minister Theresa May said plastic waste was “one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world” and one her country was determined to tackle.

It’s estimated some 8.5 billion plastic straws are thrown away each year in the United Kingdom and many of them end up in rivers or the sea.

Cotton buds, which are often flushed into the sewerage system, are small enough to be eaten by some birds and fish.

Environmental lobby groups have long campaigned for retailers to phase out non-recyclable plastic products.

Consultation on the possible ban will begin later in the year and there are reports suggesting it could be introduced as early as 2019.

The announcement was made ahead of the formal opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London.

Mrs May urged all nations attending the gathering, including Australia, to follow the UK’s lead and take action to reduce the number single use plastic products.

“Protecting the marine environment is central to our agenda at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting”, she said.

“Together we can effect real change so that future generations can enjoy a natural environment that is healthier than we currently find it”.

The Queen hopes Prince Charles will lead Commonwealth

Queen Elizabeth II welcomed the 53 Commonwealth leaders, when she formally opened the biennial meeting at Buckingham Palace in London.

It was a significant moment because it’s likely to be Her Majesty’s final CHOGM meeting.

Due to her age, she no longer travels long distances and the summit is unlikely to return to London for some time.

The Queen said the Commonwealth was “one of the world’s great convening powers” and significantly said it was her “sincere wish” that “the Prince of Wales should carry on the important work started by my father in 1949”.

The position of head of the Commonwealth is not hereditary and there is likely to be a discussion — and possibly a decision — tomorrow about whether Prince Charles should succeed her.

Many commentators credit the Queen with ensuring the Commonwealth has continued throughout her long reign.

The Royal Family is playing a relatively high profile role at this summit with Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry attending public events.

Prince Harry’s bride-to-be Meghan Markle has also been included in the summit, which is unusual for someone not yet fully part of the Royal Family.

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