Image Of Queen's Handwritten Consent To Harry's Marriage Released

The marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has the Queen's official tick of approval.

What you need to know
  • The Instrument of Consent is an official State document that records the Queen's formal consent to the upcoming nuptials
  • The first six people in line of succession to the throne must get the Queen's permission to marry
  • The document will be presented to the couple after the wedding

Buckingham Palace has released an image of the handwritten document in which the Queen gives her consent to Prince Harry to marry American Meghan Markle.

Pictures of the Instrument of Consent were taken at Buckingham Palace. The Queen's signature can be seen in the top right corner of the document. Image: Getty

The Instrument of Consent image was released on Saturday -- a week before Prince Harry is to marry the US actress in St George's Chapel in Windsor.

The document, illuminated on vellum, features a design to the left of the text that incorporates a red dragon, the symbol of Wales. The design to the right features a rose, the national flower of the US.

The "E" of the Queen's name is illuminated with a lion rampant guardant and the Royal Arms. Image: Getty
The Great Seal of the Realm is used to symbolise the Sovereign's approval of important State documents. Image: Getty

Under British law, the first six people in line of succession to the throne must obtain the Queen's permission. When Harry was engaged, he was fifth in line, but has since been bumped to sixth with the birth of Prince Louis last month.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry at Windsor Castle on May 19 in front of 600 guests.

With AAP