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On May 12, Buckingham Palace shared an image of the Instrument of Consent, the hand-written document which details Queen Elizabeth's approval of her grandson's marriage to the American actress. The document will be given to the newlyweds after their wedding. "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 consent reads.

According to the Palace, "the Instrument of Consent is drafted by the Crown Office and is, in the case of Prince Harry's marriage, hand-written and illuminated on vellum by one of a panel of scrivener artists retained by the Crown Office. Vellum is used only for important State documents."

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