The invites for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are currently at the printers, almost ready to be sent out to the hundreds of guests that will attend.
Images released today show the workshop of royal warrant holders, Barnard Westwood, in King’s Cross, printing the invites for friends, family and associates to watch Harry and Meghan tie the knot a Windsor Castle.
The company is a ‘100% employee-owned fine printers and bookbinders’, with warrants from both The Queen – given in 1985 – and Prince Charles.
American ink has been used on English card, a subtle nod to the couple, and the invitations are printed in gold and black. They are then burnished to bring out the shine and gilded around the edge, adding that royal sparkle.
They also feature The Prince of Wales’ three feathers as he is hosting the occasion for his son.
Lottie Small, who recently completed her apprenticeship, printed the special cards, in a process known as die stamping; this was done on a machine from the 1930s that is still in use – Lottie calls the machine ‘Maude’.
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 nicknamed Maude. pic.twitter.com/kWs2RFx7nN
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Austen Kopley, MD of the company, said: “The wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle will be a truly special occasion and we are thrilled to be able to create equally special invitations for their guests.
“We are incredibly honoured to continue our longstanding work for The Royal Family, and to be involved in such an important moment for the couple and their family and friends.”
While everyone will attend the wedding breakfast in the Waterloo Chamber at the castle after the service, just 200 close friends have been invited to an after party at Frogmore House; this is where the couple also had their official engagement photos taken.
They will now be taken to the palace, with recipients’ names added before sending them out.
Dress code dictates ‘military uniform, morning coat or lounge suit [suit and tie]’, meaning we will probably see the Prince in his military uniform: either that of the Blues and Royals (seen at Prince William’s wedding) or his new appointment, the Royal Marines.
Some 1200 members of the public, plus 1200 charity affiliates, locals, schoolchildren and staff from the royal household will be allowed into the grounds at Windsor for the day, to see Prince Harry and Meghan arrive and depart on their carriage ride.