Weddings are exciting and Royal weddings are the best of its kind. With the Queen of England still being in power, the Royal weddings of England attract tourists from all over the world. But are you aware of the traditions of an English Royal Wedding?
Here take a look to 5 interesting Royal traditions for every Royal wedding,
1. The Royal Marriages Act of 1772
Royal weddings come with royal restrictions. According to the Royal Marriages Act of 1772, all royal descendants need to seek the sovereign's approval for marriage. In fact, the 1701 Act of Settlement prohibited royals from marrying Catholics. However, the law isn't so strict anymore and since 2011, royals are allowed to marry a Catholic but with the condition that they must remain loyal to the Church of England.
2. The Traditional Venue of Chapel Royal at St. James Palace
One of the most traditional sites to host a royal ceremony in the Chapel Royal, which refers not to a building but to a distinct body of priests and singers who explicitly serve the spiritual needs of the sovereign, at St. James Palace. It had been the venue for the wedding of several royals including Queen Anne (1683), George III (1761), George IV (1795), Queen Victoria (1840), and George V (1893). It was also the venue for the wedding of Prince William and Duchess Catherine Middleton.
3. Arriving in a Traditional Carriage
Traditionally, most royal brides arrive at their wedding in horse-drawn regal style cart. However, Kate, wife of Prince William, arrived at Westminster Abbey, with her father, for her wedding in a car. She had selected Queen's Rolls Royce Phantom for its large windows allowing onlookers the best view of the royal bride. After their marriage, Kate and Will departed the ceremony in the same carriage that transported Charles and Diana, a 1902 State Landau originally made for the coronation of Edward. Let's see what choice goes well with Prince Harry and Megan Markel, who are soon to take up wedding vows.
4. The Significance of Myrtle in the Bride's Bouquet of Flowers
Along with the wedding gown, the tiara, and the ring, and the bouquet that the bride carries on her wedding day also need perfection and has its own traditional significance. As Queen Victoria married Prince Albert in 1840, she carried myrtle—known as the herb of love—in her bouquet. After the wedding, Victoria planted a myrtle shrub in her garden at the Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. Every British royal bride since then had carried a bouquet containing the same shrub. In an act of love to honor the armed forces, Kate had left her bouquet in Westminster Abbey at the grave of the Unknown Warrior, following a tradition introduced by late Queen Mum.
5. The Royal Title
With a few exceptions, women who marry royal male successors assume their husbands' titles: The Duke and Duchess of York, the Earl, and Countess of Wessex, etc. The most notable exception is, of course, Camilla, who adopted the title Duchess of Cornwall instead of the Princess of Wales out of respect for the late Princess Diana. If Prince Charles becomes King, Camilla will be the Princess Consort, not Queen Camilla. However, Catherine took the title of Her Royal Highness Duchess of Cambridge.