Royal Wedding Lingo You Need to Know Before the Big Day
While the world awaits the royal nuptials of the U.K.’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, engage yourself in our list of wedding day words you might not know.
St. George’s Chapel
The chapel at Windsor Castle where Prince Harry will marry Meghan Markle, it has been used as a place of prayer since the 15th century. It was also the site of Prince Harry’s royal christening.
The site of every British royal coronation since 1066 and 16 royal weddings. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were married here in 2011.
Short in front, longer in the back, the morning coat tapers from the waistline button to end in a vented, broad tail. Most male guests will wear a morning coat, waistcoat, tie, and striped pants to the wedding, as is British tradition. In American English, the morning coat is known as a cutaway coat.
A classic outfit of a suit, tie, and pocket square is known as a lounge suit in the U.K. This is another appropriate clothing option for male wedding guests. Those in the military are highly encouraged to wear their uniforms to the service rather than a morning coat or lounge suit.
Also called train bearers, pages hold the bride’s dress train as she makes her way down the aisle. In England, pages are traditionally a duo of young boys, anywhere from 6 to 9 years old, however, girls can be pages, too. It is a tradition at royal weddings that all pageboys and bridesmaids are children.
The Archbishop of Canterbury
The principal leader of the Church of England. The person in this role traditionally officiates royal weddings, as Justin Welby, the current Archbishop, will do at Prince Harry and Meghan Markie’s wedding. Check out these little-known facts from past royal weddings.
Barnard and Westwood
The royal family’s go-to printing company since 1985. Most recently, the company made Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding invitations, which feature the three-feathered badge of the Prince of Wales printed in gold.
A men’s formal wear accessory, the ascot is a wide, patterned scarf that gets looped beneath the chin. Fastened with a tack—or in Britain, a stick pin—ascots are often worn with wing collars under morning coats.
A silk or synthetic fabric finish that’s sheer and iridescent. As a ribbon, organza is delicate yet strong and can be wrapped around chairs and tables. It has also been a featured material in the royal wedding dresses of the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Madeleine of Sweden, and Princess Charlene of Monaco. You won’t want to miss the 18 most iconic royal wedding photos throughout history.
The interweaving of symbolic letters, usually initials, to form a monogram. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding cake debuted their own cipher, along with several other emblematic elements, such as the English rose, Irish shamrock, and ivy leaves. No word if Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s cake will have their own personalized decoration.
English wedding walk
In traditional English village weddings, the bride and her wedding party walk from her home to the church for the ceremony. Ahead of the bride, a young girl customarily tosses flower blossoms upon the path. The upcoming royal wedding will eschew this tradition. Instead, Meghan Markle will arrive at St. George’s Chapel by car, be escorted to the front door by her mother, and walk down the aisle with her father.
It’s a tradition for British royal weddings to be followed by a procession, so that the newlyweds may share their happy day with the public. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will ride in the Ascot Landau carriage for their procession, the same carriage Prince Harry sat in as part of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s procession. Find out all the ways Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding will make history.
Windsor Grey horses
The horses that pull the carriages in the post-nuptials procession. Six horses will pull Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, including a father and son named Storm and Tyrone.
A plant with white flowers symbolizing hope and love that is always featured in royal wedding bouquets. This tradition dates back to Queen Victoria’s marriage to Prince Albert in 1840. Meghan Markle’s bouquet will include beech, birch, hornbeam, white garden roses, peonies, and foxgloves, Town & Country reports. However, it is assumed myrtle will be featured as well. Don’t miss these other wedding etiquette rules every royal family member must follow.