600 people have been invited to the nuptials at Windsor Castle on May 19. (Twitter: @KensingtonRoyal)
It is time to check, and re-check, that mailbox because the invitations for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding have been dispatched.
Kensington Palace made the announcement on Twitter and posted photos of the invitation and the printing process.
Some 600 people have been invited to the May 19 nuptials at noon at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
All 600 have also been invited to a lunchtime reception given by Queen Elizabeth II at St George’s Hall.
Prince Harry and Ms Markle will also celebrate with some 200 guests at a private evening reception given by Prince Charles at Frogmore House, a royal mansion near Windsor Castle.
The Palace declined to comment on who is on the list.
Lottie Small, who recently completed her apprenticeship, printed all of the invitations. (Twitter: @KensingtonRoyal)
The stationery was made by Barnard and Westwood, which has held the royal warrant for printing and bookbinding since 1985.
The invitations were printed using American ink on English card, in what appears to be a nod to the pair’s respective home countries.
The invitations, which are bevelled and gilded along the edges, bear Prince Charles’ three-feather badge embossed in gold.
They feature italic writing on thick white card, and are issued under the name of Charles, father of the groom.
A newly qualified technician, Lottie Smith, printed all of the invitations using a process called die stamping, on a machine from the 1930s.
The invitations also reveal the dress code for wedding guests: uniform, morning coat or lounge suit for men, or day dress with a hat for ladies.
Windsor Castle is a smaller venue compared to London’s Westminster Abbey, where Prince Harry’s brother Prince William and Kate Middleton married in 2011. That royal wedding packed in 1,900 guests.
The details of the Royal couple’s wedding cake were revealed earlier in the week.
They have chosen an organic lemon and elderflower cake over the traditional fruit cake, and it will reportedly be decorated with fresh flowers.
Californian pastry chef and food writer Claire Prak, who owns Violet Bakery in east London, has been enlisted to make the cake.
@KensingtonPalace: Using American ink on English card, the invitations are printed in gold and black, then burnished to bring out the shine, and gilded around the edge.