Meghan Markle may be living out every little girl’s dream as a fairy-tale princess bride, but she’s got a long list of age-old customs to follow, as well as a handful of unwritten (but no less important) rules that govern every royal wedding. Here’s a comprehensive list of all 20 strict traditions brides marrying into the British royal family must follow, from her wardrobe down to the status of her name.
She must pass muster with the Queen
The Royal Marriages Act of 1772 requires all senior royal descendants to seek the sovereign’s approval for marriage. When Prince William and Kate Middleton’s engagement was announced, palace officials said the Queen was “absolutely delighted,” which meant she had approved of the prince’s choice.
While not considered a future king, Harry needed the sovereign’s approval to marry Meghan. Granny gave it and has seemingly welcomed the American divorcee with open arms into the family. Meghan’s status as a divorcée was not a problem and since the 2002 ruling, she can be married in a church despite her previous divorce. Interestingly, because he has dropped down in the line of succession since Prince Louis’ birth, Prince Andrew no longer needs his mother’s approval if he remarries which is, no doubt, welcome news to Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York. Fergie, a perennial problem for the royals, has lived with her ex-husband for years and still considers him her “best friend.”