Royal Wedding Lingo

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.

 

Morning coat

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.

 

Lounge suit

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.

 

Pageboys

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.

 

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.

 

Ascot

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.

 

Organza

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.

 

Cipher

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.

 

Post-nuptials procession

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.

 

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.

 

Myrtle

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. 

 

 

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