Buckingham Palace has today published the elaborate document in which Queen Elizabeth II of Britain under the Royal Marriages Act of 1772 has given her consent to the marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. The Queen’s consent was given at a meeting of the Privy Council on 9 February this year. The Instrument of Consent reads:
Elizabeth the Second by the Grace of God OF THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND AND OF OUR OTHER REALMS AND TERRITORIES QUEEN HEAD OF THE COMMONWEALTH DEFENDER OF THE FAITH
To all to whom these Presents shall come, Greetings! WHEREAS by an Act of Parliament instituted “An Act for the better regulating the future Marriages of the Royal Family”, it is amongst other things enacted “that no descendant of the body of His late Majesty King George the Second, Male or Female, (other than the issue of Princesses who have married, or may hereafter marry, into Foreign Families), shall be capable of contracting Matrimony without the previous consent of His Majesty, His Heirs or Successors, signified under the Great Seal, and declared in Council”: NOW KNOW YE that We have consented and do by these Presents signify Our Consent to the contracting of Matrimony between Our Most Dearly Beloved Grandson Prince William Arthur Philip Louis of Wales, K.G., and Our Trusty and Well-beloved Catherine Elizabeth Middleton IN WITNESS whereof We have caused Our Great Seal to be affixed to the Presents GIVEN at Our Court at Buckingham Palace the ninth Day of February Two thousand and Eleven in the Sixtieth Year of Our Reign.
BY THE QUEEN HERSELF SIGNED WITH HER OWN HAND
(signed Elizabeth R)