All Of The Ridiculous Rules Royals Have To Abide By To Have A Royal Wedding

Oh! British royal weddings! Everyone dreams about having one with such a level of luxury, elegance, and beauty. The eyes of the world set on the bride, the groom and the beautiful ceremony that usually surrounds their big day. But if you thought that having one was smooth and easy peasy, think twice.

The truth is that planning a British royal wedding is a challenging and onerous thing with tons of traditions, ancient rules, and practices that the future husbands and wives need to abide by. From the wedding cake to the bride's bouquet, every tiny detail has to be strictly taken care of. With that in mind, let's consider them all in today's article. 

First, let's consider who can royals marry to

Thank goodness this changed, but before 2013, all the blue-blood members in the line of succession to the throne couldn't wed Catholics, and the reason behind it is quite understandable if you ask us. It dates back to the times when Henry VIII was reigning since he was the one who founded the Anglican church. 

The last Catholic monarch was Mary Tudor, who ascended to the throne in 1553 and was also deemed as "Bloody Mary" thanks to her executions of Protestants, as People explained. Queen Mary wanted to restore Catholicism in England and went to burn religious dissenters at the stake. 

But once Henry VIII founded the Anglican religion, the Sovereign in England is also the Head of the Church. However, he or she is allowed to tie the knot with a Catholic as the feud between churches has died down. This change appears on a passage of the Succession to the Crown Act of 2013. 

And what about divorcees? 

It turns out that being Catholic was not the only impediment. Falling in love with a divorcee could take the throne away from royals in the past. But with the same Crown Act, this aspect was also modified. But even so, marrying divorced people is not something that the Queen fancies. 

In fact, she did not attend Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles' wedding. According to AOL, she told a close friend, "I am not able to go. I do not feel that my position permits it." But with the years, she has loosened up, and proof of this is her attendance to Prince Harry's wedding to Meghan Markle, a divorcee.

Royal Bouquets

Now let's get to the weddings themselves and start with the bride's bouquet. This accessory, by tradition, needs to have a sprig of myrtle. The one who started this trend was Queen Victoria for her big day with Prince Albert. Apparently, she received myrtle as a present from Prince Albert's grandmother when she visited Germany. 

She brought it back to England and planted it at Osborne House. The myrtle grew into a bush, and she used a ration of it to adorn her own bouquet, and since then, the same bush has supplied all the brides who have followed her including Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana, Duchess Kate, and Duchess Meghan.  

The stag night

The stag night is basically what we call a bachelor party, and it is said they are epic among royals, even Prince Philip had one with his ring of friends at the exclusive Belfry Club in central London, and his eldest son had a stag dinner party at White's club. Prince William took it to another level with a whole weekend away with his buddies. Needless to say, the details of what happens in those nights are kept under wraps. 

Hen parties

If men have stag nights, girls have their hen parties or bachelorette parties as we used to know them. But while stag nights have been a thing for years, saying goodbye to spinsterhood was not popular among females before the 80s when Sarah Ferguson introduced this practice. 

Fergie tied the knot with Prince Andrew, Charles' younger brother, but before doing so, she had a party with girlfriends such as the late Diana, at Annabel's nightclub, an exclusive venue in London. Kate Middleton was more reserved with a small party with close friends. 

Wearing hats

Royals are well-known for wearing hats and fascinators for daytime engagements, and of course, a momentous event like matrimony is not an exception. So if you ever get to attend a blue-blood union, get ready to show off some fanciful head coverage. 

The Wedding Breakfast 

To clarify from the beginning, "the wedding breakfast" is not even a breakfast itself since most royal weddings take place around noontime, so we're not sure exactly why royals keep on calling it as such. But it is usually a seated formal meal with cocktails included. 

However, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge changed theirs a bit since they had a standing party with canapés passing among the guests. It was a more inclusive organization because nobody likes getting bumped to the back of the room with the usual seating chart. 

The bride's ring

The Queen Mother started another tradition in 1923, and this dictates the brides' rings must be made of Welsh gold. Curiously, the same nugget supplied the metal for the bands of the Queen in 1947, Princess Margaret in 1960, and Princess Diana in 1981 when it was used up. 

A new 36-gram nugget that the British Royal Legion presented the Sovereign in November 1981 was the supply for the rings of the Duchess of York in 1986, Kate Middleton in 2011 and, of course, Meghan Markle last year as Business Insider reported. 

The wedding's menus

Having menus written in French is another tradition in the royal family that dates back to the 17th century when Charles I tied the knot with French Princess Henrietta Maria, and the craze for this cuisine started. However, the practice is a bit out-of-date as most chefs and the dishes for weddings are British.

The location

As Anglicans, royals must get married in a church, although the venue can vary. St. James was the favorite choice in 1840 for weddings such as Queen Victoria's and Queen Anne's. However, due to its small size, Kate and William said yes at Westminster Abbey, and Harry and Meghan went for St. George's Chapel. 

The cake

As tradition dictates, fruitcakes are considered "bride cakes" as they represent fertility and prosperity according to Bustle, so it's the choice for most weddings. The royal recipe includes cherries, marzipan, ground almonds, and raisins for a 300 or 500-pound fruitcake. 

They are decorated to represent the couple's style. As Royal expressed about Kate and William's wedding, "it was decorated with cream and white icing in the 'Joseph Lambeth' technique with piped details, scrolls, and garlands."

Read more: Striking Difference In Royal Weddings: Diana, Kate Middleton, and Meghan Markle

On the other hand, we have the groom's cake, another custom that Queen Victoria started, but the flavor for this one has evolved throughout time into more modern tastes. For instance, Prince William opted for a chocolate biscuit cake. 

Other practices related to the cake are to save a tier for the christening of the couple's first child, to cut the dessert using the groom's ceremonial sword, and Elizabeth II also implemented the tradition of using the wedding cakes to help others. For instance, she and Philip donated it to school children, while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge decided to auction a piece in order to raise money for charity as Bustle reported. 

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Tossing the bouquet

When you go to any wedding, you expect the bride to throw the popular bouquet among single women to indicate who is next to tie the knot. However, for royals, this is not a common practice since Queen Mother retired the tradition. When she got hitched, she laid her bouquet on the tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey in aims to honor her fallen brother. 

A bride wearing red

Red is a beautiful shade, but we cannot imagine a bride wearing it on her big day, and we have to thank Queen Victoria for keeping this from becoming a tradition. In her days, brides used to wear red, but she decided to go against the court opinion and went for the pure color. 

You don't envy royal weddings that much now, right? They are lovely and dreamy indeed, but all those details are a bit too much, don't you think? Let us know your opinion in the comment section and share this fantastic article with other royal followers. Until next time! 

Source: People, Bustle, Ranker, Legislation UK, Metro, Business Insider

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