In April of 2011 the world gathered and celebrated as Prince William married Kate Middleton. On May 20th of this year Pippa Middleton, Kate’s younger sister, married James Matthews. Both of these weddings are beautiful examples of timeless traditions and royal wedding details. Keep reading as Hylah shares a quick overview of some differences between these English weddings and a classic American wedding.
English Royal Wedding Traditions
Living in the public eye as royals do, it comes as no surprise that aspects of the wedding are closely watched and monitored at every step of the way from engagement to the nuptuals. For example, in America we have adopted the tradition of the Groom asking for the Father of the Bride’s permission or blessing. It is possible that this tradition stemmed from the royal tradition of requiring the reigning sovereign’s approval prior to the proposal. Other aspects that are closely monitored if one is to marry into a royal family, is the religion of the individual. While interfaith relationships are significantly more common now than they have ever been in the past, it is still a priority that those who are to marry into royalty are Anglican.
The royal wedding day is also filled with minor differences from traditional american celebrations. One of the first unique inclusions in an English Royal wedding that is not present in American tradition is the Spring of Myrtle in the bridal bouquet. As a tradition from the early-mid 1800’s, every royal bride includes a sprig from the original Myrtle shrub, planted by Queen Victoria after her wedding in 1840.
Another difference occurs within the bridal party. You may have seen photos of Prince George and Princess Charlotte in their wedding attire (if not, keep scrolling there is a photo below of these adorable royals). In traditional American weddings the bridal party consists of some or all of these roles: Maid of Honor, Matron of Honor, Bridesmaids, Junior Bridesmaids, Flower Girls, Best Man, Groomsmen, Ushers, and Ring Bearers. Alternately, traditional royal weddings include Bridesmaids and Page Boys into the wedding, where bridesmads are between the ages of 3 and 17.
Every wedding is unique for the Bride and Groom, with that said Royal weddings and American weddings both follow timeless traditions. Take a look below for some of the lovely photos from Pippa and James‘ recent wedding.