Royal Wedding Traditions You Haven’t Heard Of

 

While most weddings come with traditions of their own, royal weddings take it to the next level. Have a look at some we’ve uncovered that you may or may not want to use for your own big day.

Our office and the whole country really has been struck by royal wedding fever!! Bookmakers are going all out for Britain’s favourite couple, offering odds on everything from the song for the couples first dance (Whitney Houston is the clear favourite), to what colour the Queens hat will be and whether or not Prince Harry will have a shave. We love the ginger beard.

And while our favourite loved up couple is already known for breaking royal protocol, only time will tell what traditions they will keep and what traditions they will can. Take a look at some of the traditions you may never heard of below.

Groomsmen saying cheers with beer bottles.

NO BEST MAN

Apparently in British royal weddings there is technically no best man. Royal expert Marlene Koenig previously explained to Town & Country that the best man is officially called a supporter. Prince William already broke this tradition when he asked Harry to be his best man, and his baby bro has followed in his footsteps. Cute!

ROYAL WEDDINGS ARE USUALLY PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

A national holiday is usually declared when there is a royal wedding. When Wills and Kate tied the knot back in 2011, they declared it a Royal Wedding Bank Holiday. But Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have decided to wed on a Saturday, meaning no holiday necessary!

Black and white close up of couple holding hands showing their wedding rings.

ROYAL GROOMS DON’T WEAR WEDDING BANDS

This one came at a surprise to us too! Apparently male royals and aristocrats do not wear wedding bands after they say I do. The only royal to break this tradition was Prince Charles. Go figure.

Camilla & Kate Middleton waving in a horse drawn cart.

HATS ARE ENCOURAGED

According to royal protocol dating back to the 1950s, women must wear hats at all official occasions, especially a royal wedding. We’ve seen some interesting choices over the years (Princess Beatrice of course comes to mind.) so we are keen to see what guests will wear for the upcoming wedding.

FRUIT CAKE IS A MUST

Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Anne, Prince Charles and Prince William all had fruit cake on their big day. And according to Food & Wine, the tradition stems from the idea that bakers need a few months to decorate their masterpiece and fruitcake works because it can be stored for years without spoiling. Harry & Megs have actually commissioned two wedding cakes. One a lemon and elderflower cake by Claire Ptak, but the couple will also have an iced fruit cake.

WHERE CAN I WATCH THE ROYAL WEDDING

Coverage of the royal wedding will kick off at 7pm on Saturday, May 19 on Channel 9. However, the event isn’t expected to kick off until 9 pm.

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