This is what Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding invites look like

22 March 2018, 15:21

Hundreds of special invites to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding have been sent out today (March 22).

Guests have been invited to the ceremony on May 19 at St George's Chapel, and to the lunchtime reception at St George's Hall.

Kensington Palace confirmed that the invites had been sent out on Twitter, posting a photo of the stamped letter:

Harry and Meghan wedding invites

Following a royal tradition that dates back to 1985, the invitations were made by London-based company Barnard and Westwood.

Kensington Palace also revealed that Lottie Small, who recently completed her apprenticeship, printed every invitation, in a process known as die stamping, on a 1930s machine that she nicknamed 'Maude'.

The invitations were made using American ink on English card, and were printed in gold and black.

Meghan Markle's wedding band will be made using Welsh gold, in a royal tradition started by the Queen's mother. This type of gold was first used for royal wedding rings in 1923, when King George VI married Elizabeth Bowes Lyon.

The Queen did the same in 1947 when she married Prince Philip, and it has become a tradition at royal nuptials ever since.

Prince Harry is thought to have rejected the chance to sign a prenup before the wedding, while it has also been reported that he has invited three of his exes to the ceremony.