♔By Royal Invitation

Printers and Bookbinders BarnardWestwood have been making Royal invitations since 1985, and Managing Director Austen Kopley said he was thrilled and honoured to be making them for the wedding of Prince Harry & Megham Markle.

Responsibility for printing the invitations was given to 24-year-old Lottie Small, who recently completed her apprenticeship. The former intern who produced 600 invitations for the Royal wedding revealed that she ‘squealed a little bit’ when she was given the royal task, and was ‘unbelievably excited’ to be given the enormous responsibility.

‘The worst thing was keeping it from Mum she said “With anything else, she’d be the first person I would call and she’d share in my excitement.”

The invitations were printed in a process known as die stamping on a machine from the 1930s that Lottie affectionately nicknamed ‘Maude’. Each invite was printed in gold and black, using American ink on English card, then burnished to bring out the shine, and gilded around the edge. The three-feathered badge of the Prince of Wales was given pride of place in the centre.

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The Royal invitations of Prince Harry & Ms Meghan Markle

The Royal invitation read:

‘His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales K.G., K.T. requests the pleasure of the company of …… at the Marriage of His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales with Ms Meghan Markle at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on Saturday 19th May 2018 at 12 Noon followed by a reception at Windsor Castle.’

The invitation also stipulates a strict dress code with men asked to don military uniform- likely to be worn by Harry- a former solder who is now Captain General of Royal Marines or a morning coat and lounge hat, with women asked to wear a day dress and hat.

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Lottie etching the hand engraved copperplate- producing a beautiful raised, 3D image

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Each Invitation was printed in Gold & Black ink and fed into the printer by hand.

“This highly skilled process is commonly regarded as the crème de la crème of the printing world. No other process can come close to the intricate results die stamping is capable of producing.” –Barnard and Westwood

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