The markings on the left of the text incorporate the red dragon of Wales along with the United Kingdom’s floral emblems.
The design also includes three tiny red “escallops” from the arms of the Spencer family of Harry’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
Representing Ms. Markle, the markings to the right of the text include the rose, the national flower of the United States; and four golden poppies, the state flower of California, where she was born.
The document was drafted by the Crown Office and created on vellum, a fine parchment that is made from calf skin and that is only used for important state documents. It was made by one of a panel of scrivener artists.
The Instrument of Consent began after the Royal Marriages Act of 1772. It required descendants of George II, specifically the first six people in line to the throne, to get the sovereign’s consent before they wed, otherwise their marriages would be invalid.