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With their May wedding quickly approaching, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have given the public a glimpse at their royal wedding invites and they have some key differences to Kate Middleton and Prince William’s wedding invites back in 2011.

The designs are quite similar with both being very formal. They both use dark, scripted writing with very little design elements beyond their royal stamp. The differences go beyond the visual aesthetic.

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Prince Charles issues the invites

When Will and Kate got married, The Queen was the one to issue the invitation. Their invites didn’t request the guests to attend, but were instead “commanded” by the Queen. For Harry and Meghan, the invites have been issued by Prince Charles and feature the three-feathered badge of the Prince of Wales printed in gold. As Town & Country note, this shouldn’t be seen as a dig against the couple. Instead of hosting the entire wedding, the Queen is hosting a luncheon for 600 guests following the reception.

The invites address Meagan’s previous marriage

In Will and Kate’s invite, Kate is referred to as “Miss Catherine Middleton”. On her invites, Meghan is referred to as “Ms.” which indicates she has been previously married. “For a first marriage, the bride would traditionally be addressed on the invitation as ‘Miss.’ In the case of a second marriage, this would be replaced by ‘Mrs.’ or ‘Ms.’,” Ruth Baxter, the stationery manager for Smythson, a heritage British brand that currently holds three royal warrants, told Town & Country.

The young, cool Royals are tech savvy

Instead of having the RSVPs sent by mail to the Lord Chamberlain’s office, as was the case for Will and Kate, the Royal couple are giving their guests options. They can either go the traditional, snail-mail route or send their RSVP via email, showing just how modern the couple are. In the official photo from Kensington Palace, this detail is blurred out of view, but can be seen in the tweet below.

The dress code is specified

The dress code for men was featured on Will and Kate’s invite, asking male guests to wear “Uniform, Morning Coat, or Lounge Suit”. What’s different about Meghan’s invite is that it also features dress code instructions for the women. The invite asks them to wear a “Day Dress with Hat,” presumably to help out the non-British guests in how to dress for the occasion.

The ink is special

The invites were made by Barnard Westwood, a fine printer based out of London, but the ink on these cards is American, a touching nod to Meghan’s heritage. “Using American ink on English card, the invitations are printed in gold and black, then burnished to bring out the shine, and gilded around the edge,” reads a tweet from the palace.

The wedding is shaping up to be the event of the year and we’ll be checking our mailboxes everyday for the invite…