The Vows, the Songs, the Prayers: Official Royal Wedding Program Released

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The official program for the royal wedding was released Thursday morning, just 24 hours before the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton. NewsFeed takes a closer look at the final breathtaking details.

The much anticipated program not only includes the full Order of Services, a personal message from the bride and groom and a newly released photo of the couple taken at the time of engagement by photographer Mario Testino, but it also features William’s recently updated Coat of Arms on the front cover and Middleton’s new Coat of Arms on the back cover.

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After much speculation over the past week about her wedding vows, the order of service reveals that Miss Middleton will vow to “love, comfort, honor and keep” but not obey Prince William. As the choir starts to sing, the bride will begin to walk up the aisle to a coronation anthem, “I Was Glad,” by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, taken from Psalm 122. The origins of the chosen anthem date back to 1902 when it was composed for the crowning of Prince William’s great-great-great grandfather Edward VII at Westminster Abbey. Other chosen hymns include “Jerusalem” and “Guide Me Thou Great Redeemer.” There will also be the traditional English melody, “Greensleeves.”

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The ceremony will be held in the Series One Book of Common Prayer. When the couple sign the registers, The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and Kate’s parents Carole and Michael Middleton and sister Pippa will all act as witnesses. Kate’s brother James Middleton will give The Lesson, reading Romans 12: 1-2, 9-18.

The full wedding souvenir program will also be sold on the day for £2 ($3.33), with the proceeds going to the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry. (via BBC)

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