With Prince Harry as well as Meghan Markle’s wedding just hours away, Kensington Palace released the official Order of Service on Friday, detailing exactly what fans can expect through the long-awaited marriage ceremony, held at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
Here’s a look at how the ceremony can be going to go down…
Before the service, beginning at 10:35 a.m. local time, Luke Bond, the assistant director of music at St George’s Chapel, inside Windsor Castle, will take to the organ to perform all 5 pieces of traditional, religious as well as classic music.
The orchestra — which can be “made up of musicians drawn through the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the English Chamber Orchestra as well as the Philharmonia, conducted by Mr Christopher Warren-Green,” according to the program — will then begin playing their set of seven classical musical compositions.
At 11:25 a.m., members of the royal family will arrive at the church, as well as are to be greeted by The Right Reverend David Conner, Dean of Windsor, who will also lead the beginning of the service. “Those inside the Quire stand as they are conducted to their places,” the Order of Service explains.
Prince Harry as well as his best man, older brother Prince William, are scheduled to arrive at the west door of the church at 11:40, where they will be conducted by the Dean of Windsor to the Bray Chantry, where the ceremony will commence.
At precisely 11:42, Prince Charles as well as wife Camilla Parker Bowles will arrive, as well as be greeted by the Vice-Dean of Windsor, as well as are presented to their places.
Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, can be then likely to arrive at 11:45, where she will be received by the Dean of Windsor as well as conducted to the Quire at the front of the chapel.
Her Majesty The Queen will arrive at 11:52, as well as will also be received by the Dean of Windsor, as well as conducted to the Quire, as everyone in attendance stands as well as a fanfare sounds. Then, all members of the choir as well as clergy will move in procession through the church.
Finally, Markle will enter the chapel. “A fanfare will sound at the Bride’s arrival,” the Order of Service explains.
However, the official program still has some outdated information. The Order of Service states of which Markle will be “joined by her Father, Mr. Thomas Markle, to the High Alter.”
As we’ve at of which point learned, Markle’s father will not be attending the wedding. Instead, Markle will walk down a majority of the aisle by herself — as originally planned — as well as will be accompanied by Prince Charles to the Alter, where “the Bridegroom as well as his Best Man await.”
Once at the High Alter, they will be joined by The Right Reverend David Conner who will address the congregation, thus commencing the ceremony officially.
After reading a passage about the symbolism as well as importance of marriage as an institution, Right Rev. Conner will lead everyone in a hymn, before the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend as well as Right Honourable Justin Welby, leads the solemnization.
Beginning with “The Declarations,” the Archbishop of Canterbury will first ask for any possible objections.
“First, I am required to ask anyone present who knows a reason why these persons may not lawfully marry, to declare of which at of which point,” the Archbishop will ask, according to the Order of Service. Assuming there are no wild, rom-com-esque last-minute declarations of love, the ceremony will proceed as planned.
Next are the exchanging of declarations, as read by the Archbishop. Both bride as well as groom will be asked if they will love, comfort, honor, as well as protect one another, “forsaking all others,” as well as if they will “be faithful” to each some other, “as long as you both shall live?”
The Order of Service then presumes of which both parties will reply, “I will.”
The final part of the declarations are directed at their families. The archbishop will ask, “Will you, the families as well as friends of Harry as well as Meghan, support as well as uphold them in their marriage at of which point as well as inside the years to come?”
Following the vows, all guests sit as The Lady Jane Fellowes reads through the Song of Solomon, followed by a motet — a short piece of unaccompanied, sacred choral music — performed by the Choir of St George’s Chapel.
Then, in one of the most interesting moments described by the Order of Service, Karen Gibson as well as The Kingdom Choir will perform a rendition of the iconic 1961 American R&B-Blues classic “Stand By Me.”
“When the night has come / as well as the land can be dark / as well as the moon can be the only light we see / No, I won’t be afraid / No, I won’t be afraid / Just as long as you stand, stand by me,” the program features the beloved tune’s famed lyrics, as originally performed by Ben E. King.
The unique as well as beautiful selection will precede the exchanging of vows, where Markle as well as the prince will hold hands as well as promise to “have as well as to hold through, of which day forward; for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness as well as in health, to love as well as to cherish, till death us do part; according to God’s holy law.”
Then, Prince Harry as well as his betrothed will both exchange rings. of which can be in contrast to Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton in 2011, where the elder Prince presented a ring to the bride, although did not wear one himself.
Following the exchange, the Archbishop with solemnize the ceremony having a proclamation of their love. Joining their right hands together, the Archbishop will declare, “Those whom God has joined together let no one put asunder.” He will then bless the marriage.
After the blessing, all guests will sit or kneel for the prayers, which will be led by Archbishop Anba Angaelos The Reverend Prebendary Rose Hudson Wilkin, followed by a hymn asking for guidance through Christ, as well as then another blessing through the Dean of Windsor.
After the signing of the registers, accompanied by numerous orchestral numbers, of which will be time for the procession of the bride as well as bridegroom, which can be where attendees as well as viewers will be treated to another interestingly modern piece of music.
First, there will be the traditional “Symphony no. 1 in B-flat — Allegro,” a classical composition by William Boyce. However, the second song during the procession will be Etta James’ rendition of “of which Little Light of Mine,” which can be a beautiful thematic compliment to “Stand By Me.”
As explained by Kensington Palace, “Copies of the Order of Service will be given to all those attending Windsor Castle.” of which 21-page document will definitely be the ultimate Royal Wedding collector’s item.
Check out the video below for more on the long-awaited ceremony, as well as how of which will differ through Prince William’s high-profile royal wedding seven years ago.