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Meghan and Harry BREAK TRADITION with gospel singers as they gear up for MODERN wedding
MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry are set to break with royal tradition and have a distinctly modern wedding featuring gospel singing, alternate vows and two wedding rings, in a sign the royal couple intend to bring the monarchy into the 21st century.
The royal couple are set to cause a stir among traditionalists after their Order of Service revealed that soul classics including Stand By Me by Ben E King will be performed in St George’s Chapel by Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir.
The gospel choir will also perform Etta James’ rendition of Amen/This Little Light of Mine as the newlyweds depart the chapel.
Commenting on the ceremony, Kensington Palace said: “Like any couple getting married, Prince Harry and Ms Markle have taken a great deal of care in selecting all elements for their service.
“This has been a collaborative effort led by Prince Harry and Ms Markle.
“They have also sought the advice of the Prince of Wales for the orchestral music before the Service begins.”
In a sign of equality between the couple, Meghan will not promise to “obey” Prince Harry.
This was also the case for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s nuptials in 2011 and for Prince Charles and the Princess of Wales’ wedding in 1981.
Instead the couple will both declare: “For better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part.”
They will also promise to love, comfort, honour, and protect one another for the rest of their lives.
The service itself will use words from the more modern The Marriage Service from Common Worship (2000), which features updated language such as “you” rather than “thee” or “thou”.
Like any couple getting married, Prince Harry and Ms Markle have taken a great deal of care in selecting all elements for their service
Prince Harry will also wear a wedding ring after marrying Ms Markle, which is a break in tradition from various other royal grooms.
The Duke of Cambridge followed in the footsteps of Prince Philip in deciding not to wear a wedding ring after marrying the Duchess of Cambridge in 2011.
Ms Markle will first receive her ring from Harry, who will say: “Meghan, I give you this ring as a sign of our marriage.
“With my body I honour you, all that I am I give to you, and all that I have I share with you, within the love of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”
Harry will then receive his ring from Meghan, who will address him with the same words.
The sole reading at the wedding will be given by Prince Harry’s aunt Lady Jane Fellowes, Princess Diana’s older sister, who will read from the Song of Solomon.
The reading will state: “My beloved speaks and says to me: ‘Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone’.
“Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is as strong as death, passion fierce as the grave.
“Its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it.
“If one offered for love all the wealth of one’s house, it would be utterly scorned.”
The decision to include the Spencer family in the wedding will underline Harry’s ongoing connection to his mother and her family.
However in keeping with royal tradition, the National Anthem will still be played at the end of the ceremony in honour of the Queen.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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