Saturday, May 19

#RoyalWedding: Gospel Choir to perform 'Stand by me' at Prince Harry & Meghan Markle's wedding today

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A gospel choir will sing “Stand By Me” at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding on Saturday, while a hymn sung at his mother Diana’s funeral will trigger emotional memories.

The ceremony at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle will be a traditional Church of England service, but US TV star Markle has ensured that her marriage into British royalty will have a strong American flavour.

After a firebrand US preacher revs up the sermon, The Kingdom Choir will sing “Stand By Me”, the stirring, soulful tune released by Ben E. King in 1961, that topped the charts in both the United States and Britain.

And the service will have further touching moments for Harry, being supported by his best man, brother Prince William.

The last hymn before the newlyweds leave will be “Guide me, O thou great redeemer” — the last hymn sung at their mother Diana, princess of Wales’s funeral in 1997.

The bride and groom have put their own modern twist on their big day.

The music, the springtime flowers and lack of political bigwigs show they have set the tone and feel of the event, within the framework of a classic Anglican wedding ceremony.

Printed before Markle’s father Thomas definitively pulled out on Thursday having undergone heart surgery, the order of service says he will walk her down the aisle.

Harry’s father Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, will fill in.

David Conner, the Dean of Windsor who is the chapel’s senior cleric, will give the introduction.

“The gift of marriage brings husband and wife together in the delight and tenderness of sexual union and joyful commitment,” he was to say.

Conner will ask “anyone present who knows a reason why these persons may not lawfully marry, to declare it now”.

Assuming no objections, Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury who is the Church of England’s spiritual leader, will oversee the declarations.

The couple will then pledge to love, comfort, honour and protect each other, both using the answer “I will”.

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