As Prince Harry spends his last night as a single man with Prince William at the luxe Coworth Park Hotel and Meghan Markle prepares to walk down the aisle at Clivedon House Hotel, where she's holed up with mom Doria Ragland, Kensington Palace has revealed the Order of Service for the pair's ceremony on May 19. In addition to special readings and a song that may surprise you, the rundown also revealed a few details about the couple's marriage (for example, will Prince Harry wear a wedding band?).
“Like any couple getting married, Prince Harry and Ms. Markle have taken a great deal of care in selecting all elements for their service,” the palace revealed in a press release, adding that the Order of Service was a collaborative effort between the bride- and groom-to-be. It was also revealed that Prince Charles played a role in helping the couple to select the orchestral music that will play before the service begins, including pieces by Sir Edward Elgar and Gustav Holst.
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Prince Harry will wear a wedding band
Unlike his his brother Prince William, Prince Harry will wear a band on his finger, following suit with his father the Prince of Wales. During William and Kate's wedding, only the groom placed a ring on the bride's finger, but the Order of Service shows Meghan placing a ring on Harry's finger as well. The bands are likely to be made of precious Welsh gold, following suit with royal tradition.
Meghan will not vow to "obey" her husband
She's proven herself an independent woman and a feminist from a very young age, so it's no surprise that the bride won't make any promises to "obey." It was Prince Harry's mother, the late Princess Diana, who was first to abolish the promise from her vows to Prince Charles, and Kate followed suit when she wed Prince William in 2011.
"Stand By Me" is getting the gospel treatment
In a fun twist, the couple has included the song "Stand By Me" in the Order of Service, but it won't be your typical radio version. Karen Gibson and the Kingdom Choir will give the 1961 hit, originally by Ben E. King, a gospel sound that's sure to have everyone in the pews on their feet! The sweet lyrics include, "If the sky that we look upon / Should tumble and fall / Or the mountain should crumble to the sea / I won’t cry, I won’t cry / No, I won’t shed a tear / Just as long as you stand, stand by me."
Princess Diana's sister will read a passage
Lady Jane Fellowes will have the honour of reading from Song of Solomon.
Prince Harry may not kiss the bride
As is tradition, the groom won't be laying any smooches on his bride until they exit the chapel. The couple will share their first kiss as husband and wife on the west steps for the world to see!