Members of the Royal Family traveling by car leave St.James' Palace
Foreign Crowned Heads Leave Buckingham Palace by car
Bridesmaids and Pages leave Clarence House by car
The Queen's Carriages Procession leaves Buckingham Palace
The Carriage Procession of the Bridegroom leaves Buckingham Palace
The Bride's Carriage Procession leaves Clarence House
The Bridegroom arrives At St.Paul's Cathedral and is greeted by the Dean, The Chapter, the bishop of London and the Archbishop of Canterbury, then moves into Dean's Aisle with his supporters.
HRH Andrew Albert Christian Edward Windsor, Duke Of York (Dukedom 1986)
HRH Edward Anthony Richard Louis Windsor, Earl Of Wessex (Earldom 1999)
The Bride's arrival is greeted by trumpet fanfare. With her father at her side she walks down the aisle with her attendants to Trumpet Voluntary: The Prince Of Denmark?s March composed by Jeremiah Clarke
Attendants And Pages:
HRH Sarah Francis Elizabeth Armstrong-Jones Chatto, Lady Snowdon, (Chatto 1993)
HRH Lord Nicholas Windsor
Miss India Hicks
Mr. Edward van Custem
Miss Clementine Hambro
Miss Sarah Gaslee
Miss Catherine Cameron
The Marriage Service
The congregation standing, all shall sing the following hymn:
Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation
Text: 7th cent. Latin; trans. by Charles Philip Arthur George Mason Neale, 1818-1866
Music: Henry Purcell; adapted by Ernest Hawkins
Tune: WESTMINSTER ABBEY, Meter: 87.87.87
Christ is made the sure foundation
Christ the head and cornerstone
Chosen of the Lord and precious
Binding all the church in one
Holy Zion's help forever
And her confidence alone
To this temple where we call Thee
Come O Lord of Hosts today
With Thy gentle loving-kindness
Hear Thy people when as they pray
And Thy fullest benediction
Shed within it's walls always
Here vouchsafe to all Thy servants
What they ask of Thee to gain
What they gain from Thee forever
With the blessed to retain
And hereafter in Thy glory
Evermore with Thee to reign
Laud and Honor to the Father
Laud and Honor to the Son
Laud and Honor to the Spirit
Ever three and ever one
One in might and one in glory
While unending ages run
Then the Dean of St. Paul's will say:
DEARLY beloved, we are gathered together here in the sight of God, and in the face of this company, to join together this Man and this Woman in holy Matrimony; which is an honourable estate, instituted of God himself, signifying unto us the mystical union that is betwixt Christ and his Church: which holy estate Christ adorned and beautified with his presence and first miracle that he wrought in Cana of Galilee, and is commended in Holy Writ to be honourable among all men: and therefore is not by any to be enterprised nor taken in hand unadvisedly, lightly, or wantonly; but reverently, discreetly, advisedly, soberly, and in the fear of God, duly considering the causes for which Matrimony was ordained
First, it was ordained for the increase of mankind according to the will of God; and that children might be brought up in the fear and nurture of the Lord and to the praise of His Holy name.
Secondly, it was ordained in order that the natural instincts and affections, implanted by God, should be hallowed and directed aright; that those who are called of God to this holy estate, should continue therein in pureness of living.
Thirdly, it was ordained for the mutual society, help, and comfort, that the one ought to have of the other, both in prosperity and adversity.
Into which holy estate these two persons present come now to be joined.
Therefore, if any man can shew just cause, why they may not lawfully be joined together, let him now speak, or else hereafter, forever hold his peace.
Then the Archbishop of Cantebury takes the service speaking unto the Persons who are to be married, he shall say,
I REQUIRE and charge you both, as ye will answer at the dreadful day of judgment when the secrets of all hearts shall be disclosed, that if either of you know any impediment, why ye may not be lawfully joined together in Matrimony, ye do now confess it. For be ye well assured, that so many as be coupled together otherwise than God's Word doth allow are not joined together by God; neither is their Matrimony lawful.
If no impediment shall be alleged, or suspected, the Minster shall say to the Man,
Charles Philip Arthur George, Wilt thou have this Woman to thy wedded wife, to live together after God's ordinance in the holy estate of Matrimony? Wilt thou love her, comfort her, honour, and keep her in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others, keep thee only unto her, so long as ye both shall live?
The Man shall answer,
Then shall the Minster say unto the Woman,
Diana Frances, Wilt thou have this Man to thy wedded husband, to live together after God's law in the holy estate of Matrimony? Wilt thou love him, comfort him, honour, and keep him in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others, keep thee only unto him, so long as ye both shall live?
The Woman shall answer,
Then shall the Archbishop say,
Who giveth this Woman to be married to this Man?
Then shall they give their troth to each other in this manner. The Archbishop, receiving the Woman at her father's or friend's hands, shall cause the Man with his right hand to take the Woman by her right hand, and to say after him as followeth.
I, Charles Philip Arthur George take thee Diana Frances to my wedded Wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to God's holy law; and thereto I give thee my troth.
Then shall they loose their hands; and the Woman with her right hand taking the Man by his right hand, shall likewise say after the Archbishop,
I, Diana France take thee Philip Charles Arthur George to my wedded Husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to God's holy law; and thereto I give thee my troth.
Then shall they again loose their hands; and the Man shall give unto the Woman a Ring, laying the same upon the book. And the Archbishop shall say a prayer for the blessing of the ring
BLESS, O Lord, this Ring, that he who gives it and she who shall wear it may remain faithful to each other, and abide peace, and favour, and live together in love until their lives? end. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then the Archbishop taking the ring shall deliver it unto the Man, to put it upon the fourth finger of the Woman's left hand. And the Man holding the Ring there, and taught by the Archbishop, shall say,
WITH this Ring I thee wed, with my body I thee honor, and all thy goods with thee I share: In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Then, the Man, leaving the Ring upon the fourth finger of the Woman's left hand, they shall both kneel down: the congregation shall remain standing and the Archbishop shall say,
Let us pray.
O ETERNAL God, Creator and Preserver of all mankind, Giver of all spiritual grace, the Author of everlasting life; Send thy blessing upon these thy servants, this Man and this Woman, whom we bless in thy Name; that living faithfully together, may surely perform and keep the vow and covenant betwixt them made, whereof this Ring given and received is a token and pledge, and may ever remain in perfect love and peace together, and live according to thy laws; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then shall the Archbishop join their right hands together, and say,
Those whom God hath joined together let no man put asunder.
Then shall the Archbishop speak unto the company.
FORASMUCH as Charles Philip Arthur George and Diana Frances have consented together in holy wedlock, and have witnessed the same before God and this company, and thereto have given and pledged their troth, either to other, and have declared the same by giving and receiving a Ring, and by joining hands; I pronounce that they are Man and Wife, In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen
The Archbishop shall add this Blessing.
GOD the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost, bless, preserve, and keep you; the Lord mercifully with his favour look upon you, and so fill you with all spiritual benediction and grace; that ye may so live together in this life, that in the world to come ye may have life everlasting. Amen.
Then shall all be seated, and the choirs of St. Paul?s Cathedral and Her Majesty?s Chapels Royal shall sing the following anthem.
Let People Praise Thee, O God; yea let all the people praise Thee
O let the nations rejoice and be glad
For Thou shalt judge the folk righteously
And govern the nations upon earth
Then shall the earth bring forth her increase
and God even our own God shall give us His blessing
God shall bless us
And all the ends of the earth shall fear him
God be merciful unto us, and bless us:
And shew us the light of His countenance
And be merciful unto us
That thy way may be known upon the earth
Thy saving health among all nations
Glory Be To The Father
And To The Son
And To The Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning
Is now and ever shall be
World without end. Amen
Then shall follow the lesson, read by the Right Honorable George Thomas, Speaker of the House of Commons: the thirteenth chapter of the First Epistle of Saint Paul to the Corinthians.
1Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing.
3And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profiteth me nothing.
4Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8Love never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
9For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
13And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
All shall remain seated for the Address by the Most Reverend and Right Honorable Robert Runcie, MC, DD, Archbishop of Cantebury, Primate of all England and Metropolitan
Here is the stuff of which fairytales are made, the prince and princess on their wedding day. But fairytales usually end at this point with the simple phrase ?They lived happily ever after.? This may be because fairytales regard marriage as an anti-climax, after the romance of courtship. This is not the Christian view. Our faith sees the wedding day not as the place of arrival, but the place where the adventure really begins. There is an ancient Christian tradition, that every bride and groom on their wedding day are regarded as a royal couple. To this day in the marriage ceremonies of the Eastern Orthodox Church, crowns are held over the man and woman to express the conviction that as husband and wife they are kings and queens of creation. As it says of human kind in the Bible, ?Thou crownest him with glory and honor and did set him over the work of Thy hands.? On a wedding day it is made clear that God does not intend us to be puppets, but chooses to work through us, and especially through our marriages to create the future of His world. Much of the world is in the grip of hopelessness; many people seem to have surrendered to fatalism about the so-called inevitabilities of life, cruelty, injustice, poverty, bigotry, and war. Some have accepted a cynical view of marriage itself. But all couples on their wedding day are royal couples; and stand for the truth that we help to shape this world and are not just its victims. All of us are given the power to make the future more in God?s image and to be kings and queens of love. This is our prayer for Charles and Diana: may the burdens we lay on them be matched by the love with which we support them in the years to come; and however long they live may they always know that when they pledged themselves to each other before the altar of God, they were surrounded and supported not by mere spectators but by the sincere affection and the active prayer of millions of friends. Thanks Be To God.
Then shall the choirs sing the following anthem.
1I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD. Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem. Jerusalem is builded as a city that at unity in itself.
6Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.
7Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces.
Psalm 122 1-3, 6, 7
The anthem ended the congregation shall kneel for the prayers. The Lesser Litany Vesicles and Responses shall be sung by the Minor Cannon and the Choirs.
Lord have mercy upon us
Christ have mercy upon us
Lord have mercy upon us
V. O Lord save Thy servant and Thy handmaid
R. Who put their trust in Thee
V. O Lord send them help from Thy holy place
R. And evermore defend them
V. Be unto them a tower of strength
R. From the face of their enemy
V. O Lord hear our prayer
R. And let our cry come unto Thee
The Right Reverend and Right Honorable The Lord Coggan shall say:
Heavenly Father, we thank you that in our early lives you speak to us of eternal life: we pray that through their marriage, Charles and Diana may know You more clearly, love You more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen
The Cardinal Archbishop Of Westminster will say:
Almighty God, You send Your Holy Spirit to be life and light to all of Your people. Open the hearts of these your children to the riches of His grace, that they may bring forth the fruits of the Spirit in love, joy, and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen
The Moderator Of The General Assembly Of The Church Of Scotland will say:
Heavenly Father, maker of all things, you enable us to share in your work of creation. Bless this couple in the gift and care of children, that their home may be a place of love, security, and truth, and their children may grow up to know You and love You in Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
The Reverend Harry Williams will say:
O God, You who are the giver of all happiness because You are the giver of all love, we thank and praise Your name for the love you have given to these your servants, Charles, Prince Of Wales, and Diana, Princess Of Wales. Bless and enrich them in their joy; grant that they may continually grow in their understanding and support of one another so that their home may be to them a sanctuary where they may ever be made new; supply them with the resources they will need to meet the great responsibilities that will fall upon them in their life of service to this Kingdom and Commonwealth; and when, as all people must, they have to go through times of hardship and trial, give them the strength to bring them through victoriously. We thank you for all they mean to us, and will do for us. And as we rejoice in their happiness, grant us all to see that it is in the service of your self-giving love alone, that true happiness can be found, as was shown through Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Then shall he lead the congregation in saying:
OUR Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done, on Earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
Then the Archbishop may add,
O GOD, who hast so consecrated the state of Matrimony that in it is rep resented the spiritual marriage and unity betwixt Christ and his Church; Look mercifully upon these thy servants, that they may love, honour, and cherish each other, and so live together in faithfulness and patience, in wisdom and true godliness, that their home may be a haven of blessing and of peace; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.
Then continue with the Blessing of the Couple:
Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Pour upon you the riches of His grace, sanctify and bless you, that you ay please Him in both body and soul, and live together in holy love unto your lives. end. Amen
The congregation standing, all shall sing the following hymn:
I Vow To Thee My Country
Words: Cecil A Spring Rice 1918
Music: ?Thaxted?, Gustav T. Holst, 1921
I vow to thee, my country?all earthly things above?
Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love;
The love that asks no question, the love that stands the test,
That lays upon the altar the dearest and the best;
The love that never falters, the love that pays the price,
The love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice.
And there's another country, I've heard of long ago;
Most dear to them that love her, most great to them that know;
We may not count her armies, we may not see her King;
Her fortress is a faithful heart, her pride is suffering;
And soul by soul and silently her shining bounds increase,
And her ways are ways of gentleness, and all her paths are peace.
All shall kneel and the Archbishop of Canterbury shall pronounce the Blessing.
God the Holy Trinity make you strong in faith and love, defend you on every side, and guide you in truth and peace; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen
All shall stand to sing the NATIONAL ANTHEM
God save our gracious Queen,
Long live our noble Queen,
God save the Queen;
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us,
God save the Queen.
Thy choicest gifts in store
On her be pleased to pour;
Long may she reign;
May she defend our laws
And ever give us cause
To sing with heart and voice
God save the Queen.
Then shall the Archbishop of Canterbury precede the Bride and Bridegroom to the Dean?s Aisle for the signing of the Register.
During the Procession shall be played the March from the Overture to the Occasional Oratory by George Frederic Handel
The Dean with the Bishop of London will conduct HM Queen Elizabeth II, HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Consort, and those who are to sign the Register to the Dean?s Aisle
During the signing of the Register, there shall be sung, by Miss Kiri Te Kanawa and the Bach Choir with Mr. John Wallace (trumpet) and orchestra,
An Aria and Chorus from Samson by George Frederic Handel "Let The Bright Seraphim"
Let the bright Seraphim in burning row
Their loud uplifted angel-trumpets blow
Let the Cherubic host, in tuneful choirs
Touch their immortal harps with golden wires
Let their celestial concerts all unite;
Ever to sound His praise in endless morn of light.
After the signing of the Register, a fanfare shall be sounded and an orchestra shall play Crown Imperial by William Walton and the Prince and Princess of Wales will bow and curtsey to HM Queen Elizabeth II.
Recessional: Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4 in G by Edward Elgar
The Royal Couple emerge from St.Paul's Cathedral
The Carriage Procession of the Royal Couple leaves for Buckingham Palace
The Queen's Carriage Procession leaves for Buckingham Palace
The Queen, the Bride and Bridegroom and the families of the Royal Couple appear on the balcony at Buckingham Palace
The Royal Family, the Bride's family and close friends retire for the Wedding Breakfast
After the conclusion of the wedding breakfast, the Prince and Princess of Wales will travel by State Landau to Waterloo Station, where they will board the Royal Train and travel to Broadlands, former home of Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten, Great Uncle of the Groom, for the beginning of their honeymoon,
The second leg of their honeymoon will be a sailing trip aboard the royal yacht Britannia.