LONDON — Prince William and Kate Middleton’s official wedding program — which includes the full order of service — has been released by St. James’s Palace, and includes a personal message from the couple.

On the inside cover, signed by both “William” and “Catherine,” the couple writes: “The affection shown to us by so many people during our engagement has been incredibly moving, and has touched us both deeply. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone most sincerely for their kindness.”


The program also includes a newly released black and white image of the couple by Mario Testino, in which they’re both wearing white shirts and smiling.

The music for the service will have “a largely British theme,” St. James’ Palace noted on its Royal Wedding Web site. The service will feature pieces by Edward Elgar and Benjamin Britten, and hymns including “Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer,” and “Love Divine All Love Excelling” will be sung. 


Meanwhile James Middleton, Kate’s brother, will read the lesson from the Bible, taken from Romans Chapter 12, which focuses on the concept of unfeigned love.

The palace said 150,000 copies of the program will be sold at London locations near Buckingham Palace on Friday by Explorer Scouts and Cadets, for 2 pounds, or $3.30, a copy.


The sale of the programs will benefit The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry, the princes’ charitable foundation.

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