William and Kate "deeply touched" by well-wishers
By Michael Holden
LONDON (Reuters) - Prince William and his bride-to-be Kate Middleton said they were deeply touched by the outpouring of affection sparked by their wedding which will take place on Friday amid pomp and pageantry in Westminster Abbey.
Their message of thanks to well-wishers worldwide came as details were released on Thursday of the wedding service that will combine the ancient traditions of the monarchy with a sense of modernity to reflect the times.
In the service, Middleton will not promise to "obey" William as part of her wedding vows in front of a congregation gathering royals, politicians, celebrities and friends at which his mother the late Princess Diana will be conspicuous by her absence.
"We are both so delighted that you are able to join us in celebrating what we hope will be one of the happiest days of our lives," William, the second in line to the throne, and Kate wrote in a statement printed in an official souvenir program.
"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," they said in the program released on Thursday.
The music for the service reflects much of the couple's planning for the event which will include Welsh hymns illustrating their connection to Wales. William's father Prince Charles, the future king, is the Prince of Wales.
"The music has a largely British theme. The Couple have put considerable thought into selecting the music, and their choices blend traditional music with some newly commissioned pieces," William's office said in a statement.
On Thursday morning, Middleton, 29, along with William's younger brother and best man Prince Harry but not her future husband had a final wedding rehearsal at the abbey, accompanied by some of her family, bridesmaids and page boys. Continued...