Time table, procession, prayers and vows of the Royal Wedding

Here is the TIMETABLE for the events during the Royal Wedding

Remember, Hawaii is 11 hours behind London time. So if it is 11 a.m. in London, it is midnight in Hawaii.


11.00 a.m.         The Marriage Service

12.15 - 12:30 p.m.

The Carriage Procession of the Bride and Bridegroom with

a Captain's Escort of the Household Cavalry, followed by

The Queen's Procession with a Sovereign's Escort of the

Household Cavalry, leaves Westminister Abbey for

Buckingham Palace

1.15 p.m.          The Queen and the Bride and Bridegroom with their

Families appear on the Balcony

1.30 p.m.          Fly Past



29th April, 2011 11.00 a.m.

The service is conducted by The Very Reverend Dr. John Hall, Dean of Westminister.

The marriage is solemnized by The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr. Rowan Williams,

The Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate of All England and Metropolitan.


Before the Service, the bells of the Abbey Church are rung.

The service is sung by the Choirs of Westminister Abbey and Her Majesty's Chapel Royal, St. James's Palace, conducted by Mr. James O'Donnel, Organist and Master of the Choristers, Westminister Abbey.

The organ is played by Mr. Robert Quinney, Sub-Organist, Westminister Abbey.

The State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry are conducted by Trumpet Major Grant Sewell-Jones,

Band of The Blues and Royals.

The Central Band of the Royal Air Force is directed by Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs,

Principal Director of Music, Royal Air Force. The Fanfare Valiant and Brave, after the motto of

No. 22 Squadron (Search and Rescue Helicopters), was specially composed for this service

By Wing Commander Stubbs.


Mr. James McVinnie, Assistant Organist, Westminister Abbey, will play.

The London Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Mr. Christopher Warren-Green, will play.


The Bridegroom and Prince Henry of Wales will be received at the Great West Door by the Dean and Chapter of Westminister and escorted to the Lantern.



The Choir of Her Majesty's Chapel Royal

The Choir of Westminister Abbey

The Organist and Master of the Choristers

A fanfare is sounded for the entrance of THE QUEEN.

The London Chamber Orchestra plays:

March from The Birds                                                                 Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)


The Dean's Verger

The Dean of Westminister

The Duchess of Cornwall                                                           The Prince of Wales

The Duke of Edinburgh                                                           THE QUEEN

The Sub-Organist plays:

Prelude on Rhosymedre                                                                                 Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)


A Verger

The Lord Bishop of London and Dean of Her Majesty's Chapels Royal

The Primatial Cross of Canterbury

The Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate of All England and Metropolitan

A Verger

The Cross of Westminister and Taperers

The Chaplains

The Minor Canons of Westminister

The Canons' Verger

The Canons of Westminister


The Bride, accompanied by her father, enters the Great West Door, is met by the Dean and is joined by the Bridesmaids and Pages.


During which THE INTROIT is sung

I was glad when they said unto me: We will go into the house of the Lord.

Our feet shall stand in thy gates: O Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is builded as a city: that is at unity in itself.

O pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

Peace be within thy walls: and plenteousness within thy palaces.

Charles Hubert Hastings Parry                                                                                  Psalm 122: 1-3, 6-7

The Dean's Verger

The Dean of Westminister

Mr. Michael Middleton                                                       THE BRIDE

Miss Eliza Lopes         Miss Philippa Middleton           Miss Grace van Cutsem

The Lady Louise                                                          The Honourable

Mountbatten-Windsor                                              Margarita Armstrong-Jones

Master Tom Pettifer                                           Master William Lowther-Pinkerton

All sing


Guide me, O thou great Redeemer,

Pilgrim through this barren land;

I am weak, but thou art mighty;

Hold me with thy powerful hand:

Bread of heaven,

Feed me till I want no more.

Open now the crystal fountain

Whence the healing stream doth flow;

Let the fiery cloudy pillar

Lead me all my journey through:

Strong Deliverer,

Be thou still my strength and shield.

When I tread the verge of Jordan,

Bid my anxious dears subside;

Death of death, and hell's Destruction,

Land me safe on Canaan's side:

Songs of praises

I will ever give to thee.

Cwn Rhondda                                                                                                William Williams (1717-91)

John Hughes (1873-1932)                                                           translated by Peter Williams (1727-96) and others

Arranged by James O'Donnel (b1961

The Dean gives


Dearly beloved, we are gathered here in the sight of God, and in the face of this congregation,

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, 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 his children

might be brought up in the fear and nurture of the Lord, and to 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 alright; that those who are called of God to this holy estate,

should continue therein in pureness of living.

Thirdly, It was orgained 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 any just cause why they may not lawfully be joined together, let

him now speak, or else hereafter for ever hold his peace.

The Archbishop of Canterbury says to Prince William and Catherine,

I require and charge you both, as ye will answer at the dreadful day of judgement 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 are couple together otherwise than God's word doth allow are not joined together

by God; neither is their Matrimony lawful.


The Archbishop says to Prince William,

William Arthur Philip Louis, wilt thou have this woman to thy wedded wife, to live together

according to God's law in the holy estate of Matrimony? Wilt though love her, comfort her, honour

and keep her, in sickness and in health? and, forsaking all other, keep thee only unto her, so long

as ye both shall live?

He answers,

I will.

The Archbishop says to Catherine,

Catherine Elizabeth, wilt thou have this man to thy wedded husband, to live together according

to 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 other, keep thee only unto him, so long as

ye both shall live?

She answers,

I will.

The Archbishop continues,

Who giveth this woman to be married to this man?

The Archbishop receives Catherine from her father's hand. Taking Catherine's right hand,

Prince William says after the Archbishop,

I, William Arthur Philip Louis, take thee, Catherine Elizabeth, 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.

The loose hands. Catherine, taking Prince William by his right hand, says after the Archbishop,

I, Catherine Elizabeth, take thee, William Arthur Philip Louis, 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.

They loose hands. The Archbishop blesses the ring,

Bless, O Lord, this ring and grant that he who gives it and she who shall wear it may remain

faithful to each other, and abide in thy peace and favour, and live together in love until their

lives' end. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prince William takes the ring and places it upon the fourth finger of Catherine's left hand.

Prince William says,

With this ring I thee wed; with my body I thee honour; and all my worldly goods with thee I

share: in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

The Couple kneels. The Archbishop says,

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, they may surely perform and keep the vow and

covenant betwixt them made, wereof 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.

The Archbishop joins their right hands together and says,

Those whom God hath joined together let no man put asunder.

The Archbishop addresses the Congregation,

Forasmuch as William and Catherine 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 of a ring, and by joining

of hands; I pronounce that they be man and wife together, In the name of the Father, and of the

Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

The Archbishop continues,

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.


All sing


Love divine, all loves excelling,

joy of heaven, to earth come down,

fix in us thy humble dwelling,

all thy faithful mercies crown.

Jesu, thou art all compassion,

pure unbounded love thou art;

visit us with thy salvation,

enter every trembling heart.

Come, almighty to deliver,

let us all thy life receive;

suddenly return, and never,

never more thy temples leave.

Thee we would be always blessing,

serve thee as thy hosts above,

pray, and praise thee, without ceasing,

glory in thy perfect love.

Finish then thy new creation,

pure and spotless let us be;

let us see thy great salvation,

perfectly restored in thee,

changed from glory into glory,

till in heaven we take our place,

till we cast our crowns before thee,

lost in wonder, love and praise!

Blaenwern                                                                                                         Charles Wesley (1707-88)

William Penfro Rowlands (1860-1937)

arranged by James O'Donnell

Mr James Middleton reads,


I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God - what is good and acceptable and perfect. Let love be genuine; hate what is evil , hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with you another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.

Romans 12: 1,2,9-18

The Choirs sing


This is the day which the Lord hath made: we will rejoice and be glad in it.

O praise the Lord of heaven: praise him in the height.

Praise him, all ye angels of his: praise him, all his host.

Praise him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars and light.

Let them praise the Name of the Lord.

For he shall give his angels charge over thee: to keep thee in all thy ways.

So that the sun shall not urn thee by day: neither the moon by night.

The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: it is even he that shall keep thy soul.

The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in: from this time forth for evermore.

He shall defend thee under his wings.

Be strong and he shall comfort thine heart, and put thou thy trust in the Lord.

John Rutter (b 1945)                                                                                                   Psalms 118:24; 148: 1-3, 5a;

Specially commissioned                                                                                             91:4a, 11;121: 5-8; 27:16b

By the Dean and Chapter of Westminster for this service


The Right Reverend and Right Honorable Dr, Richard Chartres, K.C.V.O

Lord Bishop of London and Dean of Her Majesty's Chapels Royal

The Couple move to the High Altar as the Choirs sing


Ube caritas et emor, Deus ibi est. Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor. Exsultemus et in ipso jucundemur. Timeamus et amemus Deum vivum. Et ex corde diligamus nos sincere. Amen.

Wherever charity and love are to be found, God is there. The love of Christ has brought us together as one. Let us rejoice and be glad in him. Let us fear and love the living God and let us love one another with sincerity our heart. Amen.

Paul Mealor  (b 1975)                                                                                                                   after 1 John 4

The Rights to the translation of The Motet are vested in The Dean and Chapter of Westminster and has been reproduced with their permission.

The Precentor says


Let us pray.

Lord, have mercy upon us.

Christ, have mercy upon us.

Lord, have mercy upon us.

Our Father, which art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy name;

Thy kingdom come;

Thy will be done,

In earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive them that trespass against us,

And lead us not into temptation;

But deliver us from evil. Amen.

O Lord, save thy servant, and thy handmaid;

Who put their trust in thee.

O Lord, send them help from thy holy place;

And evermore defend them

Be unto them a tower of strength;

From the face of their enemy.

O Lord, hear our prayer;

And let our cry come unto thee.

The Dean and Archbishop say,

O God of our fathers, bless these thy servants, and sow the seed of eternal life in their hearts; that whatsoever in thy holy Word they shall profitably learn, they may in deed fulfill the same; that so, obeying thy will, and being in safety under thy protection, they may ablde in thy love unto their lives end; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O merciful Lord and heavenly Father, by whose gracious gift mankind if increased; bestow, we beseech them upon these two persons the heritage and gift of children; and grant that they may see their children Christianly and virtuously brought up to thy praise and honor, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O God, who hast taught us that it should never be lawful to put asunder those whom thou by Matrimony hadst made one and hast consecrated the state of Matrimony to such as excellent mystery, that in it signified and represent the spiritual marriage and unity betwixt Christ and his Church: look mercifully upon these thy servant, that both this man may love his wife according to thy Word (as Christ did love his spouse the Church, who gave himself for it, loving and cherishing it even as his own flesh), and also that this woman may be loving and amiable and faithful to her husband, and in all quietness sobriety and peace, be a follower of holy and godly matrons. O Lord bless them both and grant them to inherit thy everlasting kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almightly God, the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ , pour upon you the riches of  his grace, sanctify and bless you, that ye may please him both in body and soul, and live together in holy love unto your lives end. Amen.

All sing


And did those feet in ancient time

walk upon England's' mountains green?

And was the holy Lamb of God

on England's pleasant pastures see?

And did the countenance divine

shine forth upon our clouded hills?

And was Jerusalem builded here

among those dark satanic mills?

Bring me my bow of burning gold!

Bring me my arrows of desire!

Bring me my spear! O clouds, unfold!

Bring me my chariot of fire!

I will not cease from mental fight,

Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand,

Till we have built Jerusalem

In England's green and pleasant land.

Jerusalem                                                                                                           William Blake (1757-1827)

Charles Hubert Hastings Parry

Arranged by Edward Elgar (1857-1934)

The Dean pronounces


Let us pray.

O almighty Lord, and everlasting God, vouchsafe, we beseech thee, to direct, sanctify and govern both our hearts and bodies, in ways of thy laws and in the works of thy commandments; that through thy most mighty protection, both here and ever, we may be preserved in body and soul; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

The blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you and remain with you always.

The Choir Sing


A Fanfare is sounded. All sing.


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.

Arranged by Gordon Jacob (1895- 1984)

The Bride and Bridegroom and their witnesses move to the Shrine of St. Edward the Confessor for the signing of the Marriage Registers.

The Choirs sing


During which 'The Procession of the Clergy moves to the Great West Door'

Blest pair of Sirens, pledges of heaven's joy

Sphere-born harmonious sisters, Voices and verse,

wed your divine sounds and mixed power employ,

dead things with inbreathed sense able to pierce;

and to our high-raised phantasy present

that undisturbed song of pure consent,

aye sung before the sapphire colored throne

to him that sits thereon.

with saintly shout, and solemn jubilee,

where the bright Seraphim in burning row

their uplifted angel-trumpets blow,

and the cherubic host in thousand quires

touch their immortal harps of golden wires,

with those just spirits that wear victorious palms,

hymns devout and holy psalms

singing everlastingly:

That we on earth with undiscording voice

May rightly answer that melodious noise;

As once we did, till disproportioned sin

Jarred against natures chime and with the harsh din

Broke the fair music that all creatures made

To their great Lord, whose love their motion swayed

In perfect diapason, whilst they stood

In first obedience, and their state of good.

O may we soon again renew that song,

and keep in tune with heaven,

till God ere long

to his celestial concert us unite,

to live with him, and sing in endless morn of light.

Charles Hubert Hastings Parry                                                                                                    John Milton (1608-74)

'At a Solemn Musick'

The fanfare is sounded

The London Chamber Orchestra plays

Crown Imperial                                                                                                                      William Walton (1902-83)



The Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor                                       The Honourable Margarita Armstrong-Jones

Master Tom Pettifer                                                                         Master William Lowther- Pinkerton

Miss Philippa Middleton                                                                  Prince Henry of Wales

Mrs Michael Middleton                                                                   The Prince of Wales

Mr Michael Middleton                                                                     The Duchess of Cornwall

The Path from the Great West Door to the West Gate of the Abbey is lined by twenty-four Members of the Armed Forces.


The Dean's Verger

The Dean

The Duke of Edinburgh


The bells of the Abbey Church are rung.


The Carriage Procession of the Bride and Bridegroom with a Captain's Escort of the Household Cavalry, followed by The Queen's Procession with a Sovereign's Escort of the Household Cavalry, leaves Westminster Abbey for the reception at Buckingham Palace.

Mounted Police

1st Division of the

Captain's Escort

First Carriage

(1902 State Landau)



2nd Division of the

Captain's Escort

Second Carriage

(Ascot Landau)

Prince Henry of Wales

The Lady Louise

Mountbatten- Windsor

Miss Eliza Lopes

Master Tom Pettifer

Third Carriage

(Ascot Landau)

Miss Philippa Middleton

Master William

Lowther Pinkerton

The Hon. Margarita


Miss Grace van Cutsem

1st Division  of the

Sovereigns Escort

2nd Division of the

Sovereign's Escort

First Carriage

(Semi-State Landau)


The Duke of Edinburgh

3rd Division of the

Sovereign's Escort

Second Carriage

(Semi-State Landau)

The Prince of Wales

The Dutchess of Cornwall

Mr. Michael Middleton

Mrs Michael Middleton

4th Division of the

Sovereign's Escort

Mounted Police

Crown Equerry

During the reception at Buckingham Palace, Her Majesty The Queen and the Bridge and Bridegroom with their Families will appear on the Balcony. There will be a Fly Past by aircraft of the Royal Air Force and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. Members of Her Majesty's Government, Guests from Parliament, the Devolved Administrations and Chief Ministers of British Overseas Territories and Members of the Diplomatic Corps will depart from the Abbey for a reception at Lancaster house.