Prime Minister David Cameron said the event would be a moment of celebration amid Britain’s tough period of austerity measures. His coalition government is carrying out 81 billion pounds ($135 million) worth of spending cuts through 2015, which are expected to cut hundreds of thousands of government jobs and sharply hike tuition fees.
The wedding would bring “happiness and joy and light relief after some difficult times,” Cameron told Katie Couric on CBS.
“I think British people … we feel very deeply about the monarchy and the institution, so it’s that mixture of the good looking prince and the beautiful princess, but it’s so much more than that,” he said. “It’s this institution that’s helped bind the country together. And it’s got this amazing history that goes way, way back.”
Other wedding details began to emerge. The wedding program showed that Middleton will not promise to “obey” her new husband in her vows but instead to “love, comfort, honor and keep” him.
Middleton will walk up the aisle at the Abbey to the sounds of “I was glad,” the anthem setting of Psalm 122 composed by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry for the coronation of King Edward VII in 1902. The anthem was also sung at the wedding of William’s parents, Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana.
The hymns _ “Guide me, O thou great redeemer,” “Love divine, all loves excelling” and “Jerusalem” _ are standards at Church of England marriage ceremonies.
“Guide me, O thou great redeemer” was also the final hymn at Princess Diana’s funeral in Westminster Abbey in 1997.
“They spent a a lot of time listening to the music together on iPods,” said the royal functionary, speaking on condition of anonymity.
But as wedding excitement heated up, the weather in London started cooling down. Royal wedding fans may want to pack extra umbrellas, as forecasters are predicting it might rain.
The Meteorological Office says the day will start off relatively gray and dry with low clouds across London. Some sunny spells are expected in the morning but the chance of showers will rise to 30 percent around noon, the time when William and Kate will emerge from the Abbey a married couple.
Associated Press Writers Paisley Dodds, David Stringer, Jill Lawless, Robert Barr and Aaron Edwards contributed to this story.
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