Royal wedding: Official program, new picture of Kate and William released

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Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s official wedding program was released Thursday on the royal wedding’s official website.

Available for download as a souvenir for enthusiasts worldwide as a PDF or iBook, the guide offers a complete run-of-show, announcing the processional order for William; his father, Charles, Prince of Wales; her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II; the bridal party; and Catherine, on the arm of father Michael Middleton.

‘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,’ the pair writes at the top of the 13-page missive from St. James’s Palace.

‘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 conclude, signing off informally with their first names.


The program is accompanied by a new shot of the couple by Mario Testino, longtime friend of William’s late mother, Princesss Diana, the same man who photographed Kate and the prince’s engagement protraits. And yes, he’s on the guest list.

See the program here.

[For the record, 2:30 p.m. April 28: This post originally referred to Queen Elizabeth II as ‘her royal highness.’ The proper term to refer to the queen is ‘her majesty.’ Thanks to commenter @Richard Grand for the catch.]


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Top photo: Prince William and Catherine Middleton. Credit: Mario Testino / St. James’s Palace.

Left photo: Cover of the official program.