London: Royal bride-to-be Kate Middleton has decided to take the modern version of marriage oath that does not include the commitment to ‘obey’ the husband, according to the prayer book of the Church of England.
 
As part of the revised version of the prayer book, the bride in Church of England weddings is asked to take one of two vows:  1. ‘(Wilt) thou have this man to thy wedded husband, to live together after God’s ordinance in the holy estate of Matrimony? Wilt thou obey him, and serve him, love, honor, and keep him in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all other, keep thee only unto him, so long as ye both shall
live?’

2. ‘(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, honor and keep him, in sickness and in health? and, forsaking all other, keep thee only unto him, so, long as ye both shall live?’  Kate has chosen the second version that does not include the word ‘obey’, according to details released on Thursday.

There has been much speculation whether she will choose the ‘obey’ version or not.

In a message on the eve of their wedding, Prince William and Kate on Thursday said: “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.”

They added: “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 order of service announced reveals that Kate will walk up the aisle in Westminster Abbey to a coronation anthem “I was glad” by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry from Psalm 122.

It was composed for the crowning of Prince William’s great-great-great grandfather Edward VII at Westminster Abbey in 1902.


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    Matthew Joseph, the council’s community and development officer, said: "What we want to do is get back to the feeling in the '50s with the Coronation and Charles and Diana’s wedding in the early ‘80s, where everyone came together.

“It’s about letting people know that we are here to help and that the process is not as daunting as they may think.”

Those opposed to the institution of monarchy have also planned events.

Republic, a group that campaigns for a democratic alternative to the monarchy, has organized ‘Not the royal wedding’ street party on Friday.

However, the police are likely to remove the group’s anti-monarchy posters.

Republic spokesperson Graham Smith said: “Republicans have every right to make their voice heard on the day of the royal wedding, and the police have a fundamental duty to protect that right. The idea that political dissent should be silenced in order to protect the image of the royals goes against every democratic principle.

(Agencies)