The Royal Wedding Ceremony: What To Expect

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Prince William and Kate Middleton release a ceremony program and a new, official photo.

It's finally here: the day that Catherine "Waitie-Katie" Elizabeth Middleton has been patiently waiting for the past nine years! Prince William is going to put a ring on Kate Middleton and make an honest woman out of her. And although the ceremony is taking place at an ungodly hour (at least for those of us, stateside, who will be watching), the couple has released their official wedding program, which details what exactly will go down during the ceremony at Westminster Abbey, should you decide to sleep in.

Most notably, the couple did not write their own vows, as some British tabloids have speculated in the past few days, and instead have opted for a traditional ceremony with traditional religious vows and an emphasis on British-ness.

In keeping with the theme, Kate and William (with the help of Prince Charles, who is said to be a music buff) have chosen a selection of classical pieces from British composers, including one, entitled "Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer," which was sung at the funeral of William's late mother, Princess Diana, in 1997 and will be played again at the wedding in honor of her. Is Kate Middleton Trying Too Hard To Be Princess Di?

"Catherine is very familiar with classical music. She had a lot of input from the Prince of Wales. They spent a lot of time listening to the music together on iPods," said a palace insider to the Daily Mail.

Not to be left out, the bridge and groom will also pay tribute to Prince Charles and Camilla by choosing a song that is featured in the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall's wedding blessing.

According to the Daily Mail, there will be two choirs and an orchestra filling the Abbey with music during the ceremony, and the congregation will also engage in prayers for the couple, including one to "bless them" with children and for those future royal munchkins to be "virtuously brought up."

And although Kate, like Diana before her, opted to exclude the word "obey" from her vows, the wedding guests will still pray that she remains faithful to her husband and for William to "love and cherish his wife." (Note that vows don't expect the future king to be faithful!) Prince Harry Throws Prince William A Secret Bachelor Party

The couple also released a new black and white portrait, photographed by Mario Testino, which may just be our favorite photo of them yet.

Photo Credit: Mario Testino/The Daily Mai

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