Canada's reveals its royal wedding gift


An official photo Prince William and Kate Middleton by Mario Testino is part of the royal wedding program that was released Thursday.

Canada will be donating $50,000 to the Canadian Coast Guard Auxilary as the country's gift for the royal wedding.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife will also be giving a "personal gift of outdoor equipment," the Prime Minister's Office said in a release.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary is one of the charities on the list that Prince William and Kate Middleton targeted for donations in lieu of wedding gifts.

"The donation of $50,000 by the Government of Canada will allow the organization’s volunteers to carry out their mission, which is to offer—day and night—a permanent search and rescue program to meet the needs of Canada’s marine services, as well as to prevent injuries or loss of human life at sea," the PMO release said. "Through its search and rescue and nautical safety programs, this not-for-profit organization assists the Coast Guard and the Department of National Defence"

Brochure In other wedding news on the eve of the big day, the official program of the royal wedding has been released, complete with a thank-you message from Prince William and Kate 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," reads the message in the 27-page book. "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 the service includes full details on the processions, music, hymns, prayers and reading.

"I Was Glad", written by Sir Charles Hubet Hastings Parry,'' will be the first music heard when Middleton begins her walk down the aisle.  It was orginally heard at the coronation of Edward VI in 1902.

The vows include: "I (groom/bride's name), take thee (bride/groom's name) to my wedded wife/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 do us part, according to God's holy law; and thereto I give thee my throth."

There will by one reading, delivered by James Middleton, the bride's brother, from the book of Romans> "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."

They hymn program for the hour-long service include the marriage standards — "Guide me, O thou great redeemer," ''Love divine, all loves excelling" and "Jerusalem."

"Guide me, O thou great redeemer" was also the final hymn at Princess Diana's funeral in Westminster Abbey in 1997.

"Crown Imperial," by William Walton, is the final piece of music as the couple walks down the aisle.

 The program is available for download here.



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These two individuals are human beings just like the rest of us. They are no different. All the greed, gluttony and money that is going to be made over this fiasco is ridiculous. Not to mention all the pollution that will be generated, from air pollution (all the airplanes) to garbage. Aah yes, the sheeple of the world are ever gullible. Even Princess Diana herself developed a great disdain for the "Royal" Family and was desperate to free herself from all the BS that it actually represents.

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