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12 October 2018, 12:19 | Updated: 12 October 2018, 12:26
This morning, Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli performed at the royal wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, alongside the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Andrea Bocelli performed at Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding this morning (12 October) at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.
He performed Ave Maria by Bach, arranged by Gounod and Panis Angelicus by César Franck.
The ceremony, broadcast live on ITV, also featured a personal prayer written by Archbishop of York, John Sentamu.
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Bocelli's performance was accompanied by members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO). Princess Eugenie has a personal link with the orchestra because her father, Prince Andrew, is the ensemble’s patron.
James Williams, the RPO’s managing director, said in a press release: “It has been a great pleasure to work with HRH Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank to plan the music for their special day and we wish the couple much happiness for their future together.”
The Director of Music at St George’s Chapel, James Vivian, wrote descants for two of the hymns that were sung during the service.
Vivian was also the Director of Music at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, which took place in the same venue.
In a nod to the groom Jack Brooksbank’s military family history, state trumpeters from the band of the Household Cavalry performed a fanfare. Brooksbank’s great-grandfather, Sir Jack Coke, was an officer in the Scots Guards.
At the end of the ceremony, the newlywed couple left the chapel and were greeted by a line of Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards. Pipers from the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland played, as the royal couple set off on a carriage ride through Windsor.