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William and Kate's Wedding Vows

What the Royal Couple Promised Each Other at the Altar

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William and Kate's Wedding Vows
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When Prince William and Kate stood at the altar of Westminster Abbey on April 29th, they exchanged traditional wedding vows with one slight twist: She didn't say the word "Obey."

Though the American Episcopalian Church voted to remove the word "Obey" from the Book of Common Prayer, the rest of the Anglican Church's BCP still includes it. However, couples are allowed to customize their wedding vows, and that's exactly what Prince William and his bride Catherine did.

Their Full Wedding Vows

An Excerpt from Their Wedding Program

The Archbishop says to Prince William,
William Arthur Philip Louis, wilt thou have this woman to thy wedded wife, to live together according to God’s law in the holy estate of Matrimony? Wilt thou love her, comfort her, honour and keep her, in sickness and in health? and, forsaking all other, keep thee only unto her, so long as ye both shall live?

He answers,
I will.

The Archbishop says to Catherine,
Catherine Elizabeth, 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, honour and keep him, in sickness and in health? and, forsaking all other, keep thee only unto him, so long as ye both shall live?

She answers,
I will.

The Archbishop continues,
Who giveth this woman to be married to this man?

The Archbishop receives Catherine from her father’s hand. Taking Catherine’s right hand, Prince William says after the Archbishop,
I, William Arthur Philip Louis, take thee, Catherine Elizabeth, to my wedded wife, 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 us do part, according to God’s holy law; and thereto I give thee my troth.

They loose hands. Catherine, taking Prince William by his right hand, says after the Archbishop,
I, Catherine Elizabeth, take thee, William Arthur Philip Louis, to my wedded 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 us do part, according to God’s holy law; and thereto I give thee my troth.

They loose hands. The Archbishop blesses the ring,
Bless, O Lord, this ring, and grant that he who gives it and she who shall wear it may remain faithful to each other, and abide in thy peace and favour, and live together in love until their lives’ end. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prince William takes the ring and places it upon the fourth finger of Catherine’s left hand. Prince William says,
With this ring I thee wed; with my body I thee honour; and all my worldly goods with thee I share: in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Read the Rest of Their Wedding Program

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