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Princess Beatrice and Charles Brooksbank give readings during wedding ceremony

Princess Beatrice and Charles Brooksbank have given readings during the wedding ceremony at St George’s Chapel this morning. The readings took place after a beautiful rendition of Ave Maria by Andrea Bocelli.

Charles Brooksbank, a cousin to the groom, read first from St Paul’s Letter to the Colossians Chapter 3 verses 12-16:

As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.

Princess Beatrice, the bride’s older sister, read next from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald:

He smiled understandingly-much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced–or seemed to face–the whole eternal world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favour. It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself, and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey. Precisely at that point it vanished — and I was looking at an elegant young rough-neck, a year or two over thirty, whose elaborate formality of speech just missed being absurd. Some time before he introduced himself I’d got a strong impression that he was picking his words with care.

Andrea Bocelli then performed with the orchestra once again ahead of the Address by the Right Reverend David Conner, KCVO, Dean of Windsor.

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