11-yr-old Carl Adebare Adekola, a member of St Thomas of Canterbury in Grays, is set to become the the first Nigerian to to sing at the Royal wedding
Carl Adekola, is a Royal Chorister, singing at St George’s Chapel on a daily basis whilst attending St George’s Windsor Castle Prep.
Music is expected to have a starring role at the Royal wedding this Saturday, to make the day as special as possible for Prince Harry and Meghan. The choir are not the only youngsters making an appearance – 19-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, of Britain’s Got Talent fame, will also be playing.
Gospel stars The Kingdom Choir will perform and will be led by conductor Karen Gibson. As if two choirs wasn’t enough, Meghan and Harry will also have an orchestra playing – led by conductor Christopher Warren-Green.
Welsh soprano singer Elin Manahan Thomas will accompany the orchestra – as well trumpeter David Blackadder.
Luke Bond’s on the organ, and the State Trumpeters, from the Band of the Household Cavalry, will provide ‘ceremonial support’. Later this morning Meghan Markle’s mum Doria Ragland will travel with her by car to Windsor Castle.
Guests will be arriving between 09.30am and 11.00am, and members of the Royal Family will begin to arrive from 11.20am. They will enter St George’s Chapel via the Galilee Porch, by foot or car.
Meghan and Harry’s marriage ceremony is due to start at 12pm. The couple will tie the knot at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, in front of 800 guests.
Mr Thomas Markle, Meghan’s dad, was expected to walk her down the aisle but was unable to take on the role after he suffered a heart attack. Meghan released an official statement via Kensington Palace on May 17, which confirmed her father will not be attending the ceremony in order to “focus on his health”. Instead, Prince Charles will walk the bride down the aisle – although Meghan will make the first half of the journey alone, entering the chapel unaccompanied.
Lady Jane Fellowes will give the reading, and all three siblings of Diana, Princess of Wales, will be in attendance. The Dean of Windsor will conduct the service and The Archbishop of Canterbury will officiate as the couple make their vows.
The service is expected to take around an hour. You can watch the action on ITV, between 9.25am and 3pm, and on BBC from 9am until 2pm. Sky One is also covering the event from 9am to 3pm.