Coptic Archbishop of UK gives prayer at royal wedding
CAIRO – 20 May 2018: Representing Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church in the UK, Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London Anba Angaelos gave a prayer at the wedding of the British Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle in Windsor on Saturday.
Britain's Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle were announced husband and wife on Saturday by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Markle entered the chapel unescorted, dressed in a flowing white gown created by British designer Clare Waight Keller and wearing a veil and diamond tiara, according to Reuters.
“In a ceremony that combined modernity and the ancient rituals of a royal house that dates back to 1066, Prince Charles, heir to the throne and Harry's father, accompanied Markle to the altar from the middle of the chapel.”
Angaelos is the first Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London, having served as General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom since 1999.
According to Angaelos’ biography, “his Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of Saint Mark, has also seen it fit that he continue representing the Church in the United Kingdom at the ecumenical and official level as Papal Legate, and thus conferred him with the ecclesial title of Archbishop of London.”
Britain's Prince Harry arrived for his wedding wearing the frock-coat uniform of the Blues and Royals, Kensington Palace said.
The 33-year-old grandson of Queen Elizabeth waved to well-wishers as he arrived at St George's Chapel in Windsor in the dark blue uniform with his brother and best man, Prince William, who was dressed the same.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex depart Windsor Castle for a reception hosted by The Prince of Wales at Frogmore House, in a silver blue Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero. This vehicle was originally manufactured in 1968, and has since been converted to electric power #RoyalWedding pic.twitter.com/hRrxEUlFlJ— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 19, 2018
Karen Gibson, an award-winning choir conductor and workshop leader, and the Kingdom Choir sang "Stand by me" from the West End of the chapel in an astonishing performance.