Kate won't vow to obey William: programme
Kate Middleton will not promise to obey Prince William in her wedding vows on Friday, echoing William's mother Princess Diana 30 years ago, the official wedding programme reveals.
The 29-year-old bride-to-be, who has been in a relationship with William for eight years, will instead pledge to "love, comfort, honour and keep" him, according to the order of service printed in the programme.
Diana made a similar vow when she married heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles in 1981, unlike several other royals including Queen Elizabeth II. Diana and Charles divorced in 1996 and she died in a car crash in 1997.
The souvenir programme, unveiled on the eve of the wedding, also contains a message from the couple saying it will be "one of the happiest days of our lives".
They add that they have been "incredibly moved" by the public support shown in the run-up to the wedding, which more than half a million people are expected to line the streets of London to see.
"We are both so delighted that you are able to join us in celebrating what we hope will be one of the happiest days of our lives," the message reads.
"The affection shown to us by so many people during our engagement has been incredibly moving, and has touched us both deeply. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone most sincerely for their kindness."
A new black and white portrtait of the couple by photographer Mario Testino -- a guest at the wedding -- also features in the programme.
The close-up shot shows William and Kate both wearing matching open-necked white shirts and are smiling broadly, with Kate leaning towards William.
© 2011 AFP