New image of royal couple released in official program

The official program for the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton has been released. TODAY's Ann Curry reports from Westminster Abbey.

Photos of Prince William and Kate Middleton are always in high demand.  So it was with excitement that the media greeted a newly-released photo taken by celebrity photographer Mario Testino, who also worked with the pair in their now famous engagement shoot.

The black and white close up features William and Kate dressed in identical white shirts with big smiles on their faces. It was included in the official, 25-page wedding program, which began with a heartfelt message from the William and Kate.


"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," they wrote. "The affection shown to us by so many people during our engagement has been incredibly moving, and has touched us both deeply."

In addition to the couple’s signed personal message, the program includes the full order of the service, with the music and hymns chosen by William and Kate, the procession and the couple’s vows.

The publication of the program has also put to rest once and for all the debate on whether Kate will say “obey” in her vows. William’s mother Diana did not include "obey" in her vows to Prince Charles, although Queen Elizabeth, Sarah Ferguson and Sophie Rhys-Jones, who married Prince Edward in 1999, did include the controversial word.

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