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Classical new release: "The Royal Wedding: The Official Album"

On May 19, 2018 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were wed in St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.  They are now known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. For the first time in history, all of the music, readings, blessings and vows were recorded and made available on streaming services. The physical album is now also available. 

The music on the album includes performances by The Kingdom Choir, the Choir of St. George's Chapel, soprano Elin Manahan Thomas, trumpeter David Blackadder, organist Luke Bond and the State Trumpeters from the Band of the Household Cavalry. The young British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason also performed and shot to international stardom for his role in the ceremony. 

This recording on Decca Records joins those of the 2011 wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the 1997 funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, and the 1981 wedding of the Prince and Princess of Wales. A portion of the album sales will be donated to The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, which supports philanthropic activities and program.

Dr. Amanda Sewell is IPR's music director.