After 12 changes, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle didn’t listen to the final version of their wedding choir’s arrangement.
The royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex took place on May 19, 2018, in front of 600 guests at St. George’s Chapel and was broadcast to millions around the world. The bride wore a Givenchy gown with a boat neckline and a 16-foot veil, which was made of silk. The bandeau diamond tiara, which was designed for Queen Mary in 1932, was also worn by the former Suits star.
The wedding seemed to go off without a hitch, but the choir had to rework their version of “Stand By Me” a dozen times before the ceremony, per the couple’s wishes.
The conductor recalls being contacted about performing at Meghan and Harry’s wedding.
Karen Gibson, the Kingdom Choir’s conductor, revealed where she was when she received the call to perform at the Sussexes’ royal wedding.
“I was riding the 87 bus… ‘We’d like to invite you to sing at the royal wedding,’ a woman said to Gibson, according to The Norm (per The Express). “You’re kidding, right?” I asked. There was a pause in the conversation. “Oh, you’re not kidding at all,” I said, “but that was a crazy moment.”
Although Gibson has fond memories of receiving the news, she revealed that she had heard from a friend who worked at Clarence House — Prince Charles and wife Camilla Parker Bowles’ official residence — that she would be receiving a vital phone call. She wasn’t told what it was about, however.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, who denied marrying Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just days before the royal wedding, has sent a warning to the Duke of Edinburgh. The choir had to make a dozen adjustments to the original version of “Stand By Me.”
Gibson also discussed how he perfected the version of Ben E. King’s 1961 song “Stand By Me” for… This is a condensed version of the plot. I hope you found it entertaining.