Writing the day before the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Miss Middleton, the Archbishop noted: 'The millions around the world who will be watching the Royal Wedding may not notice the wording of the promises the bride and groom make to each other. As with every other couple, each will be asked first if they will "love, comfort, honour and protect..." their spouse. The answer to this is "I will". It will not be "I do".'
We take it for granted that bride and groom love each other on their wedding day, so there's no need to ask them if they do. It's what follows years later that counts. So at the outset they are asked to make a commitment, an act of will, for the future. That is a resolution to love, comfort, honour and protect, whatever the circumstances.
We shared the joy of the Prince and his new Princess (as the vows they completed and were pronounced husband and wife) on their wedding day. It is wonderful to see two young people so in love with each other, wanting to make a commitment to spend their lives together.
In that respect William and Kate, and Harry and Meghan are no different from many couples up and down the land, however there will particular interest in their special wedding days given the affection and deeply held respect that the country has for William and Harry, and the Royal Family.
Her Majesty the Queen has set such a wonderful example through her service to our country, and I wish her a long and happy reign for years to come – I hope that her children and grandchildren follow the high standards which she has set as our monarch. Our Queen has put God first, neighbour second, duty and responsibility third, and herself last. That is true love and devotion. And Prince Philip is a wonderful model of a dutiful husband, who complements the wife who has the leading role. He is always at her side or behind but never usurping the Queen's place.
The Royal Family are one of the integral parts to what makes Britain great, and we should be proud of the uniting power that they continue to have in this nation. Let us share in the hope and joy.