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The Royal Wedding is going to be recorded and released on a major label. Oh, good.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will soon be on a major label. They will be married with all sorts of pomp and circumstance in London on May 19 with the whole thing to be recorded by Decca Records, a British label that dates back to 1929 and is now a subsidiary of Universal Music Group, the largest of the major labels.

Straight from the press release:

The official recording of the Wedding Service, to be held at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on Saturday 19th May, will be available to listen to at home that same day, then released into retail stores around the world from 25th May.

Musicians confirmed to perform at the wedding ceremony include British cellist Sheku Kanneh Mason, Welsh soprano Elin Manahan Thomas, The Choir of St George’s Chapel and Christian gospel group The Kingdom Choir. The Orchestra, conducted by Christopher Warren-Green, will be made up of musicians from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia. State Trumpeters are drawn from all ranks of the Band of the Household Cavalry, and will provide ceremonial support during the Service at St George’s Chapel. The music will be under the direction of James Vivian, Director of Music, St George’s Chapel.

The physical album will include a special collector’s booklet.

Decca Records is a part of Universal Music, the world’s leading music company, and has previously recorded and released the Wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011, as well as the Wedding of The Prince and Princess of Wales in 1981, and the Funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997. This uniquely original new recording will be the next in a historic line to mark major milestones for The Royal Family, and as such it will enter the homes of millions across the whole world.

The album will be produced by one of the world’s finest classical record producers, Anna Barry, who has produced over 500 recordings of distinction for over 25 years, ranging from works by Andrew Lloyd Webber to opera at the Mariinsky Theatre with Valery Gergiev, and many other legendary artists including José Carreras and Zubin Mehta.

Yes, it will also be available on vinyl. Me? I’m gonna wait for the extended 12-inch dance mix.

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