NI piper to play a Royal tune

Published Thursday, 28 April 2011
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A member of the Irish Guards and former Pipe Major will play for Prince William and Kate Middleton at their wedding reception at Buckingham Palace on Friday, with street parties also taking place across Northern Ireland.

David Rodgers, from Maghera, has been handpicked to play his bagpipes at the royal event.

The soldier served with the Irish Guards in Bosnia, Kosovo and spent six months in Iraq in 2010.

His mother, Elma Rodgers, told UTV she is very proud of David.

"David was never one for school but he certainly has found his niche playing the bagpipes," she said.

The Colour Sergeant will play to hundreds of guests and the Prince and his new bride as they make their way to the reception following the service at Westminster Abbey.

"He is pretty laid back because he has piped at lots of functions in Buckingham Palace before. He seems pretty happy about it"

David had to submit a list of music to be approved by Prince William.

"There will be some Irish tunes and some tunes picked by the Prince".

He isn’t nervous because he thinks the people at this reception will not really understand pipe music, and if he does hit a wrong note they won’t know – but he will.

Elma Rodgers

Kate Middleton leaves Westminster Abbey in London, following a rehearsal for the Royal wedding Prince Harry arrives at Westminster Abbey for a rehearsal

The big day is expected to be viewed by two billion on TV worldwide with all eyes on Kate's dress.

The Princess-to-be took part in her last rehearsal at Westminster Abbey ahead of her wedding to Prince William on Friday.

She was joined by best man Prince Harry, the bridesmaids and pageboys, and members of her family.

UTV's Sarah Clarke, who is in London for the preparations ahead of the big day, said on Twitter:

"Staggering volume of media presence outside Westminster Abbey versus me and my cameraman".

Kate will walk up the aisle at 11am on Friday to a coronation anthem composed for Prince William's great-great-great grandfather Edward 7th in 1902.

The details are contained in the official royal wedding programme, which was released on Thursday.

In it, it is revealed that William and Kate will break with tradition - dispensing with the services of the Archbishop of Canterbury - in favour of writing their own message to say they have been "incredibly moved" by people's affection for their marriage.

William and Kate's message reads: "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.

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

"We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone most sincerely for their kindness."

It was also confirmed that Kate will not promise to "obey" her new husband in her vows but instead to "love, comfort, honour and keep" him.

William's father the Prince of Wales and stepmother the Duchess of Cornwall, his brother Prince Harry, Kate's parents Carole and Michael Middleton and her sister Pippa will act as witnesses and sign the historic marriage registers during the ceremony.

© UTV News
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wilma in ballymena wrote (1,373 days ago):
good luck david hope it all goes well xx
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