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The Performance Of ‘Stand By Me’ At The Royal Wedding Won’t Be Soon Forgotten

Anyone else getting choked up?

The royal wedding may have come and gone, but the epic televised ceremony will go down in history as one of the most inclusive royal ceremonies.

And the performance of “Stand By Me” by the London-based Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir is one moment that you won’t be able to forget.

If you weren’t crying from the moment Meghan Markle stepped out of the car and revealed her 16-foot veil, then you most definitely choked down a tear or two when the choir stood to sing a rendition of the classic song “Stand By Me,” originally sang by Ben E. King in 1961.

Once the Rev. Michael Bruce Curry had delivered his sermon, the choir stood to sing at the back of St. George’s Chapel.

There was no music to accompany the group of 20 singers — all that could be heard were their beautiful voices and the powerful lyrics.

And trust us — it was the song heard ’round the world.

Leading up to the royal wedding, the gospel choir announced their participation in the ceremony:

The Kingdom Choir are pleased and honoured to announce that they will be performing at the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle on May 19th,” the group posted to Instagram. “We are extremely excited to be taking part in such a historic moment, and know that it is one that we will always treasure. We’d like to take this opportunity to wish the couple all the very best for their coming union and thank them once again for their kind invitation.”

The Kingdom Choir are pleased and honoured to announce that they will be performing at the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle on May 19th. We are extremely excited to be taking part in such a historic moment, and know that it is one that we will always treasure. We’d like to take this opportunity to wish the couple all the very best for their coming union and thank them once again for their kind invitation. For this special day we have invited some friends of The Kingdom Choir – some of the finest from the worlds of gospel, pop and jazz – to join us. The choir is: Abimbola Amoako
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Clearly, people around the world watching the royal wedding were pleased that they showed up to perform, too:

Twitter user @daisyrdley found the performance “too beautiful not to share a million times.”

The Royal Family YouTube account posted a clip to its channel, in case you missed it!

Ryan Seacrest said the song “cued the irrigation system in [his] eyes.”

Twitter user @FitCityJordan is just waiting for this version of “Stand By Me” to come to iTunes.

@TrinitySpr08 feels the choir deserves a standing ovation.

And @DJBoogiesid said the rendition “gave [him] goosebumps.”

The world was clearly touched by the inclusion of this song in the royal wedding — because what a special moment this was indeed.

Bravo to Prince Harry and Markle — the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex — for planning such an incredible ceremony!

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Even though we can’t rewatch the royal wedding every Saturday — at least we can replay to this song over and over again.

Who’s ready for another listen?

Princes Charlotte Stuck Out Her Tongue

Another one of the best parts of the royal wedding? All the page boys and girls, including Prince Charlotte.

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s daughter may be a princess, but she’s also a 3-year-old. Which means that any and every opportunity to be silly will most definitely be taken. So her behavior at the royal wedding probably won’t come as a surprise to most parents out there.

When being photographed at the royal wedding, Princess Charlotte stuck her tongue out cheekily and proved that despite her royal status, she’s just an adorable, silly little girl. Though she was also one of the bridesmaids who accompanied Meghan Markle down the aisle — no big deal.

The moment was funny and precious — and also oddly familiar as her uncle, Prince Harry, used to do the same as a young boy.

Here you can see Princess Charlotte playfully sticking her tongue out:

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