Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank said, “I do” in beautiful royal wedding fashion on Oct. 12. The venue, the dress and the musical selection all made the day extra special. If you didn’t wake up at 6 a.m. to catch the streaming of the ceremony, you’ll still definitely want to hear Andrea Bocelli’s performances.
The world-renowned singer-songwriter performed “Ave Maria” and “Panis Angelicus” with the accompaniment of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in front of those in attendance at the Windsor Castle ceremony, and yes — his renditions are just as beautiful as you might imagine them to be.
Thankfully, videos of the performances have surfaced on Twitter for your listening pleasure, but be sure you have some tissues handy!
A royal reporter tweeted footage of Bocelli’s stirring performance of “Ave Maria”:
— Rick Evers (@RickEversRoyal) October 12, 2018
The official Royal Family Twitter account posted a video of Bocelli’s version of “Panis Angelicus”:
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) October 12, 2018
Bocelli’s participation in the wedding ceremony was announced in advance in a press release, where it was also revealed that the soon-to-be-married couple worked to plan the music for the big day with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Managing Director, James Williams, who had nothing but good things to say about the experience.
“It has been a great pleasure to work with HRH Princess Eugenie and Mr. Jack Brooksbank to plan the music for their special day and we wish the couple much happiness for their future together,” he said in a press release.
Bocelli is no stranger to performing for people of great significance, as he’s even performed for the pope. He also joins the ranks of other musicians who have been asked to participate in royal wedding festivities, including Elton John, who performed at a lunchtime reception for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their wedding day, Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir, who performed an unforgettable performance of “Stand By Me” during Prince Harry and Markle’s ceremony, and Ellie Goulding, who performed for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s big day.
Bocelli seemed pleased to be involved with the very special day, as he was all smiles in a photo that showcased him alongside his wife and sons, who were also in attendance at the royal wedding.
“Today at Windsor Castle for Eugenie and Jack
#RoyalWedding,” he captioned the family portrait.
— Andrea Bocelli (@AndreaBocelli) October 12, 2018
Clearly, it was a special day for the happy couple, for Bocelli and his family, and for those of us who are fortunate enough to have heard these songs, even if only through videos. The emotional performances still resonate, and they’re truly beautiful.