Paula Rogo
May, 12, 2018

A black bishop from Chicago will be giving the sermon at the Royal Wedding next weekend, Kensington Palace has announced.

The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, who is the first black head of the Episcopal Church, will give the sermon next Saturday at the wedding ceremony between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, CBS News reports. The Episcopal Church is an offshoot of the Church of England.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who heads the Church of England and will officiate the service, tweeted his excitement at the announcement. He called Curry a “brilliant pastor, stunning preacher and someone with a great gift for sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.”

Curry said he would “celebrate and pray for” the royal couple ahead of their wedding next Saturday.

“The love that has brought and will bind Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle together has its source and origin in God, and is the key to life and happiness,” Curry said in a statement.

Some 1,200 members of the public have been invited to watch the ceremony on the grounds of the castle in Berkshire, and 250 members of the armed forces have been given ceremonial duties, according to BBC.