Prince William and Kate Middleton have thanked well-wishers for the affection shown to them in the run up to their wedding.
The heartfelt message begins: "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 deeply."
"We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone most sincerely for their kindness."
Released the day before their wedding, the statement features on the first page of the official order of service - also out Thursday.
It also includes this never seen before photo, which was taken by Mario Testino to mark their engagement.
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Photo: © Mario Testino 2011
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