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Choristers excited to sing at second royal wedding in a year

It is the first time in living memory two royal weddings have been staged in the same year at Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel.

Young choristers who will sing at the royal wedding have described their excitement ahead of the big day.

Alexios Sheppard, 11, and Leo Mills, 12, both performed at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding and now will be centre stage for the nuptials of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank.

It is the first time in living memory two royal weddings have been staged in the same year at Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel, so the two choristers will be part of an historic double.

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Leo and Alexis take a break from rehearsals at Windsor Castle (Steve Parsons/PA)

The boys could not hide their joy, with Alexios saying: “It’s one of the best experiences we’re ever going to have – it’s just amazing.”

Leo added: “I think it’s really cool we get to sing at two royal weddings in one year. No one ever really gets to do that much – it’s a very rare occasion so we’re very lucky.”

Alexios joked: “They call it a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but not for us.”

The pair, who attend St George’s School at Windsor Castle, said they both enjoyed the experience of singing in St George’s Chapel when Harry and Meghan married in May.

Alexios said about the earlier wedding: “There was just this warm buzz going around the chapel – it just felt amazing and I feel this one is going to be as good as well.”

Leo added: “It was a bit nerve-racking at the start but then when we got in I felt fine, it felt like a normal service, with added bits.”

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The choristers remained tight lipped about the music they will be singing. They were due to take part in a rehearsal this morning as preparations are finalised for Friday’s service.

Later today, Eugenie and Jack are expected to take part in their final run through before the big day.

Asked what they were looking forward to on Friday, Alexios replied: “There’s going to be so many famous people there, I’m really excited to see Eugenie’s dress as well.”

Leo added that he has been chatting with friends about what colour dress the Queen will wear to her granddaughter’s wedding.

He said: “I’m saying green because last time it was yellow but one of my friends is saying pink.”

Leo said he found out just a few weeks after Meghan and Harry’s wedding that he would also be singing when Eugenie married, and has been practising hard with fellow his choristers during the intervening months.

Leo joked: “My mum said she would be sitting in front of the TV waving her Union Jack for me.”

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