The sweet secret behind Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding song

Often the bride does the majority of the wedding planning, but Prince Harry was able to have a say about a major aspect of his marriage ceremony with Meghan Markle: He chose the processional music for his bride.

The song Harry chose for Meghan to walk down the aisle was Handel’s “Eternal Source of Light Divine,” which was performed live that day by Welsh soprano Elin Manahan Thomas (accompanied by musicians from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the English Chamber Orchestra, and the Philharmonia), according to People. The magazine also reports that Harry was looking for something completely different: “I ended up stumbling across this piece of music, something that epitomizes the whole day, the whole feeling I have for [Meghan].”

What Harry didn’t mention was the song’s original title: According to the British Library, it was “Birthday Ode for Queen Anne.”

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and the Duchess of Sussex hold hands in the Ascot Landau Carriage as their carriage procession rides along the Long Walk, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex emerge from the West Door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony.

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Ms. Meghan Markle walks down the aisle at the start of her wedding to Prince Harry in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave from the West Door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the steps of St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle following their wedding ceremony in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and The Duchess of Sussex leave St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle after their wedding ceremony on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Princess Charlotte sticks out her tongue as she rides in a car to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex kisses his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex as they leave from the West Door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wave from the Ascot Landau Carriage during their carriage procession on Castle Hill outside Windsor Castle in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony.

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US actress Meghan Markle, accompanied by Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales walks down the aisle toward her husband-to-be Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 during their wedding ceremony.

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Meghan Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland, are driven along the Long Walk as they arrive for her wedding ceremony to marry Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their wedding service, conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Princess Charlotte on the steps of St George's Chapel after the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex emerge from the West Door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony.

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Meghan Markle is driven to St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle along with her page boys Brian and John Mulroney at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle before the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, stand together at the altar in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 during their wedding ceremony.

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Prince Harry, arrives with his best man Prince William, Duke of Cambridge for the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive back at Windsor Castle in the Ascot Landau Carriage after their wedding ceremony and after their procession in Windsor, on May 19, 2018.

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Meghan Markle's mother Doria Ragland, Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall leave the wedding ceremony of Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan Markle.

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Queen Anne was the Queen of Great Britain and Ireland from 1702 to 1714. First performed in 1713, the song celebrated not only Queen Anne’s birthday, but also the beginning of peace after more than a decade of conflict (the War of Spanish Succession began in 1701; peace talks started in 1713). The lyrics, written by the English poet and politician Ambrose Philips, begin, “Eternal source of light divine,” the name we know it by today.

Queen Anne’s reign was short, but her marriage was long and happy, resulting in 18 pregnancies. (Tragically, only one child survived infancy.) She oversaw the development of Britain’s two-party system of government (Whigs and Tories) and the start of the Royal House of Hanover, which began with her death and continued through the reign of Queen Victoria. Here are more little-known facts about past British royal weddings.

Was Harry hoping to bless his nuptials by invoking Queen Anne’s happy and successful marriage? Was he sending the message that he views Meghan as his “queen”—even though it’s unlikely she will ever actually become queen? What we do know for sure is that the song will forever hold deep meaning for both the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Don’t miss these 18 other tiny details you may have missed at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Take a look at an other royal wedding moment you may have missed:

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TOPSHOT - US fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle (L) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex exchange rings during their wedding ceremony in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by OWEN HUMPHREYS / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read OWEN HUMPHREYS/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, places the wedding ring on the finger of US fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle (R) during their wedding ceremony in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Jonathan Brady / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read JONATHAN BRADY/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, places the wedding ring on the finger of US fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle (R) during their wedding ceremony in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Jonathan Brady / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read JONATHAN BRADY/AFP/Getty Images)
Prince Harry places the wedding ring on the finger of Meghan Markle during their wedding service in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, May 19, 2018. Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle exchange rings in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle during their wedding service, conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in Windsor, Britain, May 19, 2018. Owen Humphreys/Pool via REUTERS
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