Will Kate Middleton 'Obey' Prince William?

ByABC News
March 1, 2011, 12:23 PM

March 1, 2011— -- To obey or not to obey; that is the question. When Prince William and Kate Middleton ascend the alter next month and vow "to love and to cherish till death us do part," will they follow in the traditional steps of the royal family or instead continue with their theme of a more modern wedding?

The royals are members of the Church of England and Kate must decide if she is going to say the traditional vows written by the church's Anglican Book of Common Prayer, dating back to 1662, or, instead, use a modernized version from the Common Worship book introduced in 2000.

In the traditional vows, the groom promises "to love and cherish till death do us part" and the bride promises to "love, cherish and obey." In the modern vows, however, the word "obey" is excluded: