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The Royal Wedding - Chronology
The following is a timeline of the key events from the announcement of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall's wedding to the day itself.


Thursday 10 February 2005 - Clarence House is forced to hastily announce the engagement of the Prince of Wales to Camilla Parker Bowles after London newspaper The Evening Standard breaks the news in its early editions in a story by Robert Jobson.

Sunday 13 February - "Panorama: Lawful Impediment?" reveals doubts about legality of wedding

Thursday 17 February - Venue changed from Windsor Castle to Windsor Registry Office : Clarence House issue a statement : "The venue will enable the public to see the Prince of Wales and Mrs Parker Bowles arrive and depart and include the town of Windsor in the day's events unflatteringly in the papers.

Saturday 19 February - The Daily Mail: "This right royal shambles"

Monday 21 February - Official investigation launched. Len Cook, the Registrar General, launches an official investigation into the legality of the marriage after the Reverend Paul Williamson, vicar of St George's Church in Feltham, files a formal objection.

Wednesday 23 February - Queen announces non-attendance and Lord Falconer gives statement. According to a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman the decision had been made because the royal couple "wanted to keep the occasion low key." Regarding the service afterwards, "it was her decision not to go and she will never divulge her reasons for that."

Friday 25 February - At his monthly press conference, the Prime Minister avoids a question about the 'shambolic' Royal Wedding:

Question: Prime Minister, I am just wondering today whether you would like to elaborate on some of the advice you may have given the Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles on their forthcoming nuptials. And given that you did play such a key role in advising the couple, are you prepared to take any responsibility for the somewhat shambolic handling of the arrangements?

Prime Minister: Well you asked me whether I wanted to add anything, and the answer is no. I think we have stated all we want to state on that really.

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Saturday 26 February - Gavin Hewitt, BBC journalist, reveals that in 1998 Prince Charles expressed his exasperation with the public's attitude towards his relationship with Camilla Parker-Bowles; 'I thought the British people were supposed to be compassionate. I don't see much of it.' Complaining that he saw no reason why he should define his private life, Charles added: 'All my life, people have been telling me what to do. I'm tired of it. My private life has become an industry. People are making money out of it.'

Wednesday 2 March - At a meeting of the Privy Council held by the Queen at Buckingham Palace, the order is approved for the marriage of Charles and Camilla:

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Thursday 3 March - In the House of Commons, Andrew MacKinlay, Labour MP for Thurrock, calls on Tony Blair to hold a debate.

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Tuesday 8 March - Wedding Pronounced Legal. The Registrar General, Len Cook, declares that the planned civil marriage between Charles and Camilla will be legal. Len Cook dismissed claims that Lord Falconer's legal advice was wrong, stating: "I am satisfied none of these objections should obstruct the issue of a marriage certificate."

Saturday 12 March - Charles returns from trip to the Antipodes.

Friday 18 March - Clarence House announces the decision to televise the religious blessing at Windsor Castle.

Monday 21 March - The Government confirms that Camilla will be Queen once Charles accedes to the throne, unless legislation is passed to ensure otherwise.

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Thursday 31 March - Posing with his sons at a pre-arranged photo-shoot at Klosters ski resort, Prince Charles expresses his dislike for the Royal press corps. As he poses with sons William and Harry eight days before his wedding, the prince mutters: "Bloody people."


Saturday 2 April - Death of Pope John Paul II

Sunday 3 April - Clarence House briefing says: "If the funeral were to take place on Friday it would not affect the wedding. But it is only a hypothetical question at the moment. As far as Clarence House is concerned, the wedding will go ahead as planned on Friday."

Monday 4 April - Vatican announces that the Pope's funeral will take place at 0900 on Friday 8 April. Clarence House announces that wedding of Charles and Camilla is to be postponed until Saturday and Charles will attend Pope's funeral on Friday 8 April.

"HRH the Prince will attend the funeral of Pope John Paul II in Rome. As a mark of respect His Royal Highness and Mrs Parker Bowles have decided to postpone their wedding until Saturday."

Tuesday 5 April - General Election announced by 10 Downing Street.


Saturday 9 April - Charles and Camilla's wedding finally takes place, to largely positive response. The wedding ceremony itself goes very smoothly.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh joined the guests for the blessing ceremony in St George's Chapel and to see their son and daughter-in-law together as a married couple for the first time.


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