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Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 February, 2005, 06:51 GMT
Wedding decision shocks papers
A sense of disbelief is apparent on many front pages, following the Queen's decision to avoid Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles' civil wedding.

The headlines give a flavour of the general feeling that the move will be perceived as a snub to the couple.

The Daily Express and Sun both opt for "Queen Won't Go To Wedding", while the Daily Mail calls the decision a snub.

According to the Daily Mirror

Prince Philip and Prince Charles' siblings will also give the ceremony a miss.

'Saddened'

Noting that Her Majesty will be the first monarch in 142 years to miss a wedding of one of her children, the Sun says the announcement is a "bombshell".

But it quotes "sources" as saying she won't change her mind - "The Lady's Not For Turning Up", the paper quips.

The Sun's editorial goes on to say it's one thing for the couple to want a low-key wedding, but many will be saddened by the Queen's absence.

The decision is simply "extraordinary", according to the Mirror.

The Mirror also says the reason given - that Prince Charles and Mrs Parker Bowles want the ceremony to be low key - is "simply pathetic".

Its opinion page accuses the Queen of spoiling the wedding, calling this the "latest chapter in the saga of Britain's most dysfunctional family".

'Chav wedding'

The latest development is another "intriguing twist" in the wedding tale, according to the Guardian.

A series of blunders to have so far beset the plans have been capped by the Queen's decision, it says.

After all these years is the prince beyond being hurt by his parents, asks the paper?

"All it needs now is a punch-up at the reception to make it a chav wedding rather than a Chas wedding," it adds.

Mocking

The palace has gone into "panic control mode" over suggestions the decision was a snub, according to the Independent.

Opinion writer Philip Hensher adds that the way some papers are trying to humiliate the royals is "terribly distasteful".

If people want rid of the royals they should do it, not just "mock them until they wish they'd never been born", he says.

Stop wedding

The Mail describes the Queen's move as a major humiliation for the prince and a strong sign the monarch doesn't approve.

The development could further fuel family division, says Mail columnist Richard Kay.

Where will the Queen's absence leave her relationship with her son and his bride, he asks?

Perhaps the signs are there that this is a wedding that should never happen, says the Daily Express.

Referring also to questions again raised over the legality of the marriage, the paper urges Prince Charles to put the ceremony on hold.

The prince should admit he has acted prematurely without considering all the constitutional implications, it says.




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