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Royal newlyweds at church service
Prince Charles and Camilla
The newlyweds were warmly welcomed at the church on Sunday
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have marked the first day of their Scottish honeymoon by attending church in Aberdeenshire.

The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay, as they are known in Scotland, went to the 11am service at Crathie Parish Church.

Camilla, wearing a fuchsia hat and coat, and the prince, in traditional Highland dress, were greeted by applause from about 100 well wishers.

The couple married in a civil ceremony at Windsor's Guildhall on Saturday.

The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay, as they are known in Scotland, are staying at Birkhall on the Balmoral Estate.

On Saturday, more than 20,000 people cheered as the couple arrived at the Guildhall for the private civil wedding ceremony.

Warm welcome

Afterwards, they returned to Windsor Castle for a service of blessing in St George's Chapel, led by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Police outside Windsor's Guildhall

The reception, hosted by the Queen, was held at the castle's State Apartments.

As the newlyweds arrived at the parish church on Sunday, the organ music played included Charlie is my Darlin' and My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose.

At the beginning of the service, session clerk Ed Bushnell warmly welcomed the prince and duchess.

"May I, on behalf of the congregation of Braemar and Crathie, wish you a long and happy future together," he said.

His good wishes were followed by clapping from the congregation.

Lay reader Capt Robbie Middleton led the service, which was attended by about 200 worshippers.

Prince Charles and Camilla
The prince wore a kilt and the duchess's suit had a tartan collar

Capt Middleton asked for special blessings for the royal couple and that "their life be fulfilled in all that they do together in the coming years".

He also asked for prayers to be said for Pope John Paul II, whose funeral was held in Rome on Friday.

Outside the church, one man said his daughters, aged five and six, were delighted at seeing the royal couple.

Australian John Oswald-Jacobs said: "We came out especially, we just wanted to be here as the girls saw the wedding yesterday.

"We are thrilled to bits for them that they have finally tied the knot, we think it is fantastic for them and for the country."

The prince and duchess will stay at Birkhall for up to 10 days but will break off from their honeymoon to open a children's playground at Ballater later in the week.

Villagers said they were delighted Charles and Camilla had chosen Royal Deeside as a honeymoon destination.

Barry Florence, of HM Sheridan Butchers, which will be supplying Birkhall with food during the honeymoon, said: "One of the reasons I think Charles and Camilla like it here is because it is quiet, so they can get on with their lives."




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