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The Wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles

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Here's more information about the so-called "jinxed" royal wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles. The royal couple had two ceremonies, mingled quickly with waiting crowds, but there was no public embrace or kiss.

Wedding Date:

April 9, 2005.

The wedding was postponed a day due to the funeral of Pope John Paul II on April 8, 2005. Prince Charles attended the funeral services as a representative of the royal family.

Although Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles have lived together for some time, they were separated on their wedding night. Charles stayed at Highgrove, and Camilla spent the night at Clarence House.

Wedding Attire:

The gown worn by Camilla was an elegant cream silk chiffon short dress hemmed with vertical rows of appliqued woven disks with an ivory oyster silk basket-weave coat with herringbone embroidery. The appliqued disks were made in Switzerland.

Camilla's hat was a straw hat overlaid with ivory French lace and feathers. She wore pale beige suede court 2-inch shoes with almond-colored toes. Her clutch purse was embossed calf leather and lined with suede. The purse was from Launer's "East/West" collection.

Camilla had her blond highlights retouched and wore her hair in the flicked-back style.

The team that designed the wedding attire for Camilla included designer Robinson Valentine for her gown, Philip Treacy for her hat, and Linda Bennett for her shoes. The wedding outfit was described as "elegant, glamorous, and feminine." Source: Scotsman.com

Camilla's hair was styled by Gugh Green of Hugh and Stephen. Her makeup was done by Julia Biddlecombe.

She changed into a long flowing, bluish colored gown and coat for the blessing service.

Prince Charles did not wear a military uniform, but wore a formal morning suit consisting of grey trousers, a silver tie, a charcoal long coat, and a cross-over waistcoat. Princes William and Harry wore formal dark charcoal morning suits with burgundy ties.

Wedding Rings:

Designed by Wartski of London, the wedding rings' gold was mined from the Clogau St. David's mine and the River Mawdach in the Kings Forest in Bontddu, North Wales.

Civil Ceremony:

The wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles was a private, modest civil ceremony at 17th century Guildhall in Windsor. It was the first time that an heir to the British throne was married in a civil ceremony.

There were several other couples married in the Windsor Guildhall in the same time frame.

Breaking with tradition, the couple met before their wedding and arrived together at Guildhall in a 1962 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI instead of the traditional horse-drawn coach. The car was given to the Queen for her Silver Jubilee in 1978 by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. Thirty guests, primarily close family members, excluding the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, attended the civil ceremony conducted by the Royal Borough's Superintendant Registrar, Clair Williams. Guests at the civil ceremony included Prince William, Prince Harry, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, Princess Anne and her husband Timothy Laurence, Major Bruce Shand and Laura Parker Bowles.

As soon as the twenty minute ceremony in the Ascot Room was over, Camilla Parker Bowles became known as HRH the Duchess of Cornwall.

Best Man, Maid of Honor, Witnessess, etc:

The royal term for a best man is "supporter" and although it is tradition for an heir to the throne to have two supporters, there was not a best man at the wedding ceremony. Prince William and Tom Bowles were witnesses at the ceremony, handed the rings to their parents, and signed the register.

Flowers:

The flowers reportedly came from both Charles's Highgrove estate and from Camilla's Raymill House. Daffodils, jasmine, Lily of the Valley, pink and cream lilies, camellias, hydrangeas, and roses filled the locations where the royal couple shared their happiness with their guests.

Blessing Ceremony:

The majestic service of prayer and dedication in the gothic St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle followed the civil ceremony. The televised Church of England blessing service was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams.

During the blessing ceremony of their wedding by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles said an act of penitence from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. They also renewed their civil vows and pledged to be faithful to one another.

Text of the Act of Penitence:

"We acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, which we, from time to time, most grievously have committed, by thought, word and deed, against thy Divine Majesty, provoking most justly thy wrath and indignation against us."

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