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'Last weeks as a single man in Oz'
Prince Charles will spend his last few weeks as a single man in Australia after it emerged that he will marry Camilla Parker Bowles, probably in April.

The Prince is due to visit Australia at the end of February, travelling to Perth, Alice Springs, Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra.

It has been reported, although not confirmed, that the couple will marry at Windsor Castle on April 6.

Prince Charles has a long connection with Australia, having spent two terms in 1966 as an exchange student at Timbertop, a remote outpost of the Geelong Grammar School in Melbourne.

The latest tour will be his 13th visit to Australia.

He once travelled to Australia with his first wife, Diana, Princess of Wales, just after the birth of their first son William in 1983.

Announcing the royal visit last week, Prime Minister John Howard said there would be a number of opportunities for the public to meet the Prince.

"I know that Australians will welcome His Royal Highness with the warmth for which they are renowned," he said.

Former chairman of the Australian Republican Movement Greg Barns said the wedding had no relevance to Australians.

"Who cares," he said.

"It's just two members of the privileged English ruling class marrying each other.

"It has no relevance to Australians."

Prince Charles' last visit was marred when 24-year-old anthropology student David Kang fired two shots from a starting pistol when he rushed from the crowd towards the stage where the Prince was about to present Australia Day awards in Sydney.

Kang, who was sentenced to 500 hours community service in the NSW District Court in 1995, told the court he had wanted to gain publicity for the plight of Cambodian boat people.

After Australia, the Prince will travel to New Zealand where he will tour Otago, Wellington and Auckland.

Mr Howard and Governor-General Michael Jeffery were not immediately available for comment.

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A love that spans three decades

The saga of Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles has spanned more than three decades.

It was clear the heir to the throne was keen on country-loving hunting fan Camilla from the start, especially when she jokingly mentioned that her maternal great-great-grandmother, Alice Keppel, was the long-time mistress of Charles's great-great-grandfather, Edward VII.

Parker Bowles, then Camilla Shand, is said to have told the Prince: "My great-great-grandmother was your great-great-grandfather's mistress, so how about it?"

They first met at a Windsor polo match in 1970 and met each other again in June 1972 at a London club.

The two became very close, but the relationship cooled when Charles joined the Royal Navy.

Two years later Camilla married her long-standing admirer, Army officer Andrew Parker Bowles.

Throughout the late 1970s Charles and Camilla kept up contact and became close again towards the end of the decade.

But Camilla did play a part in encouraging the match between Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, and it is thought he proposed to Diana in the Parker Bowles's vegetable garden.

After his marriage, in July 1981, Charles remained close to Camilla.

Diana was intensely jealous of her husband's relationship with her and quizzed his aides about it constantly.

Royal watcher Andrew Morton named Camilla as "the other woman" in the Prince's life and said the Princess referred to her as "The Rottweiler".

It is thought after Charles and Diana drifted further and further apart, following the birth of Prince Harry in 1984, he eventually returned to his old flame.

The depth of their intimacy became clear in 1992 when the so-called "Camillagate" tape surfaced.

In the recording of a telephone conversation between the two, made in December 1989, Charles said "I love you" to Camilla and added many other highly personal endearments.

Camilla has consistently maintained a dignified silence about her friendship with Charles, who said of her in the 1994 Jonathan Dimbleby TV documentary: "Mrs Parker Bowles is a great friend of mine ... a friend for a very long time.

"She will continue to be a friend for a very long time."

When the Prince admitted he had committed adultery after his marriage to Diana had broken down, Camilla was widely assumed, but never confirmed, to be the other woman involved.

Diana later went on television to say there had been three people in the marriage and it had been too crowded.

Camilla was now recognised everywhere and her comfortable, country-set life was turned upside-down.

Women threw bread rolls at her in a supermarket as she faced a public backlash. Camilla had become "the marriage-wrecker".

She and Andrew Parker Bowles, a former Silver Stick-in-Waiting to the Queen, divorced in 1995 and Camilla became a regular visitor to the Prince's Gloucestershire home, Highgrove.

In April 1997, Camilla took a tentative step into public life when she became patron of the National Osteoporosis Society. An official photograph was released to mark the occasion.

In July that year, Charles hosted a party for Camilla to celebrate her 50th birthday.

Radiant, she was pictured arriving at Highgrove by car.

The idea of Charles and Camilla as a couple was gradually being officially introduced to the public.

But the tragic death of Diana in August 1997 in a car accident changed everything.

A charity function planned for September, at which the Prince and Camilla may have appeared together, was cancelled.

Public opinion, Royal advisers thought, would not countenance the idea of Camilla replacing Diana.

However, in 1999 Camilla met Prince William and Prince Harry for the first time, and the teenagers and she later hosted a glittering party at Highgrove for 200 guests to celebrate Charles's 50th birthday.

In recent years, she has regularly accompanied Charles to Prince's Trust galas and became accustomed to donning an evening gown and sparkling jewels and appearing in front of the media.

As Clarence House was renovated and Camilla became the Prince's live-in partner, questions began to surface about the cost of her lifestyle.

In June 2004, Mrs Parker Bowles appeared for the first time in the Prince's official accounts - moving her into a new realm of official acceptance.

PA

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Charles examines wedding rings


Prince Charles looked at wedding rings yesterday, barely two hours after it was announced that he would marry Camilla Parker Bowles on April 8.

He spent five minutes at The Goldsmiths' Company in London, examining wedding rings with artisan Paulette Grant.

"The Prince was very nice and friendly," Grant said afterwards. "He asked me all about the different types of rings and looked at different sizes - and he asked which were nine carat."

Bryan Toye, prime warden of The Goldsmiths' Company, congratulated the Prince, who replied: "It's very kind of you."

Some 80 press photographers were on hand when Charles, dressed in a crisp business suit, arrived in a limousine for the visit, which had been billed before yesterday as just another routine royal function.

"Congratulations," shouted one of the photographers, who Charles acknowledged with a friendly wave of the hand, an AFP photographer at the scene said.

AFP


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Charles and Camilla to wed
Prince Charles will finally marry his lover Camilla Parker Bowles, royal aides announced last night in a revelation which immediately threw Britain into an uproar.

But Mrs Parker Bowles will never become Queen.

The ageing pair - Charles is 56, Camilla, 57 - whose long-term romance was interrupted for 15 years by the Prince's marriage to Diana Spencer, are expected to unite their fortunes formally on Friday April 8 in a civil ceremony at Windsor Castle, followed by a formal blessing from the Archbishop of Canterbury in St George's Chapel.

The decision of the 56-year-old Prince to marry his 57-year-old lover has received the blessing of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, who last night extended "warmest good wishes" to the couple.

Mrs Parker Bowles will take the title Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall after the marriage, but instead of becoming Queen when Charles accedes to the throne, she will be known then as Princess Consort.

Clarence House, the Prince's residence, broke the news last night with a brief official statement, which miraculously had not been leaked to any of the London newspapers.

Princess Diana used to refer to her rival as "the Rottweiler", and in one interview claimed that there had been three people in her marriage.

But since Diana's death in 1997, Charles has been urged from various quarters to make an honest woman of Mrs Parker Bowles, who is divorced from her first husband Andrew.

He received the highest possible dispensation in 2002 from the then Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey.

Various barriers have presented themselves to the union - the Royal Marriages Act and the Act of Settlement 1701, which between them decree that the regent's spouse should not be a Catholic (Camilla converted to marry her first husband) and that the Queen may veto her children's choice of spouse.

However, the Queen appears to have accepted her putative daughter-in-law, and has allowed without comment her son's decision to include Mrs Parker Bowles on the royal books of his household, providing her with staff and a driver.

The Clarence House statement said the wedding would be "a largely private occasion for family and friends. There will be a civil ceremony in Windsor Castle.

"There will subsequently be a service of prayer and dedication in St George's Chapel at which the Archbishop of Canterbury will preside."

Prince Charles and Camilla Shand, as she then was, met in 1970 at a polo match. She is reported to have made a ribald remark to the young prince based upon her own lineage as a great-grand daughter of Alice Keppel, the mistress of Edward VII.

It is reported that the remarks went along the lines of: "How about it?"

More than two decades later, as the world reeled from the separation of Charles and his beautiful young bride Diana, it was freshly assaulted by the leaked transcript of a raunchy telephone conversation between Charles and his older paramour, in which Mrs Parker Bowles told the Prince: "I'd suffer anything for you. That's love."

The Prince famously replied that he'd like to "live inside your trousers ... as a tampon."

Public sensibilities, however, have recovered sufficiently from this revelation to give a favourable expected reception for the wedding.

While Queen Elizabeth II's children have not enjoyed great success with their marriages - three out of four so far have failed - there seems to be a settled expectation that this relationship has already been for life, and is unlikely to collapse.

The news dropped just after 9am yesterday British time, provoking an explosive and instantaneous reaction from the British media, which has long been bubbling with speculation about whether Prince Charles would remarry.

BBC One broke immediately into programming to broadcast reels of old footage featuring Charles and Camilla mingling with the public at official events.

"Prince to Web Camilla!" ran the garbled headline on one internet news site, its authors caught up in the haste to report Clarence House's sudden announcement.

Royal experts and specialist journalists were hauled in to give analyses, based on little more than an oblique and detail-free announcement from Clarence House that a wedding was finally to go ahead.

The opposition leader, Michael Howard, immediately tendered his warm congratulations, as did the Liberal Democrats leader, Charles Kennedy, while the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, was uncharacteristically the last to the cameras.

Engaged in a cabinet meeting when the news came through, senior government figures were said to be considering the likely constitutional and legislative ramifications of the heir to the throne's decision to marry his divorced lover.

Mr Blair, in a televised statement, congratulated the couple on behalf of the Government and parliament. "We wish them every happiness for their future together."

It was too early to say yesterday whether the media's enthusiasm would be matched by the public. The most recent poll on a possible royal wedding found roughly a third of respondents were in support, a third opposed, and the remaining third did not care whether the pair married.

"I'm delighted that they've bitten the bullet," said Winston Churchill, MP, grandson of the former British Prime Minister.

"I think the great majority of people in this country will wish them every happiness."

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Camilla unable to match Diana's magic
The future wife of Britain's Prince Charles could hardly be more different from his first.

Young and beautiful, Princess Diana looked as if she had walked straight out of a fairytale when she took Charles' hand in 1981 to the delight of an enchanted nation.

By contrast, Camilla Parker Bowles is a 57-year-old divorcee and mother-of-two whom Diana called a "Rottweiler" and whom Britons have struggled to accept at the Prince's side.

Where Diana brought glamour and magic to the stuffy House of Windsor, Mrs Parker Bowles has a more matronly, country-loving image and clearly feels more at home in royal circles.

Mrs Parker Bowles has had trouble overcoming her reputation as a marriage-wrecker.

As her relationship with Prince Charles was collapsing, Diana famously told an interviewer: "There were three of us in this marriage - so it was a bit crowded."

Even the Queen's husband Prince Philip told Diana: "I cannot imagine anyone in their right mind leaving you for Camilla."

But since Diana's death in 1997, years of astutely managed appearances drawing Mrs Parker Bowles steadily closer to Prince Charles in public have now meant she is accepted as his long-term partner.

Polls show most Britons accept a Camilla-Charles marriage as inevitable and she has been sharing official rooms with him at his Clarence House residence in London for more than a year.

Previously married to a cavalry officer, Mrs Parker Bowles has gradually swapped her garb of headscarf and green waterproof riding coat for Diana-style outfits including shimmering dresses.

Born Camilla Shand in 1947 into an affluent family - her father was a wine merchant who took an aristocrat wife - she grew up on a country estate and was educated at a London school before going to finishing school in Switzerland and France.

Her social circles soon intertwined with Prince Charles's.

Legend has it that in the early days, she flirtatiously reminded Charles that her great-grandmother, Mrs Alice Keppel, was long-standing mistress to a previous Prince of Wales who became King Edward VII. She then apparently said: "So how about it?"

The pair dated for a time, but she married Major Andrew Parker Bowles after Prince Charles decided to follow a naval career.

Friends say she gave Charles, 56, the warmth, security and understanding denied him by his strict palace upbringing - providing advice as well as love.

With her typical earthiness she referred to his visits as "my start-the-week tonic".

The depth of the attachment between the couple was exposed to the public glare in 1993 when a secretly recorded tape revealed them engaging in intimate sex talk as well as earnest discussion about his royal work.

"Your great achievement is to love me," he says. "Oh darling, easier than falling off a chair," she replies.

Prince Charles's later admission of adultery on national television in a program intended to give his side of the royal break-up story, was candid and widely taken to refer to Mrs Parker Bowles .

The playful side of their relationship is seen in their nicknames for each other. Charles calls her Gladys, she calls him Fred.

Their affair started in 1972 when they met on a windswept polo field.

"His world turned upside down and I don't think he ever really recovered from it," said Christopher Wilson, author of a book on the affair.

Despite Prince Charles's ardour, friends say Mrs Parker Bowles could not face becoming queen and previously turned down his offers of marriage.

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Princes William and Harry 'delighted'
In announcing he will marry long-time partner Camilla Parker Bowles in April, Britain's Prince Charles had not only to take into account the public reaction, but also the far more personal feelings of his two sons, William and Harry.

Royal officials said the princes were "delighted" at the announcement.

However, while the pair have met Mrs Parker Bowles a number of times in recent years and reportedly enjoy cordial relations with the personable 57-year-old divorcee, the prospect of her becoming their step-mother is bound to bring ambiguous feelings.

William and Harry's mother, Princess Diana, was very public in blaming Mrs Parker Bowles for the break-up of her marriage to the heir to the throne, which ended in divorce in 1996.

A year later, Diana was dead following a car crash in Paris.

One of the most enduring images amid the subsequent outpouring of British public grief was that of William and Harry, then aged 15 and 12, walking solemnly and without public tears behind her funeral cortege.

The princes, now 22 and 20, have been forthright since in protecting the reputation of their mother, and could perhaps be forgiven for seeing Mrs Parker Bowles as an interloper.

However, the announcement of the wedding on April 8 meant the young princes had certainly consented to the relationship, royal experts said on Thursday.

"He [Charles] obviously had long talks with William and Harry. He would not have done it if they were not happy about it," said Ingrid Seward, editor of Majesty magazine.

"They want their dad to be happy, most children do. If their mother was still alive, it would be very different," she told Sky News television.

According to constitutional expert and royal insider Lord Norman St John Stevens, the young princes bore no grudges against their father's lover.

"Given the circumstances, Prince Harry and Prince William have a very happy relationship, and are also friendly with Camilla Parker Bowles's children," he told the ITV News Channel.

In contrast, some members of the public were less forgiving on Thursday, arguing that Charles should retire into domestic bliss and let William take the throne once the Queen eventually dies or steps down.

"I feel sorry for the boys as they have had to put up with so much," Vanessa Gordon, 51, an interior designer from Scotland, told AFP.

"If Charles is now to marry Camilla then I think he has to step aside to make way for William as the next heir to the throne, it is the right thing to do," she said.

"I did not like the way Charles treated Diana and I think he should let William take the throne," added 45-year-old Dee Davis, an unemployed woman from London.





Britain's National Archives apologised yesterday for issuing a press release about a "royal scandal" that involved "Prince Charles falling in love with an unsuitable older woman".

The government agency - formerly known as the Public Records Office - sent out an email headed "Prince Charles dies of a broken heart" just 90 minutes after news of his upcoming wedding to Camilla Parker Bowles emerged.

However, the apparently disrespectful story actually referred to a 17th-century Prince Charles of Brandenburg and not to the modern-day Prince of Wales.

A National Archive spokeswoman said it was intended to tie in with Valentine's Day and that no insult to Charles or Camilla had been intended.

"All I can do is apologise. It was never intentional," she said.

"This is a story that is included within our archives and was intended for Valentine's Day.

"It's nothing to do with Prince Charles' marriage."

She said: "I wasn't even aware that Camilla was older than Prince Charles."

Mrs Parker Bowles, 57, is due to wed the 56-year-old heir to the throne on April 8.

In its press release, the National Archives said: "Documents found in the National Archives at Kew reveal that Prince Charles of Brandenburg, half-brother of Frederick I, King in Prussia, caused a royal scandal when he fell in love with an unsuitable older woman in 1695.

"While on a military campaign in Italy the Prince organised a secret marriage to the woman.

"Unfortunately for the happy couple, members of Charles' entourage arrived and forcibly separated the lovers before the ceremony was over.

"The Duke of Savoy later locked the bride in a convent."

It went on: "After failing to secure her release, Charles descended into 'a most pitiable state' and died two weeks later."

The story was drawn from state papers of Sir George Stepney, a poet and 17th-century English diplomat.

"The documents provide an account of European politics, but also recorded the latest gossip for the English court in the absence of the tabloid press," said the National Archives' ill-timed press release.

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Charles 'excited' about upcoming marriage
Prince Charles said yesterday he was "very excited" about his engagement to his long-time lover Camilla Parker Bowles.

After his office surprised Britain by announcing that the couple would be married at Windsor Castle on April 8, the Prince was congratulated during a regular visit to London's financial district.

"Thank you very much, you're so kind." he said.

"I am very excited."
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Charles, Camilla display engagement ring
Thirty years after their first romance, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles - marriages and divorces behind them - will finally wed in a civil ceremony on April 8.

It will put the official seal on a relationship Princess Diana blamed for the breakdown of her marriage to the man who would be king.

In a nod to those who have not warmed to Camilla, the royal family said Thursday she will never hold the title of Queen.

But after the tribulations of a relationship that has played out over three decades - Charles seemed overjoyed simply to be able to take her as his wife.

"I'm very excited," the usually reserved prince said as he entered London's storied Goldsmith's Hall, home of the gold and silversmiths' guild, and looked at wedding rings.

In their first public appearance together since the announcement, Charles and Camilla smiled broadly as they walked into a Windsor Castle reception, and the guests applauded.

A radiant Parker Bowles, wearing a fuschia gown, showed off her engagement ring against a black clutch bag.

She told the crowd that the prince had gone down on one knee to propose.

"I'm just coming down to Earth," she said.

The April 8 wedding between the two divorcees will be a civil ceremony at Windsor Castle, in contrast to the pageantry of Charles' 1981 wedding to Diana at St Paul's Cathedral.

The divorce issue is a delicate matter for the man who would be head of the Church of England.

The engagement ring Charles, 56, has given his fiancee, 57, is a royal family heirloom, according to the prince's office, Clarence House.

The platinum band has a square-cut central diamond with three diamond baguettes on each side.

The news of the nuptials was received with warmth in Britain, where public opinion was once so hostile to Camilla that shoppers pelted her with rolls in a supermarket.

Charles and Diana's sons were said to be "delighted," the House of Commons burst into cheers at the news, and ordinary Britons offered their congratulations.

One Very Important Person also gave her blessing: Queen Elizabeth II granted the necessary formal permission for the union.

And as mother of the bridegroom said she and Prince Philip "are very happy that the Prince of Wales and Mrs. Parker Bowles are to marry."

To mark the royal engagement, the queen decided that the Round Tower at Windsor Castle should be illuminated Thursday night.

The civil marriage will take place at the castle and will be followed by a service of prayer and dedication at St George's Chapel within the castle walls.

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, spiritual head of the church of England, will preside, the prince's office at Clarence House said.

Williams said Thursday that the wedding service plans "have my strong support and are consistent with Church of England guidelines concerning remarriage."

The archbishop's approval and participation could well help allay concerns of those with questions about the fitness of the divorced Charles to be supreme governor of church when he becomes king.

In general, the Church of England, the established faith of the nation, disapproves of remarriage of divorced people in church.

There is no Act of Parliament saying the wife of a king should be queen, but it is a historical convention.

Clarence House said there was no legal reason Charles' second wife could not be queen, and that the decision was made by the couple.

When Charles accedes to the throne, his wife will be known as the HRH - Her Royal Highness - Princess Consort.

Prince Charles, in addition to being Prince of Wales, is Duke of Cornwall and Rothesay.

After her marriage, Parker Bowles will not use the title Princess of Wales, but would like people to call her the Duchess of Cornwall, Clarence House said.

Prime Minister Tony Blair said he was delighted at the impending marriage.

At his regular meeting with the queen Wednesday night, the two discussed the wedding plans, and Blair gave her legal advice before she went on to grant the wedding her royal consent, officials said. They refused to discuss the advice.

Perhaps the most important vote of approval is still pending.

The British public who took Princess Diana to their hearts have been divided about the Camilla-Charles romance.

The nation's tabloid press dubbed Parker Bowles "the other woman" as details of their relationship became public in 1992.

But in the years since Diana's 1997 death in a Paris car crash, much of the ill will against Charles has eased.

The warmth of his relationship with his sons Prince William, 22, and Prince Harry, 20, has been seen positively and suggests a warmer character than he is often credited with.

Parker Bowles, who stays well out of the limelight, has won a degree of respect for her discretion.

Many people simply wish them well as a couple whose love has withstood the test of years of anguish and vilification

"They are clearly very much in love. It must be the end of a series of nightmare years for Camilla. ... They are entitled to have their own happiness the same as everyone else," Winston Churchill, the grandson of Britain's wartime prime minister, told Sky News.

On the streets of central London, many Britons welcomed the announcement but said they may never love Camilla as they had Diana.

"Diana is still in so many people's hearts," said Chris Morris, 54, a building engineer. "Queen Camilla wouldn't be so popular."

Charles, the queen's eldest son first met Camilla in the early 1970s and they had a brief romance which ended in late 1972 when the prince was called away on naval duties.

Camilla married Andrew Parker Bowles, a long-standing admirer, in 1973.

Throughout the late 1970s Charles and Camilla kept in touch, and they became close friends again toward the end of the decade. They remained so after Charles' 1981 marriage to Diana.

Diana blamed the friendship for the failure of her marriage to the Prince of Wales.

"There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded," Diana said in a 1995 TV interview.

While the saga of the disintegrating royal marriage played out publicly, Parker Bowles was often cast as the villain, the object both of invective for being a "marriage breaker" and of ridicule over tapes of intimate conversations between her and the prince that emerged in 1992.

In 1994, Prince Charles admitted in a TV documentary that he had strayed from his marriage vows, but insisted the infidelity happened only after the marriage was "irretrievably broken down, us both having tried."

It was widely assumed, but never confirmed, that Parker Bowles was the other woman.

Charles and Diana divorced in 1996, a year before she was killed. Parker Bowles obtained her divorce from army officer Andrew Parker Bowles in 1995.

In April 1997, Parker Bowles took a tentative step into public life when she became patron of the National Osteoporosis Society.

An official photograph was released to mark the occasion. In July that year, Charles hosted a party for Camilla to celebrate her 50th birthday.

The couple appeared less frequently in public after Diana's death in August 1997, but in 1999 Camilla met Charles' sons Prince William and Prince Harry for the first time.

In recent years, she has regularly accompanied Charles to galas and has become accustomed to appearing in front of the media.

Last year, a poll indicated that more Britons support Prince Charles marrying Parker Bowles than oppose it.

Thirty-two per cent of respondents to the Populus poll said they would support Charles if he remarried, while 29 per cent were opposed. Thirty-eight per cent said they didn't care and two per cent had no opinion.

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Camilla unlikely to come to Australia

Camilla Parker Bowles is highly unlikely to accompany Prince Charles on his tour of Australia next month, weeks before their wedding.

The prince leaves on February 28 for his tour of Perth, Alice Springs, Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra, but sources told AAP it is expected to remain a solo trip.

Charles' office at Clarence House announced yesterday the couple was to be married on April 8 at Windsor Castle with Mrs Parker Bowles to be known as the Duchess of Cornwall.

Controversy over the most sensitive issue for most Britons was avoided when it was also announced she would not become Queen.

Instead, she would be known as the Princess Consort if Prince Charles inherits the throne from his mother Queen Elizabeth.

Prince Charles's remarriage to a divorcee would have no constitutional bearing on the monarchy's position in Australia, said Jason Groves, the UK Convener of Australians For Constitutional Monarchy.

"As far as how it affects Constitutional Monarchy in Australia, there is no impact on the constitutional system whatsoever," he said.

"The Australian constitution clearly states the sovereign is the only person mentioned.

"This is the son of the sovereign. Even when the Queen comes to Australia, the Duke of Edinburgh is given all courtesy, but he has no official position in the Australian constitution.

"Whether Charles is married or not makes no difference, there is no established church in Australia, so there's not this issue surrounding divorce.

"Divorce is legal in Australia. Many people in Australian public life are divorced, including the Leader of the Opposition and previous governors general.

"I don't see that as being an issue for Australia.

"The wife of the sovereign and even the heir to the throne or his wife have no position."

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, endorsed plans for a civil ceremony, followed by a blessing in St George's Chapel, over which he will preside.

"These arrangements have my strong support and are consistent with Church of England guidelines concerning remarriage, which the Prince of Wales fully accepts as a committed Anglican and as prospective Supreme Governor of the Church of England," Dr Williams said.




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