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Old 02-22-2005, 05:11 PM
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perhaps for security reasons.

from the bbc website:

Queen to miss Camilla's wedding


The wedding is due to take place on 8 April in Windsor Guildhall

The Queen will not attend the civil marriage ceremony of her son and his new bride, says Buckingham Palace.

The Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles are getting married on 8 April at the Guildhall in Windsor.

Palace officials said the Queen will attend the church blessing afterwards and was happy to host the reception.

Prince William and Prince Harry, along with Mrs Parker Bowles' children, Tom and Laura, are planning to attend the civil ceremony.
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Old 02-22-2005, 05:12 PM
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It's just been announced from Buckingham Palace that the Queen won't attend the civil wedding.
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I just heard on the TV that the Queen will not be attending the civil ceremony.
What?!! Oh my, how should one "interpret" this?
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Old 02-22-2005, 05:14 PM
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Well, she obviously doesn't 'bless' the marriage, otherwise she would be going.
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Old 02-22-2005, 05:14 PM
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Poor excuse if it´s true. That´s a reason they give far too often. What´s the point of her going out into the public then if they can´t protect her at a small hall or a visit to a village or a giant convention center?
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Old 02-22-2005, 05:57 PM
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Alright No plm What about other member Royal family??? who will attend???



Princess Anne ??

Earl of Wessex and His wife????

Zara Phillips??

Duke of York????

Wait and See...

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Old 02-22-2005, 06:00 PM
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I read in the danish newspaper that it is because the wedding is´t a church wedding, and therefore the queen won´t be there.
The reason to this is that Camilla is not royal so they have to be married in an ordinary townhall.
They cannot be married on windsor castle and this is just because she isn´t royal.

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Old 02-22-2005, 07:08 PM
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I read in the danish newspaper that it is because the wedding is´t a church wedding, and therefore the queen won´t be there.
The reason to this is that Camilla is not royal so they have to be married in an ordinary townhall.
They cannot be married on windsor castle and this is just because she isn´t royal.

Betina
Camilla and Charles are not marrying at Windsor Castle because if they do, they would have to allow the public to marry there as well without the usual 3 year waiting period.

Bah, this whole business is leaving a bad taste in my mouth...
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Old 02-22-2005, 07:39 PM
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It is a little odd that QE2 won't witness the vows. I don't know about Charles's siblings but I read that all 4 of the children (Wills, Harry, Tom, Laura) will witness the vows.
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Old 02-22-2005, 08:19 PM
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This is getting weirder by the minute--Why I am not surprised??

Her Majesty the Queen is not attending the civil ceremony--well, that is a kick in the head to Charles!! I am finding the unfolding events of this occasion funnier and stranger as time moves on!:p

Today here in the USA, I read People Magazine's article about William and Harry's feelings about the marriage. While People magazine is essentially a "tabloid", Some of the observations were keen. They remarked upon how cuttingly short, even by royal standards, William and Harry's public statement was.

They noted that while they love their father and want him to be happy, this wedding does denigrate the memory of their mother somewhat--Camilla was a primary factor in the breakdown of the marriage. While William and Harry wish for their father's happiness and know Camilla makes him happy, they are not quite pleased with a wedding. William and Harry gave a hesitant approval to their father to marry Camilla, and will attend for their father's sake.

These poor boys have been through enough with all of this. I also say Camilla's children have been through enough. As a previous poster said on this thread: "This is leaving a bad taste in my mouth.":(

Another interesting theory proposed in the article was that Charles is going forward with the marriage due to the debacle of the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Westminster's daughter to Charles godson. The Duke and Duchess were not going to sit Charles and Camilla together and they boycotted the wedding where the Queen, William, Harry, and many other royals attended smiling. If Charles and Camilla were married, they would have to have been placed together. Charles is ever trying more and more to regularize Camilla's position. He is fighting an uphill battle!
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According to Yahoo News/Reuters, the Queen isn't attending her eldest son's wedding to respect his and Camilla's wishes to keep the wedding "low key."




British Queen to Miss Wedding of Charles to Camilla


By Peter Griffiths LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Queen Elizabeth will not attend the wedding of her eldest son Prince Charles to his long-time partner Camilla Parker Bowles, adding to an air of chaos that has surrounded plans for the day.







The queen planned to stay away to respect the couple's wish for a low-key wedding, the palace said. But some royal watchers said the move would further embarrass the royal family and add to an air of farce around the April 8 ceremony.



"Mothers always go to your wedding whoever or wherever you are," royal photographer Arthur Edwards told Sky News. "It is just another snub."



The wedding has been dogged by controversy since it was announced on Feb. 10, with newspapers claiming the queen and the heir to her British throne are engaged in a bitter row over how some of the marriage plans have unravelled.



Charles was forced to change the venue from Windsor Castle, the queen's royal residence west of London, to Windsor Town Hall because of difficulties in getting a license for the castle that would not force it to throw the doors open to the public.



Constitutional experts have been arguing over whether members of the royal family are even allowed to marry in a civil ceremony in England.



"It has gone from a smooth operation to a fuss and now a farce," constitutional expert David Starkey told Reuters.



Under the headline "The War of the Windsors," the top-selling tabloid Sun newspaper reported this week that the queen is "horrified" by aspects of the wedding.



The paper said the queen was unhappy that the venue had to be changed and that the original plan for a low key event had started to spiral into something bigger.



Some opinion polls suggest the British public is opposed to the marriage of the Prince of Wales and Parker Bowles.



"This will further split the country, with people saying 'does the queen really believe in this marriage'," royal commentator James Whitaker told BBC News 24.



Buckingham Palace rejected suggestions of a row, stressing the queen would attend a church blessing of the couple by the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams to be held after the service.



"The queen will not be attending the civil ceremony because she is aware that the prince and Mrs Parker Bowles wanted to keep the occasion low key," the palace said in a statement.



Constitutional expert Lord St John of Fawsley said the queen was right not to attend the civil service.



"It would have served no useful purpose," he told the BBC.



Charles was divorced in 1996 from the late Princess Diana, whose youthful beauty, charm and later marital difficulties captivated the British tabloid press for years.



Parker Bowles has faced an uphill struggle to escape the shadow of Diana, whose sudden death in a 1997 Paris car crash caused an unprecedented outpouring of grief in a nation which once prided itself on its stiff upper lip.

Camilla is widely depicted in the tabloid press as the "other woman" who has held Charles's affections since he first met her in 1970 and was considered by Diana to be the third person in her marriage to the prince. (Additional reporting by Matt Jones)
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Old 02-22-2005, 08:38 PM
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I read in the danish newspaper that it is because the wedding is´t a church wedding, and therefore the queen won´t be there.
Can you imagine the security nightmare of the Queen attending this service. You can count on the fact that there are going to be some unpleasent scenes with Dianarites out to cause trouble. I would say that HM has been advised by the Royal Protection Squad that it is in her interest not to attend.
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Old 02-22-2005, 08:55 PM
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Oh come on! It breaks my heart to face up to this but the situation,unpleasant as it is, is staring us all in the face. The Queen dosn't want to go to this wedding. She has already attended Prince Charles' original wedding and as a devout member of the Church of England she can't condone this. I don't condem her for trying to paper over the cracks that exist as she's trying to protect the Monarchy but I'm afraid that due to her son's pig-headedness we are probanbly witnessing the deaththroes of this great institution.
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I think that is just a little bit extreme. This isn't exactly the downfall of the British monarchy. It is just a minor thing.
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Old 02-23-2005, 02:11 AM
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For Heaven's sake!

The Queen will not be at the ceremony but she WILL be at the PrayerService... and she's throwing the reception... not exactly a cold shoulder to the pair.

Maybe she isn't happy about the lack of church ceremony but she IS still taking part in the day.
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Old 02-23-2005, 02:17 AM
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For Heaven's sake!

The Queen will not be at the ceremony but she WILL be at the PrayerService... and she's throwing the reception... not exactly a cold shoulder to the pair.

Maybe she isn't happy about the lack of church ceremony but she IS still taking part in the day.
The point is, she still isn't going to the actual wedding. She can miss the other events, but missing a wedding is a major decision, that will be interpreted as the queen not being too happy with the whole situation.
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Old 02-23-2005, 03:23 AM
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I just heard on the TV that the Queen will not be attending the civil ceremony.
One royal correspontent says that the queen has never atteded a civil marraige before will not attend this one to "preserve her dignity." I don't know what is supposed to be undignified about a civil wedding and other monarchs attend them. If this is the reason then it just shows how out of touch with reality Elizabeth really is.(Not that anyone in Britain needs any proof of that.)
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The point is, she still isn't going to the actual wedding. She can miss the other events, but missing a wedding is a major decision, that will be interpreted as the queen not being too happy with the whole situation.
A bit like having it both ways.

Clever of them to have two separate ceremonies; the Queen can avoid the first to keep certain sections of the public happy, but she will host the second in her "own home", and have the whole family together.

And if there's a bit of "controversy"?
So be it. Look to the long term.

Most people will get over it. In a few years time we will ask what all the fuss was about.
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Old 02-23-2005, 03:38 AM
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Can you imagine the security nightmare of the Queen attending this service. You can count on the fact that there are going to be some unpleasent scenes with Dianarites out to cause trouble. I would say that HM has been advised by the Royal Protection Squad that it is in her interest not to attend.

UH, gee, if William and Harry can attend, why can't HM?? I think HM has put her foot down finally and thank God for that!! This whole thing has turned into a chaotic nightmare.

AND by the way, not everyone who loves Diana is a troublemaker!!!!!!
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Old 02-23-2005, 03:40 AM
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/4289417.stm

Have to agree with the answer to the last question. I mean the change of venue thing is ridiculous. Not knowing about the 3 year rule. Good grief.

and another place to hear others´opinions on the Queen´s Decision:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/talking_point/4289515.stm
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UH, gee, if William and Harry can attend, why can't HM?? I think HM has put her foot down finally and thank God for that!! This whole thing has turned into a chaotic nightmare.

AND by the way, not everyone who loves Diana is a troublemaker!!!!!!
tiaraprin,
It isn't just the Dianarites who could cause security problems but the whole terrorist threat. The RPS (Royal Protection Squad) can control things within the castle but the Guildhall is a public place in the centre of town. Can you imagine anything more catastrophic than a terrorist attack on a gathering where the monarch, heir & next two in line are all present?????? Similiar scenario which does not allow Charles & William to fly on the same plane.

BTW, has it been said that "The Queen will not attend" or that "The Queen & Duke of Edinburgh will not attend"? if the former then it is highly likely that Phillip will be at the ceremony.
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