Thursday, February 10, 2005

Wedding News and Reports

I though I would add my take on this issue now that all the tabloid shows are over with, and we have the views of Canada on the page about the impending "Royal wedding."

I think the simple fact that Prince Charles abused his relationship with the late Diana Princess of Wales, should NOT be forgotten. We know that Charles was involved with 2 women at the time of his marriage to Diana. But she used him back to push her into the public eye. One, in a good way, because she helped so many, myself included. I felt that she knew what we (those living with Aids) were feeling and she validated our lives to a great deal. What she did for poor countries and for children and land mine issues will have a lasting effect on the world community.

I think that Charles and Camilla should finally get to have the life they want, I am not sure of why they had to travel the road they did to get here. I mean, why didn't this journey change sooner. I don't recall when Camilla divorced her husband.

The fact that Princes William and Henry support this marriage tells us a great deal. If they can accept Camilla into their lives then that should be a tell tale sign of what we as the world looking in should do. I think after Diana's death we were all concerned with their welfare as young men.

You know when Diana died I actually wrote a letter to William and Harry and sent it along with the memory book we all signed in Miami, on the day of the memorial service after her death. I still think about that letter, and i ponder the question if they read any of them, or are they still sealed in some box at the Althorp Estate.

I wish Charles and Camilla peace and I hope that finally NOW they will find closure to the years they had to lurk in the shadows to see each other. Maybe the world will accept Camilla into our lives. We know that she is NOT seeking the throne, all she wants is to be married to Charles. So be it.

Best wishes from Montreal.

I still think that Diana is rolling in her grave over this news.

10 February 2005


The Duke of Edinburgh and I are very happy that The Prince of Wales and Mrs Parker Bowles are to marry. We have given them our warmest good wishes for their future together.


Diana's Hometown Lukewarm to Charles' News

by JANELLE STECKLEIN, Associated Press Writer

GREAT BRINGTON, England - There's a strong respect for tradition in Great Brington, a tidy, tiny village near Princess Diana's grave and childhood home — and an enduring loyalty to the princess, who died in a car accident in 1997.

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Many villagers said Thursday they accepted Prince Charles' decision to marry longtime companion Camilla Parker Bowles. But many were glad Parker Bowles — whom Diana blamed for the breakup of her marriage — would not take Diana's title, Princess of Wales, or ever reign as queen.

"They should be allowed to do whatever they want and it is as simple as that," said Jacqui Ellard, 33, manager of the Althorp Coaching Inn Fox and Hounds, a centuries-old pub in the village 70 miles northwest of London. "It is nobody else's business but their own."

However, she added: "I don't think people will see her (Parker Bowles) as queen. I think regardless of time there will always be a certain stigma."

Others saw things differently.

"I don't think they should get married," said retiree Ann Rogers, 60. "There is a good feeling towards Diana, most people feel the same way.

"If he does want to marry her, he should abdicate. If he does marry her, she shouldn't be queen," she added.

Charles' Clarence House office said Parker Bowles, 57, would take the title Duchess of Cornwall, rather than Princess of Wales, when she and the 56-year-old Prince of Wales marry on April 8. If Charles becomes king, she will be known as Princess Consort rather than queen.

Great Brington bar worker Alison Watson, 37, approved of that choice, and of the couple's decision to have a low-key civil ceremony rather than a church wedding. She said "a huge wedding ... would upset quite a few people."

"The royal family we always expect to do the right thing," she said. "Giving away Diana's title wouldn't really be that.

"Although this is a modern world, they should really still follow the traditions and the rules. We all know that Charles did wrong by Diana, but life goes on and I don't begrudge him his happiness."

The royal wedding was a major topic of conversation at the local pub Thursday, though not everyone was interested.

"I could care less," said Roger Warburton, 58. "I hope there are more important things in the world than Charles remarrying."

Nearby Althorp House and its estate have been home to Diana's ancestors, the Spencer family, since 1508. Her brother, Earl Spencer, still lives in the imposing stone home amid the manicured grounds where Diana is buried on an island in the middle of an ornamental lake.

Spencer said he would not comment on Charles' decision. The iron gate to his estate was locked shut on a rainy Thursday evening, and no members of the public had turned up at the well-known site.


LONDON (AFP) - Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles will have a civil wedding at Windsor Castle in April where they will be blessed at St George's Chapel -- the scene of many royal funerals and marriages gone by.

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The 15th-century Gothic chapel, located within the extensive grounds of one of Queen Elizabeth II (news - web sites)'s main residences, was the venue for the wedding of Charles's youngest brother Prince Edward to Sophie Rhys-Jones in June 1999.

On a more somber note, it is also the resting place of 10 monarchs, including the remains of King Henry VIII, the beheaded Charles I as well as Charles's grandparents, George VI and the Queen Mother.

The low-key wedding ceremony for Charles, 56, and Parker Bowles, 57, both divorcees, will be in stark contrast to the extravagent event given by the royal family to mark the "fairy tale" wedding between the crown prince and his former wife, the late Princess Diana in 1981.

That televised marriage at St Paul's Cathedral in the heart of London, captivated the whole world, and ended in divorce in 1996, one year before Diana died in a tragic car accident.

Construction of St George's Chapel began in 1475 under King Edward IV and work was completed during the reign of Henry VIII in 1528.

The architecture represents one of the finest examples in the country of Perpendicular Gothic -- late medieval English -- style.

The chapel is a place of worship for the sovereign and the royal family. Like Westminster Abbey, it is known as a Royal Peculiar, with the Dean of Windsor responsible only to the sovereign.

Its choir comprises of a mixture of boys from St George's School and men who live in houses in the adjacent Horseshoe Cloister.

The building is open to the public every day, both for sightseeing and for services, except when special royal events -- such as weddings -- take place.

Inside the chapel are beautifully carved stalls, while the walls are decked with helmets, crests and banners of the present knights.

At the back of each stall are enamelled plates displaying the arms of former and present knights.


Charles and Camilla to honeymoon in Scottish royal retreat

LONDON (AFP) - Princes Charles and his bride-to-be Camilla Parker Bowles are to honeymoon at a historic lodge in the grounds of the royal family's Balmoral estate in central Scotland, officials said.

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Birkhall, which is owned by Charles, is a grand, white-washed building, which while officially a hunting lodge is in fact closer in scale to most people's idea of a rambling country mansion.

The Jacobean house was built in 1715, and was bought by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert for one of their sons in 1849, who disliked it and stayed there only once.

It is traditionally given to the heir to the British throne on their marriage. Queen Elizabeth was given it by her father, King George VI, and spent part of her own honeymoon there.

The house also has fond memories for Charles, who has called it "a unique haven of cosiness and character" and sheltered there during the turmoil of his separation from Princess Diana.

Charles has in recent years spent some time there with Parker Bowles, who reportedly ordered a series of careful removations to Birkhall several years ago so the couple, who are to wed on April 8, could use it as a quiet bolt-hole.

According to royal officials, parts of the house remain much as they were in Queen Victorias day.

"The old bathrooms, for instance, have deep bathtubs with chrome taps and a trio of original washbasins situated in a line against the wall and marked in Gothic script, 'teeth', 'hands' and 'face'," a royal spokesman was quoted as saying in 2002.


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