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TONY JONES: Buckingham Palace is tonight said to be in damage control in an effort to limit the
latest controversy marring Prince Charles' wedding plans. The Queen has decided not to attend her
eldest son's second marriage to Camilla Parker Bowles, and her decision is widely being regarded as
a snub, despite palace denials. The Prince is said to be anguished. Jane Hutcheon, our London
correspondent, has this report.

JANE HUTCHEON: "Humiliated", "A farce", "Rage" - the newspapers echo the mix of emotions around the
latest twist in a marriage desperately in need of a wedding planner. At Clarence House, the
Prince's London residence, he and his fiancée, the future Duchess of Cornwall, met prominent
Antipodeans before his departure this weekend to Australia. Talk about the controversial wedding
was politely avoided.

JOHN ANDERSON (DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER): And we discussed, of course, his coming trip to Australia,
and I had the opportunity to congratulate him on his impending marriage to Mrs Parker Bowles.

DAME KIRI TE KANAWA (OPERA SINGER): I'm very, very happy for him and for both of them. You only get
one chance at some things in life.

JANE HUTCHEON: Well, second chance for both of them, and that's the problem. Some lawyers argue
that a 19th century law bans the royals from civil marriage. In 1955, Princess Margaret was told
she couldn't marry Captain Peter Townsend, who'd been divorced. Some sectors of the legal
profession believe a new law is required.

VALENTINE LE GRICE, QC (BARRISTER): My own view is that this debate about the current legislation
should be resolved by fresh legislation expressly permitting the royal family to marry in a civil
service.

JANE HUTCHEON: But Britain's Lord Chancellor has now endorsed the April ceremony, currently billed
for Windsor's Town Hall. The Lord Chancellor's statement was designed to end an ongoing debate
about whether the Prince and Mrs Parker Bowles could have a civil wedding, a wedding the Queen has
said she will not attend. There's been no further word from Buckingham Palace as the wedding jolts
from crisis to crisis. The Prince of Wales must be counting the days to his departure, hoping that
Australia may provide a welcome break from chilly Britain.