Charles And Camilla Finally Wed

Prince Charles looks back at his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, as Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, holds her hat following a prayer service at Windsor Castle after their earlier civil wedding that the queen did not attend. AP

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles married Saturday at the 17th century Guildhall in the royal town of Windsor, capping a decades-long romance that survived scrutiny, scandal and the prince's first marriage to Princess Diana.

Emerging arm-and-arm from the ceremony, the couple waved to the cheering crowd — but there was no public kiss or embrace.

The couple went later to St. George's Chapel where the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams led a blessing ceremony, followed by a reception given by the queen.

The blessing included the couple and the congregation confessing "manifold sins and wickedness" — words from the Book of Common Prayer. They later pledged to be faithful in their marriage.

The blessing ceremony was attended by the Queen Elizabeth II and about 800 guests, including Prime Minister Tony Blair and the bride's ex-husband, Andrew Parker Bowles, who also attended the civil wedding.

Camilla takes on Diana's previous status as Princess of Wales but she plans to defer to public sentiment by avoiding using the title and will instead be known as the Duchess of Cornwall.

The bride wore an oyster-colored silk coat with a herringbone stitch, a matching chiffon dress and a straw, lace and feathered hat. For the blessing ceremony, she changed into a long, porcelain-blue silk dress and a gold-leafed feather headdress. She carried a small, simple floral bouquet bound with silk from her dress.

CBS News Correspondent Mark Phillips reports that Camilla was never going to enter a "glamour-off" with the late Princess Diana, Charles' first wife. But the ensemble was well received, even if she looked uncomfortable with all the cameras clicking.

"Camilla looked completely terrified," royals watcher Ingrid Seward told Tracy Smith on The Saturday Early Show. "She had told friends beforehand that she was dreading all the photographers. She was dreading that moment when she'd have to pose for pictures. Actually, she didn't pose for pictures. She had a quick joke with Prince William and then dived into the car really quickly."

Instead of the military uniform he wore at his first wedding, Charles was in formal morning wear, and the simplicity of the wedding stood in contrast to the pomp and grandeur of the first royal nuptials in St. Paul's Cathedral in London.
  • Ellen Crean

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