Prince Charles, Camilla Parker Bowles will marry at town hall, not at Windsor Castle

Thursday, February 10th 2005, 12:37 pm
By: News On 6

LONDON (AP) _ Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles will not wed at Windsor Castle, the prince's office announced Thursday, but at the local town hall.

Clarence House office said the April 8 civil ceremony would take place at the Guildhall in Windsor, west of London, rather than at the castle as announced last week. A blessing led by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams after the ceremony will take place at the castle's St. George's Chapel.

Windsor's town hall, the Guildhall, was built in 1690. It is a sturdy building of brick and Portland stone, partly designed by Christopher Wren.

It is one of 29 approved venues for civil wedding ceremonies in the Windsor area. Local authorities charge 265 pounds ($500) for a weekday ceremony _ plus 20 pounds extra if, like Charles and Parker Bowles, a couple wishes to wed on a Friday.

Clarence House also said Parker Bowles has chosen Robinson Valentine to design her wedding outfit and Philip Treacy to design her hat.