The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Rowan Williams, has welcomed the announcement that HRH Prince of Wales and Mrs Camilla Parker Bowles are to marry.
In a statement from Lambeth Palace, Archbishop Rowan said, "I am pleased that Prince Charles and Mrs Camilla Parker Bowles have decided to take this important step. I hope and pray that it will prove a source of comfort and strength to them and to those who are closest to them."
The Archbishop has accepted an invitation to preside at a service of prayer and dedication following the civil ceremony. He said, "These arrangements have my strong support and are consistent with Church of England guidelines concerning remarriage which the Prince of Wales fully accepts as a committed Anglican and as prospective Supreme Governor of the Church of England."
Announcement of the marriage of HRH the Prince of Wales and Mrs Camilla Parker Bowles
From Clarence House, London
It is with great pleasure that the marriage of HRH The Prince of Wales and Mrs Camilla Parker Bowles is announced. It will take place on Friday 8 April 2005 at Windsor Castle. The Prince of Wales has said: "Mrs Parker Bowles and I are absolutely delighted. It will be a very special day for us and our families."
Mrs Parker Bowles will use the title HRH The Duchess of Cornwall after marriage. It is intended that Mrs Parker Bowles should use the title HRH The Princess Consort when The Prince of Wales accedes to The Throne.
The wedding will be a largely private occasion for family and friends. It will comprise a civil ceremony in Windsor Castle. There will subsequently be a service of prayer and dedication in St George's Chapel at which the Archbishop of Canterbury will preside.