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Charles and Camilla - Archbishop's statement

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr 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, Dr Williams 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."

Dr Williams has accepted an invitation to preside at a service of prayer and dedication following the civil ceremony. Dr Williams 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."