Those who refuse an honour inevitably follow it up with a worthy fuss

Queen to miss Charles and Camilla's wedding

First there was the small matter of deciding on the right venue for the wedding. Then came the sensitive discussion as to whether the nuptials would actually be legal. And then there was the astrologer who declared the date they'd set was inauspicious.

The jury is now out on Charles's right to succeed

As many as 41 per cent thought William should succeed, while 19 per cent didn't want the monarchy

They have paid their dues. This wedding is a triumph of love

According to some press reports, the announcement of Prince Charles's engagement to Camilla Parker Bowles was originally scheduled for St Valentine's Day, but got pre-empted by leaks. I think I speak for the nation when I say I would have relished a traditional Valentine declaration of passion along the lines of: "Earnest jug-eared tampon loves foxy fag-ash Milla." (Presumably the only thing this pair would do with a fluffy bunnykins is shoot it.) Even so, the engagement strikes me as being a warm-up for the much-maligned festival of lurve.

Revealed: What made Charles marry now

Why? And why now? They have been lovers for much of their adult lives, and, since the death of Princess Diana, have all but lived together. So why do these two fiftysomethings now want to risk antagonising the Church and a public still devoted to Diana by marrying? Brian Cathcart and Francis Elliott report

Faith & Reason: Does the Church do enough to support the institution of marriage?

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Charles to marry Camilla

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