Anglican vicar makes last-minute legal challenge to UK royal wedding

[JURIST] Anglican cleric Father Paul Williamson filed a last-minute legal objection to the marriage of Prince Charles [official website] to Camilla Parker Bowles [official website] at the civic offices in Windsor Saturday just before the couple's civil marriage ceremony [British monarchy wedding notice; official royal wedding press pack] in the Guildhall. Williamson claimed that Prince Charles could not remarry while heir to the British throne primarily because Queen Elizabeth II [official website] had broken her coronation oath [background and text] to uphold the doctrine of the Church of England [official website] by consenting to the wedding of two divorcees outside the Anglican church. His objection and two others were later rejected by Dennis Roberts, deputy registrar general of the local council of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead; similar legal challenges to the nuptials were rejected last month [JURIST report; JURIST royal wedding news archive]. The wedding [BBC updates, backgrounder] went ahead as scheduled. AFP has more.



 

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