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Prince Charles' wedding to Camilla Parker Bowles will be delayed a day so it does not coincide with the funeral for Pope John Paul II, Charles' office said today.

The heir to the throne will represent Queen Elizabeth II at the Vatican funeral on Friday, the originally planned day for the wedding, the prince's office added.

Prince Charles and Parker Bowles made the decision to move the wedding to Saturday after he cut short his Swiss skiing holiday today, a spokesman for his Clarence House office said.

Charles returned to attend a memorial service this afternoon for the pope at London's Westminster Cathedral, which Parker Bowles also planned to attend, the spokesman said. She will not be going to the pope's funeral, he added.

Charles and Parker Bowles plan to marry in a civil ceremony in the town hall at Windsor, west of London.

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