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LONDON, England (CNN) -- Prince Charles' wedding to Camilla Parker Bowles has been moved to Saturday to allow Charles to attend Pope John Paul II's funeral at the Vatican on Friday, his office said.

"As a mark of respect His Royal Highness and Mrs. Parker Bowles have decided to postpone their wedding until Saturday," a spokesman for Charles said.

Charles cut short his skiing holiday in Switzerland to attend a memorial service for the pope at London's Westminster Cathedral on Monday.

Parker Bowles attended Monday's service but will not attend Friday's funeral, according to Clarence House, the prince's London residence.

Charles will attend the pope's funeral as the representative of the British royal family, a Clarence House spokeswoman said.

"We hope the wedding will simply shift 24 hours," the spokeswoman said. "All details will be confirmed later."

The Vatican announced Monday that the pope's funeral would be held Friday -- the same day Charles and Camilla had planned to wed.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, both of whom were scheduled to attend the wedding, also were expected to attend the pope's funeral.

"It is expected that the arrangements will be largely the same as previously planned and more details will be announced as soon as possible," the prince's spokesman said.

Three weddings are due to take place on Saturday afternoon at the Guildhall in Windsor where the heir to the throne will marry, but the morning is free, the UK's Press Association reported.

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead council insisted that these scheduled ceremonies would not be moved to accommodate Charles and Camilla.

The royal wedding has already been hit by several glitches. (Ghost of Diana?)

The venue had to be switched from Windsor Castle to the town hall in Windsor after a mix-up over marriage licenses.

Constitutional experts also have questioned the legality of a civil ceremony.

Charles divorced his first wife, Princess Diana, in 1996. She died in a car crash in Paris a year later.

Queen Elizabeth II has said she will not attend her eldest son's second marriage, but she is planning to attend a blessing being given afterwards by Archbishop Williams at nearby Windsor Castle, west of London.


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