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LONDON, England (CNN) -- The postponed marriage of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles will be at 12:30 p.m. (1130 GMT) on Saturday, his office has announced.

The civil marriage ceremony was postponed one day to allow Charles to attend Friday's funeral for Pope John Paul II.

The 30-minute ceremony at Windsor Town Hall, to be attended by 30 guests, originally had been scheduled for 1:25 p.m. (1225 GMT) on Friday.

Otherwise, Charles' office said key events would be exactly as planned, just a day later.

The service of prayer and dedication in St. George's Chapel will begin at 2:30 p.m. (1330 GMT) and the couple will depart for their honeymoon in Scotland at 6 p.m. (1700 GMT).

The marriage ceremony is taking place just 90 minutes before another couple marry in the same venue.

Local couple Grace Beesley and Fraser Moores are set to wed at the town hall at 2 p.m. (1300 GMT).

Clarence House, Charles' official residence, announced Monday the wedding would be delayed a day, following the Vatican's announcement that Pope John Paul II's funeral would be Friday.

"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, Clarence House said.

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

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.

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.

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.

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


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