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Prince Charles, Camilla Parker Bowles Marry
Aired April 9, 2005 - 06:00 ET
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ANDERSON COOPER, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): It's not your typical fairy tale romance and it might not be your typical royal wedding. More than 30 years after they first met, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles (UNINTELLIGIBLE).
BECKY ANDERSON, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): They share a sense of humor, a love of rural life and an enduring attraction to each other. But the union has been long delayed by hesitant wooing, disastrous marriages and then, postponed an extra day by a pope's funeral. The course of true love may never have run this rough.
ANDERSON: And a very warm welcome. I'm Becky Anderson.
COOPER: And I'm Anderson Cooper. No, we're not related. Welcome to our special coverage of the wedding of Charles and Camilla. Over the next five hours, we are going to give you extensive coverage of all the day's festivities. We'll have the actual service of Charles and Camilla going into the Guild Hall, the civil ceremony. There will then be a church service after that.
ANDERSON: That's right. This wedding has been dogged by the sort of bad luck that you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy. The venue was changed and there were questions of legality. Then there was a date change.
COOPER: And then there was the, who's going to pay for security.
ANDERSON: And then there was the fact that the queen sort of snubbed this wedding. Well, that's certainly what the papers are saying. But in an hour and a half from now, if all goes to plan, Camilla Parker Bowles, nee Shand, will be marrying Prince Charles.
COOPER: And it is a lovely day here in the lovely town of Windsor. There are probably several thousand, I'd say perhaps maybe that's being a bit optimistic there, at least many hundreds of people here who have gathered to see these two, these two who have been together really for more than 30 years, at least in love, not necessarily in marriage. They have been married to other people. That of course has been well talked about over the years and it's the source of much controversy, though the people here in the crowd are enormously supportive of these two finally getting married. ANDERSON: It's being called the longest courtship in history, some 35 years after 1970 when they met, their eyes met across the polo field. Let's find out what's going on in the crowds. Richard Quest is on the street.
RICHARD QUEST, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, the double Andersons. Hi, I'm down here in the crowd, never mind you lot up there. I'm really down here with the people where we're going to be getting reaction and some thoughts on what you all think of this royal wedding.
That's a rather pathetic -- what do you think of this royal wedding?
Now that's a little bit better. You can see the atmosphere we've got down here. I would say several thousand people now in the streets of Windsor. We are waiting just for the first arrivals. We will here. We will have reaction. They're here from all over the world. Where are you from?
QUEST: Oh, Windsor, you don't count. But there's some people from Australia, some people from South Africa and loads of people from the United States. We'll be talking to them in the hours ahead.
ANDERSON: We thank you very much indeed. Richard Quest is on the streets as he should be.
COOPER: As he should be, as he often is, walking the streets. Richard, thanks very much. Really there is a lot of enthusiasm here. A few people in the crowd have said some negative things. Richard was talking to some people earlier. There of course has been a lot of negative coverage over these events over the last several months and a lot of negative coverage over the years about Camilla Parker Bowles, but I think she's hoping that all of that will be forgotten now, that this is a new start if you will.
ANDERSON: That's right. That's right. Nobody really knows how the press will deal with it. But let's find out exactly who she is and Walter Rodgers gives us a preview to the day's events.
WALTER RODGERS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Windsor Castle, not a bad launch pad for your second marriage. It is from here Prince Charles and his bride blast off, transforming a love affair of a third of a century into a legal marriage.
Hold it, Handel. Not everyone's celebrating. The groom's mother, the queen, is snubbing the wedding. She heads the Church of England, but her son and new daughter in law are divorced, so they're getting married in this modest Guild Hall, a civil ceremony, 30 guests, the bride and groom's children, and it is here they take their vows.
Mum will be there in spirit. When mum is queen and your grandmother was queen, they look down on you from everywhere. Not yet, Charles, not yet; mum is still on the throne.
Besides, there's the murky issue of whether Camilla will ever become queen. Here in St. George's Cathedral after the civil wedding, there will be an official church blessing, which the queen will attend. The bad news is, in front of 750 guests, Charles and Camilla must publicly confess their adultery saying, quote, "we acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness." This from the Book of Common Prayer.
But the good news is, there's a royal banquet later. So after all that, a scowl on the face of the statue of Charles' great, great, great grandmother, Queen Victoria, might even look good.
Walter Rodgers, CNN, Windsor.
COOPER: Yes, what would Queen Victoria think? I'm not sure. Stern-faced police and photographers probably outnumber the spectators on this chilly morning in Windsor, England, a lovely morning though.
ANDERSON: The wedding absolutely has sparked a tabloid frenzy. We'll talk with Arthur Edwards of "The Sun" newspaper. He is "The Sun's" royal photographer. That's after this very short break. Do stay with us.
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ANDERSON (voice-over): Putting on the Ritz, Prince Charles and his long-time love, Camilla Parker Bowles make their public debut. The company left the Ritz hotel to face the flashbulbs and a horde of journalists. The occasion, the 50th birthday of Camilla's sister, Annabel Elliott. Before that night, there had been a bounty $3 million of a picture of the couple together.
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ANDERSON: Welcome back to a royal wedding. I'm Becky Anderson.
COOPER: And I'm Anderson Cooper. The British tabloids have made a blood sport really of covering the royal family over the years. The British media has never been particularly friendly to Prince Charles or bride to be, Camilla Parker Bowles for that matter.
ANDERSON: To say the least. And the run-up to their wedding day is proving no exception. Matthew Chance looks at how the British press are toasting or, some would say roasting the royal couple.
MATTHEW CHANCE, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): It's been a savage week in the British press. The royal couple berated, every wedding hitch and gaff apparently seized upon with glee. It is a campaign months in the planning.
There have been undercover reports. Journalists from "The Sun" newspaper staged an embarrassing security breach at Windsor Castle, driving unchecked into the fortress in a filthy white van with a fake bomb in the back. Inside, they boosted of their exploits.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: My name's Alex Meek (ph). I'm a journalist for "The Sun" newspaper. And with some bogus paperwork, I managed to get to Windsor Castle just three days before the royal wedding.
CHANCE: The real-life antics of the tabloid press have been picked up in television satire too.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I've been witness to the most insolent sort (ph), images that had never been seen before on British television.
CHANCE: In this hit TV show, grainy images of royal look-alikes create the illusion of secret filming by a royal butler.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is all so damn difficult. I'm not sure I can cope with...
CHANCE: From unflattering scenes of Camilla and Charles' doubles...
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Charles, (UNINTELLIGIBLE), come on.
CHANCE: To the mother of the groom seeking comfort with her Corgi.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We could have her incarcerated in the tower, couldn't we, Flopsy (ph)?
CHANCE: Some royal watchers believe royal bashing in the news media and through comedy has become an important outlet to the British.
CHARLES MOSLEY, DEBRETT'S GENEALOGY: All publics need some whipping boy, some lightning rod for their own frustration. We live in a small country. There are far too many people in it. There is too much traffic. We are overtaxed. We have too many cameras recording our every movement, particularly if we cross a yellow grid or go 31 miles an hour instead of 30 miles an hour. And the poor old prince of Wales is to a very large extent, the whipping boy for all this.
CHANCE: It's not a role the prince is at all amused with. Recently questioned by one journalist about his wedding, he muttered his contempt, unaware his comments could be heard by all.
CHARLES, PRINCE OF WALES: Bloody people. I can't bear that man. He's so awful, he really is.
CHANCE: They are sentiments, even as Camilla and Charles tie the knot, that sometimes appear to be mutual.
Matthew Chance, CNN, London.
COOPER: Bloody people. I can't bear that man. Oh. Camilla Parker Bowles has got into some very bad coverage over the years. I read this quote from an Indian newspaper when Charles was touring India in October 2003. They described her as a divorced, chain- smoking, horsy-and-leathery complexioned Camilla.
ANDERSON: And that was the polite newspaper.
ANDERSON: You should have read what the others said.
COOPER: Terrible. Camilla Parker Bowles' involvement with Prince Charles has long made her a prime target of course for paparazzi. Joining us to explain some of their sometimes testy relationship between the photographers and the British royal family is our next guest.
ANDERSON: That's right. It's Arthur Miller of course, Arthur Edwards, I'm so sorry, Arthur, got it wrong already...
COOPER: Arthur Miller the playwright would be another guest. We'll have him on a little bit later.
ANDERSON: OK, Arthur Edwards, the royal photographer for "The Sun." Arthur, a testy relationship over the years with the royal family and the press, made all the much worse by the paparazzi, people like you. It's not really fair, is it, after all? These guys are just a family.
ARTHUR EDWARDS, THE SUN NEWSPAPER: Yes, they are. They're our royal family, and of course the reason why Camilla has had such a bad press is because the followed the wonderful Princess Diana, who was a cross between Cindy Crawford and Mother Theresa as far as the British people were concerned. And Camilla, of course, says nothing, does nothing, just smiles. And so the British public have no idea what she's like. But I think after this wedding today, I think we'll find out, because she really has got a lot to offer this country.
COOPER: Do people want to see pictures of her? I mean, are pictures of her valuable? Do they sell well?
EDWARDS: Not as much as they did of the Princess Diana, of course. She was mega. I mean, every job you did with her went on page one. It was no secret that she sold the paper for 17 years. But of course, this woman is a much older lady, much more mature lady, but she's crazy about our prince. One day she will be our queen, whatever people want to call it. She will be the queen, and so after 12:30 today, she will become the second most important woman in the royal family.
ANDERSON: And you're going to have to put up with it.
Let's take a look and see some of the photos that you've taken over the years, because you -- one of Princess Diana's favorites of course, but you have certainly met Camilla. Let's take a look if we can, bring up some of the photos there, and that's of course of you meeting Camilla. What do you think?
EDWARDS: I love Camilla. I think she's a very nice lady. I mean, I ask myself what's in this for Camilla? She's married into this family and she's been pilloried and she's been castigated, but she still loves Prince Charles, and she's going to just, on the day of the actual engagement, that picture you're looking at, she was like a young girl who just got engaged for the first time. So she's happy and looking forward to it.
COOPER: How has she changed in your lens? I mean, has she, has she matured? Has she changed her style?
EDWARDS: Good question. When we first started covering Camilla, she was like a haunted woman. She was running. She had an awful look on her face. She looked like a hunted woman. But now she's just changed completely. Every time she sees a camera, she just smiles right down the lens.
ANDERSON: Does Prince Charles seem like a changed man when you photograph him these days?
EDWARDS: Well, I saw him on Thursday at a job and he looked so relaxed, so looking forward to this day. I mean he was just so happy, and unfortunately, this wedding has been jinxed. That's inevitable. I mean, the way they hurried the original plans after it was leaked into the "English Standard," and of course the fact that we had to move it to the Guild Hall, which is a bad move in my opinion. They should have had it in the castle and then had a room licensed for weddings for the next three years. It would have been a perfect PR scoop for the royals.
COOPER: Do you think public perception of Camilla Parker Bowles will change after today?
EDWARDS: I think so. I think this is the start of the healing process. You know, the wedding of Charles and Camilla has divided this nation, no secret of that. And but like our paper said today in its leader, we wish them all the best and we hope our readers do too. So coming together, Camilla into the royal family today, probably see people accept her much more for what she has to give than what they remember from the past.
ANDERSON: It's not going to be as exciting, though, is it?
EDWARDS: No, it's not. This is the second time around. This is not the fairy tale wedding we had in 1981. I mean then the streets were packed for two days before the wedding and you used to have to step over people to get into your position. Today, I think the reporters and the press outnumber the crowd.
ANDERSON: That's because they thought it was going to be a really lousy day, and in fact, it's turned out to be a fairly good one. So there will perhaps be more people on the street as the day moves on. We're going to take a short break. When we return...
COOPER: Thanks very much, we appreciate it. That was great.
ANDERSON: Well, there's one way when marrying into a royal family.
COOPER: We're going to take a look at the do's and the don't's when dressing for the house of Windsor. I think you're dressed appropriately. Stay with us. We'll be right back.
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ANDERSON (voice-over): A kiss is just a kiss -- not in this case. It was the public kiss for the couple, Camilla in lovely lilac was hosting a charity function and Prince Charles was her guest.
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COOPER: Well, welcome back to our special coverage of the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles. The big question for a wedding like this is what do you wear? I spent much of the morning trying to figure out how to tie a Windsor knot since we are in Windsor. I couldn't figure it out. Becky looks rather smashing I think in purple, very nice.
ANDERSON: Thank you very much.
COOPER: Your boots are particularly -- I don't know if the camera -- probably can't see them...
ANDERSON: We'll look at those later.
COOPER: All right. They're very nice. They're like rocker boots. All right. The bride's wedding dress, no doubt about it, is going to be under some intense scrutiny. The London team that designed her outfit says her wedding dress will be very elegant, as it should be.
ANDERSON: And they say that her hat will be glamorous and her shoes will be simple and feminine.
COOPER: As they should be, of course. Just about anyone and everyone has strong opinions on just what Camilla should be wearing. CNN's Mallika Kapur spoke to a top wedding designer.
(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) MALLIKA KAPUR, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): For most brides to be, picking the dress of your dreams can be a bit stressful. Imagine the pressure if you're marrying a king in waiting.
CAROLINE CASTIGLIANO, DESIGNER: I think she must be sick with nerves.
KAPUR: The Camilla Parker Bowles caught her fiance's attention wearing tweeds and jodhpurs. Her wedding could be just the occasion to show she's more haute couture than horse and country.
CASTIGLIANO: Hopefully, she's had a lot of stylists and a lot of people give her a lot of advice.
KAPUR: Caroline's own advice?
CASTIGLIANO: Well, to be perfectly honest, I think something like this, it's very, very, very simple. This is in what we call a silk zebelin (ph). It's completely off the shoulder. Inside it has a very extensive integral corset, really molds to the body and pulls you right in and gives you the most incredible shape. Well, she should definitely avoid things like this, this gown. First of all, beautiful dress -- this is in a silk marracane (ph), cut on the bias and as you can see, it has spiraling here, but a cowl neck which is very, very full busted, empire detailing again doesn't work on somebody at all that's full busted, because it looks as if you're almost serving yourself on a plate I suppose.
KAPUR: Then there's the inevitable comparisons with Prince Charles' first wife and her spectacular wedding train. Diana's was 25 feet wasn't it?
CASTIGLIANO: Yes, well, no, it's not 25 feet, but...
KAPUR: While Diana was snapped up for the cover of "Vanity Fair," Camilla too has caught the attention of the notoriously spiteful fashion press. She ranks eighth on 2001 worst dressed list.
CASTIGLIANO: No, she's not fashionable, but I don't think she's a woman that worries about being fashionable. I think she worries about the country set, being on her horses, being with Charles.
KAPUR: And what would Charles want to see his bride wear?
CASTIGLIANO: I'm sure he won't mind if she turns up in a paper bag.
KAPUR: Well, he might. Mallika Kapur, CNN, London.
COOPER: Do you know the man who made, is making her hat, Phillip Treacy, who's an Irish hat designer, has made hats for Madonna and also Marilyn Manson. ANDERSON: You know that Madonna is related to Camilla Parker Bowles.
COOPER: Oh, please.
ANDERSON: I'll work it out, these ancestry things are -- fashion observers say Camilla Parker Bowles has adopted increasingly elegant styles, as she's grown more confident as a public figure.
COOPER: That's really true. Richard Quest joins us now as we ask that inevitable question, what will and what should the bride be wearing? Richard, do you people think?
QUEST: What a risky question to be asking. By the way, Anderson, I'll give you some tips on the Windsor knot.
COOPER: That would be excellent.
QUEST: (UNINTELLIGIBLE) people in the crowd. Now, hello, how are you?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Fine, thank you, absolutely fine.
QUEST: What do you think Camilla should be wearing on a day like today? Her dress sense isn't known to be at its best, is it?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think probably a brocade suit or something like that. I'm sure she'll choose something all right. I think we go far too much on what she's wearing rather than who she is.
QUEST: Do you think they'll be making too much -- I mean, she hasn't got the style and glamour that Di had, does she?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Rubbish. Yeah, but that's just the comparison that people are making between the two, and I don't think at the end of the day there should be the comparison.
QUEST: What do you think she should wear today? What would you -- if you were her, what would you be wearing?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Probably a two-piece suit. I don't know.
QUEST: A nice two-piece suit, cream, not white. White would be very inappropriate.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I don't know. A lot of people get married in white and it's very inappropriate, isn't it?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think she should choose what she feels comfortable in. QUEST: All right.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And I think she'll look lovely.
QUEST: All right. Many thanks indeed.
The crowds now here in Windsor are starting to get sizable, I would say, as you can see. By and large, when we arrived here this morning, early, 5:00, 6:00 in the morning, there was clearly more press and security, but now I would say we're in the thousands. Becky, Anderson.
ANDERSON: Thank you very much indeed. I'm Becky Anderson here at the royal wedding.
COOPER: And I'm Anderson Cooper. Richard, thanks very much. We'll check in to see how the crowd is doing. When do they actually arrive? They're coming in what, in about an hour?
ANDERSON: In about an hour's time, 25 past 12:00 local time, they'll arrive. The ceremony, the civil ceremony at the Guild Hall is at 12:30 local time, about an hour or so from now. So they'll make their way from that ceremony up towards Windsor Castle, which is just behind us here.
COOPER: To St. George Chapel.
ANDERSON: That's right, and that's a 2:30 blessing with the archbishop of Canterbury.
COOPER: My favorite detail is that in the Guild Hall, they're going to be married under an enormous portrait of Queen Victoria.
COOPER: ... in the room, and Queen Elizabeth as well. Even though she won't be here in person, she will have her photograph or her painting there.
ANDERSON: Twenty-eight guests at the civil ceremony, but as Anderson says, the queen and Prince Philip will not be there. Then there's a big reception afterwards. They leave at 6:00 p.m. for Balmoral, where they will be taking their honeymoon.
COOPER: We're going to be covering it all for you right here on CNN. Stay with us. We'll be right back.
ANDERSON: Welcome back. These live pictures of Windsor where in a matter of an hour or so, Camilla Parker Bowles and Prince Charles will be getting married. It's a beautiful day.
COOPER: A beautiful day, some clouds in the sky but the sun is shining through. There had been some talk of rain as there often is here in England, but right now there is no rain in sight. There are a lot of smiles on the faces of people in the crowd, several, probably a few thousand people perhaps have lined the streets of this beautiful town of Windsor, waiting for the first glimpse of Prince Charles and his bride to be, Camilla Parker Bowles. They have been waiting, really lining up since early this morning, just a few dozen people very early this morning around dawn, but now the crowds have definitely grown. The streets have been blocked off. There's a lot of police around and some tchotchkes are being sold, and...
COOPER: Tchotchkes -- it's an American word.
COOPER: Nice American word -- no, no, no, tchotchkes, like things with the pictures...
ANDERSON: Oh I see, I see, memorabilia sort of things.
COOPER: Yes. (UNINTELLIGIBLE). American, she speaks English. Charles and Camilla will exchange their vows in what is by royal standards a fairly nondescript building. It's going to be a civil ceremony.
ANDERSON: That's right. Licensing issues prevented them from holding the ceremony at Windsor Castle.
COOPER: Wait. Now, explain to me this, what licensing, why cannot, why can't they get married in Windsor Castle?
ANDERSON: Civil ceremonies have to be in licensed institutions, and there are many around England which will license themselves and then make money out of civil ceremonies. You cannot -- Windsor Castle wasn't licensed for civil ceremonies, because there have been royal weddings there in the past, but they have been regular wedding ceremonies, not civil ceremonies. Windsor Castle wasn't licensed as a civil ceremony destination.
COOPER: So if they apply for the license, then...
ANDERSON: Everybody else would have been able to get married there too.
COOPER: And they can't have that.
ANDERSON: Didn't want the hoi polloi in.
COOPER: Ah, yes.
ANDERSON: Diana Muriel takes up on a tour inside their second choice, which is Windsor's Guild Hall.
DIANA MURIEL, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Is it an office? Is it a waiting room? No, it's the venue for the next royal wedding. This small shabby chamber in Windsor Guild Hall has stains on the carpet, chipped and peeling paint and a sign urging you to turn off the lights. Even the flowers are fake. But according to local government Representative Anne Dackombe, no redecorations are planned before Britain's Prince Charles and his long-standing companion Camilla Parker Bowles tie the knot here.
ANNE DACKOMBE, WINDSOR COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE: We at the council are not making special arrangements for this particular wedding. We believe that we keep this building in good shape. It's used for all sorts of occasions and it's used for other weddings, and we think it looks -- it looks beautiful for all weddings.
MURIEL: Royal officials are hoping the choice of the smaller of the two available rooms, where legally only 30 people can be present at any time, will keep members of the public out. The stained glass windows and dimpled glass are likely to prevent paparazzi photographs of the ceremony too and this is the official who will preside over that ceremony.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It will be a historic occasion, it's something that's never, ever been done before, and it's a chance to be a part of history.
MURIEL (on camera): This is the route Camilla and Charles are most likely to take from Windsor Castle on their wedding day. They'll come out of the King Henry VIII Gate, another royal with a complicated married life and one who was no stranger to the idea of divorce and remarriage. Then they'll go down the hill and under the stern gaze of Queen Victoria, Charles' great, great, great grandmother, looking especially regal with scepter and orb in hand. Then they'll turn left and go down the High Street, past the souvenir shops, selling memorabilia of the royal wedding, past the gents toilet and into the 17th century Guild Hall built by the great English architect, Sir Christopher Wren.
(voice-over): It's all in stark contrast to the prince's first wedding to Diana, princess of Wales in 1981. Thousands lined the streets on the route to St. Paul's Cathedral in London. A further 750 million people watched the day's events on television. But this time, only the blessing that will take place in St. George's Chapel inside Windsor Castle is due to be televised. Windsor Castle was meant to be the venue for the wedding itself, but it was hastily changed when it was realized that would open the way for any couple to marry there for up to three years. As a consequence it seems, the queen has now decided she will not attend the marriage ceremony itself.
SALLY CARTWRIGHT, HELLO MAGAZINE: It would be overdoing it I think to perceive it as a formal snub, but I think she had hoped that the whole day would be a much more private occasion, obviously disappointed the wedding's got to take place in the Guild Hall, although that is a better alternative than having hundreds of couples getting married in your living room for the next three years.
MURIEL: It is impossible to know what any of Charles' royal relatives will make of this unprecedented ceremony, but certainly Queen Victoria doesn't appear to be amused.
Diana Muriel, CNN, Windsor, England.
COOPER: Well, we just got our first glimpse of some of the pomp and ceremony that we will be seeing a lot of over the next several hours. The guard's band just left Windsor Castle. We got some of the tape of that. The -- always stirring to hear the guards playing.
ANDERSON: That's right. And they came (UNINTELLIGIBLE) Queen Victoria that you saw there in that report by Diana Muriel, and looking I think fairly happy about the whole thing today, actually. There you can see the guards coming down. They were coming down...
COOPER: This is live, actually.
ANDERSON: This is them coming down the High Street now, walking, marching past the Guild Hall, where this civil ceremony will take place.
COOPER: Let's listen in.
ANDERSON: The guards marching down past the Guild Hall from Windsor Castle from whence Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles will emerge in about an hour's time to make their journey down to the Guild Hall.
COOPER: I'm getting excited, hearing the guards got me excited, yes, I feel like I'm really in England now.
COOPER: We are going to take a short break. Our coverage will continue. We have many hours of coverage. We're going to bring you all these events live as they happen. We will see Charles and Camilla arriving at the Guild Hall. We'll also bring you inside St. George's Chapel for the ceremony. Afterwards a religious service. The queen will attend that service so we will -- all those pictures we will bring to you live. We weren't invited to the actual party after the service, but we're hoping maybe -- we'll be right back.
ANDERSON: Let's take a short break. We'll be right back.
ANDERSON: And pictures of the guards, the guard's band as they make they way down through the High Street, just a couple of minutes to go. We're about just under an hour away now from the civil ceremony of the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles.
COOPER: And the crowds here have actually quite increased, quite significantly over the last 40 minutes or so. The crowds are growing, really with each passing minute, getting quite crowded here in the small town of Windsor, a lovely town where they are selling a lot of what I call tchotchkes. I believe you call them memorabilia. ANDERSON: Oh, no, junk. Yeah, memorabilia, let's call it memorabilia. Here's a little look at some of what's being sold. We do note the date here of course Charles and Camilla, the royal wedding, 8th of April.
COOPER: Of course, it was originally going to be on the 8th of April, but then they moved it back a day because of the death of Pope John Paul II. You're also seeing a lot of other plates -- this is a plate in memory of Princess Diana of Wales. That is being sold here also quite popular. A whole number of items, obviously are Princess Diana. A lot of people still talking about her on the streets here this morning, her still very much in peoples' thoughts and their prayers and of course her two kids will be attending the wedding of their father, Prince Charles.
ANDERSON: William will be one of the witnesses as will Tom Parker Bowles, who is Camilla's son. Let's find out what else is being sold on the streets of Windsor, this April 9th, Saturday, the royal wedding day. Walt Rodgers joins us. Walt, what have you got?
RODGERS: Well, Becky, we have a collection of stuff but I think we ought to point out that some of this kitsch that we're seeing is but yet another sign that the jinx between Charles and Camilla may finally have been broken. For one thing, recall the newspapers are the ones who have been pronouncing a jinx here. They predicted snow for today. There's no snow. It's a glorious day.
And this kitsch itself, that we've all being seeing -- here's a tea cup. It's not Royal Dalton, it's not Ainsley, and it's still going for $20. Now the reason these kitsch items have become so valuable is because of the change of date. Each of them is marked with the original wedding date, Friday, April 8th, yesterday, but of course the pope's funeral caused Charles to graciously postpone his marriage by a day. So the mistake on these cups, the jinx if you will, has actually turned into a quite lucrative venture for many here.
And then we've got this plate. This is a $30 plate. I'm not sure what you can use it for, but again it's increased drastically in value. And then there's the tea towel. Now this is truly wonderful, this tea towel. Look at this, eBay $60 for a tea towel. I don't think it would stand the wash more than once or twice but it's a Charles and Camilla tea towel, $60 U.S. dollars, that's 30 sterling.
And then here's my favorite, now this is the one which may take a little explaining. This is the T-shirt and this is Prince Charles. Those bloody people and this T-shirt has a bit of history to it. Charles hates the news media so recently, so much that recently, when he was skiing in Cloisters, he lashed out at the news media when he thought a microphone was not on and he referred to the news media as those bloody people. We'll give the other kitsch away, but I think I'll keep this one for myself. There's something personal in it. I wasn't skiing with him, but I am one of those bloody people -- Becky.
COOPER: That's one definitely to hold onto. Walt, by the way, what is a tea towel? I'm sorry, I know I'm a barbaric American, but what's a tea towel? Do you need a big tea towel for tea?
RODGERS: Anderson, you have to understand. You come from the generation in which you didn't have to hand wash and hand dry dishes. Us older fellows had to have tea towels. Mother made us dry the dishes afterwards. That's a tea towel.
COOPER: We have towels we wash dishes with, but we don't call them -- anyway, I'm sorry.
RODGERS: This is England. There's got to be a tea towel here. You wouldn't expect an old terry cloth thing.
COOPER: I thought it was something that you put the tea cups on and you drink with like a big towel.
ANDERSON: All right. All right. We're at the royal wedding for goodness sakes.
COOPER: All right. All right.
ANDERSON: Just think -- well, I don't know if you've seen this T-shirt. Look at this one.
COOPER: This T-shirt is being sold also in the streets here and I got to tell you, it really kind of shocked me that they would sell this. I mean it's rather rude. It's Prince Charles on a horse with a -- well, the horse has a distinctive hair style obviously there. I don't know if you can see that. It's -- well, anyway, it's kind of...
ANDERSON: Let's zoom in on the horse's head, that's the point.
COOPER: It's just not very nice. I don't know. It's interesting to me though, that even on this day, this lovely wedding day, that in the town of Windsor, they are selling this kind of stuff.
ANDERSON: You know what I think we'll find, once this day is over, that Camilla will be welcomed into British peoples' hearts and already she's -- she's been made up and she's made an effort to really sort of ingratiate herself to the British public and it isn't easy. There's a reason why it's not easy for them.
COOPER: She's also had from everything I've read a remarkable sense of humor and a humor about herself which is something which is obviously very enduring and will likely endear herself to the British public.
ANDERSON: Let's go find out what the crowd thinks. Richard is in amongst them -- Richard.
RICHARD QUEST, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hello, Becky. Yes, talking about souvenirs, not an enormous lot (ph) actually be worn by the crowd. This seems to be the very souvenir that's being handed out, the union flag. Unfortunately, slightly the other way around and you see it's an advert for a local estate agent.
I've managed to move into the crowd and moving to what one might call a little colonial selection so to speak. These are from the old colonies, so to speak. Now where are you from?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: From Chicago.
QUEST: You're from Chicago and you're from...
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Los Angeles.
QUEST: Los Angeles and...
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Seattle, Washington.
QUEST: Seattle, Washington. You've obviously may be here for several hours. Why did you decide to come to see it today. I mean you could have watched it on the telly.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: To show our support. We're happy to see them, two people in love get married. It will be great.
QUEST: And yourself?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Just the history behind it, the history of the royal family seems to be a pretty big deal out here and in America, so it's interesting to see.
QUEST: And you're glad you made the effort. I mean, a car just went by, I have to say, with the first of the wedding guests. I couldn't quite see who was in it, but the guests of honors at least for the civil ceremony, the guests are starting to assemble. And why did you, Madam?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We're living here in Eaton, just about 10 minutes away and we just thought it would be wonderful to see them have a happy day.
QUEST: All right. What do you think of the atmosphere?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's great. We queued up at about 7:00 in the morning and there was just a few people here and now to see all the people, it's just amazing. And everyone's waving the flags and clapping and it's a good day.
QUEST: OK, now here we go. Let me just hand this flag -- thank you very much for lending me your flag. One I did want to show you before I hand it back to you, these two ladies, where are you from?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: New Jersey.
QUEST: New Jersey.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: New Jersey.
QUEST: And look at this. They have a request. They are hoping that there will be future nuptials. Which prince do you want to marry?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Well, I'm looking for William. She's hoping for Harry, but we're flexible.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We're flexible. Either way it doesn't matter.
QUEST: William, Harry.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: If they meet and it doesn't work out, we'll split, be just fine.
QUEST: OK, from New Jersey. There are people from all over the world here at the moment. The crowd has now become reasonably sizable for this wedding. People have come up with all sort of ingenious ways of making sure they can see what's really happening. Where are you from?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We're actually very local. My daughter lives in Windsor so we've come.
QUEST: You decided to make sure you get a decent view. All right. There you are Becky and Anderson. That's the way things looking on the street. I'm afraid I would buy you one of those rather nice hats that people are wearing the big Union Jack hats, but I don't think we'd get very far with it.
ANDERSON: I don't think it would suit you.
COOPER: Did he call them the former colonies? Is that what you said, Richard? Did he say the former colonies?
QUEST: Well, that's what they described themselves out. I mean, one has to be blunt about these things.
COOPER: All right. I'm taking notes on all of this. Richard Quest, thank you very much. We'll talk with you a little bit later.
ANDERSON: And we'll have more on the international interest in this wedding a little later as we move through the day. We are going to take a short break.
COOPER: Our coverage continues. Stay with us.
COOPER: And welcome back to Windsor on this lovely royal wedding day, Prince Charles marrying his long-time love, Camilla Parker Bowles. The marriage of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer of course was a worldwide television event. An estimated 750 million people watched them exchange their vows back in 1981 in Westminster Cathedral.
ANDERSON: In St. Paul's, in fact...
COOPER: Was it really?
ANDERSON: Yes, it was in St. Paul's, because Christopher Wren also -- (UNINTELLIGIBLE). It was a wedding fit for a princess, costing well over $2 million and attended by the wealthiest and most famous people in the world. So how does this wedding compare?
COOPER: It may be unfair to compare, obviously these are two very different things, what these two people have been married before. But let's talk about how it compares and about what went into the planning for this wedding. We turn to one of Britain's best known wedding planners, Siobhan Craven-Robins. Siobhan, thanks very much for being with us this morning.
SIOBHAN CRAVEN-ROBINS, WEDDING PLANNER: Hi, Anderson.
COOPER: This wedding is scaled down significantly. Why is that?
CRAVEN-ROBINS: Well, I think it was always going to be by its nature slightly more understated occasion. It cannot compete with a big fairy tale that happened in 1981 between Charles and Diana and I think the two of them have wanted to keep it as intimate as possible. But it is still a royal wedding, so they've still got to follow certain protocol and have dignitaries and high profile people, politicians attending it as well.
COOPER: And as we're looking at images from that royal wedding back in 1981, I mean there was so much pomp, so much ceremony. We're really not going to see those kind of images today, are we?
CRAVEN-ROBINS: No. By its nature, it being a civil ceremony, it's far more simplified affair, obviously much smaller with just 28 people there and you don't even really have a role of the best man and the bridesmaid. It's the two witnesses who sign the register. So it's much, much smaller but I think we'll still see a little bit of pomp and dignitary at St. George's Chapel. That's really I think what they probably think as their real wedding. That's when obviously his mother and father attending and all their friends, relatives and other dignitaries. So that would be the big occasion, 750 is still a pretty big guest list.
ANDERSON: There's not 750 million and that's what we're suggesting. Now listen, Siobhan, how much of a hassle must it have been to change the date of this wedding a week away from the actual ceremony, because that's effectively what happened isn't it?
CRAVEN-ROBINS: Absolutely. Well, that would be a nightmare for any wedding coordinator, I have to say. Thankful it's never happened to me. The benefit they've got is obviously with the venue. They don't have anybody else using the castle. It's their own home so at least that was easy enough to do. But it still would have been a little bit of a logistical nightmare, changing the civil ceremony and obviously 750 peoples' diaries as well. The florists will also have had quite a job. I mean they would have bought the flowers earlier this week anyway and hopefully it will look as nice and fresh today as they would have done yesterday. But it's still not an easy thing to do and just by nature, letting 750 guests know a date has changed.
ANDERSON: Siobhan, I don't know about in the states, but here in the UK speeches are the big thing at the wedding. The best man makes the big speech and he tells all the old stories about what the groom did in his... COOPER: I remember one time...
ANDERSON: Siobhan, what do you think the speeches are going to be like today or will there be any?
CRAVEN-ROBINS: I don't think those kind of speeches would be quite appropriate today actually but I doubt they will have an speeches. It's a very formal affair and remember, the reception's only two hours long. So I'd imagine the will get there, the queen I imagine would welcome everybody and they will probably cut their cake but I doubt there actually will be any such additional speeches. I should imagine Charles would want to say a few words himself and perhaps William. But they'll be kept quite short and sweet. Two hours isn't long. I mean there's barely time to eat their four-course meal.
COOPER: And then it's off for the royal honeymoon in Balmoral. How long will that be? How, what's expected?
CRAVEN-ROBINS: Well, most honeymoons normally are at least a couple of weeks and hopefully they will get that time together, away from the public eye as well. I'm sure they'll really need it to hopefully at the end of a really enjoyable day, be able to escape and just reminisce about it all and just be happy to be finally married.
ANDERSON: Siobhan, we thank you very much indeed for joining us, Siobhan, Craven-Robins who is a professional wedding planner.
COOPER: One of the biggest here in England. Thanks very much for being with us. In this next hour of our coverage, well, the wedding gets underway. We anticipate seeing Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, his intended in this next hour. So stay with us for that. Our coverage continues here live from Windsor.
ANDERSON: That's right, Richard Quest is on the street. See you after this short break.
HALA GORANI, CNN ANCHOR: We'll continue with our rolling coverage of the royal wedding between Charles and Camilla in a minute.
I'm Hala Gorani at the CNN Center.
And now an update of the headlines we're following for you.
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We return now to our ongoing coverage of the royal wedding.
ANDERSON: You're watching a royal wedding here on CNN.
Hello, I'm Becky Anderson.
COOPER: And I'm Anderson Cooper.
We're sort of our own royal couple. You could consider us the royal couple of news.
Welcome to our special coverage of the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles. Over the next four hours, we are going to bring you extensive coverage. You'll see within this hour Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles arriving at Guild Hall for the wedding. There will be a ceremony after that, which we'll broadcast live to you, from St. George's Chapel. And after that, a big glamorous to do.
ANDERSON: That's right, a big reception hosted by the queen. The queen and Prince Philip won't be at civil ceremony at the Guild Hall, as Anderson suggested, just down the road here to our left. But 28 other close family and friends will be there. And we'll bring you those shots as we get them here in the next 10 to 15 minutes.
On the streets for us today, our very own Richard Quest -- Richard.
QUEST: Good morning from the High Street in Windsor.
They are out with the flags. They are wearing the silly hats. And they are -- and are you ready for a royal wedding? Who tell you, your flag's gone funny.
They are here from all over the world and we will have live coverage on their reaction.
You're ready for a royal wedding, aren't you?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, I am. Most certainly.
QUEST: It's an exciting day.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, it is, and it's good for Windsor.
QUEST: It's good for Windsor.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.
QUEST: All right, that's not one of the silly hats we're talking about. There's the silly hats we're talking about. We will be live on the High Street in just a moment -- back to you guys.
ANDERSON: So, Richard Quest on the streets with the crowds.
COOPER: Hey, so Richard, what -- how many people are in the area where you're at?
QUEST: Well, it's hard to say. I mean I would say we're talking about people now in the thousands. They arrived late. No getting away from it. We got here at 7:00 this morning. It was ourselves, the minior sweepers (ph), a few members of the public and the police. But now look. Oh, gee, on that side of the road they're looking a bit -- bit -- they're looking a bit quiet over there.
ANDERSON: Richard, Richard, how many Brits are there in the crowd and how many international fellows, let's suggest?
QUEST: I would say the majority of people here are British, although I am surrounded by -- yes, there's a couple of ladies that are making a noise of it.
However, what is interesting is the polls said 80 percent of people in Windsor weren't interested and they were not going to come to watch. My experience, just with these ladies and others around, people from Windsor do care and they have made the effort to come down and see this.
We're expecting the first arrivals any time now.
ANDERSON: Very well.
COOPER: Thank you, Richard.
We'll check in with you very shortly.
The guest list for the civil ceremony where Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles became husband and wife is actually quite small, just 30 close family members and friends. There most notably Prince Harry and Prince William will be in attendance, as well as Camilla Parker Bowles' two children.
There'll be some 800 guests, however, on hand to witness a religious blessing at St. George's Chapel, at Windsor Castle.
Royal commentator Robert Jobson joins us now. He'll be with us over this next several hours.
Robert, good morning.
ROBERT JOBSON, CNN ROYAL COMMENTATOR: Good morning, Anderson.
How are you?
ANDERSON: Very well, thank you.
What -- do you think this will change the public's perception of Camilla Parker Bowles? She has been criticized, and perhaps even unfairly, over the years.
JOBSON: Well, we don't really know her, that's the reality. The people of Britain have not really heard her speak, not seen her perform any public duties. And, of course, there is that comparison to the late Princess Diana, who was incredibly popular.
We'll have to wait and see. I think the jury is out on that and I think over the next few years, and it will be years, she's got to prove herself to be worthy of the money that the British people will be spending on her in the sense of security and royal duties.
ANDERSON: All right, let's talk through what we can expect today, Robert.
JOBSON: Well, we're going to see them arrive very shortly now at the civil ceremony, where we're going to have members of the close family, Prince William and Prince Harry, the most notable, which I think is really why the crowds are here, to catch a glimpse of them, as well, and also Charles' brothers, Prince Edward and Princess Andrew, and his sister, the princess royal, Princess Anne, will be there to support the royal couple at the civil ceremony.
That's going to be, as we know, at the Guild Hall, just down the street here.
COOPER: But now why isn't the queen there? I mean there's going to be a portrait of the queen in the room where they get married, but no actual queen.
JOBSON: Well, they tried to fudge that at Buckingham Palace by saying that they didn't really want this to be a big occasion, the civil ceremony was going to be a low key event. Well, we can see how low key it is. There are several thousands of people on the streets and there's all these TV cameras and reporters here. So it's not low key at all.
I think the main reason for that is because she is the supreme governor of the Church of England and there is a slight difficulty of her attending this civil ceremony. She's going to be there at the service of dedication, the blessing, if you like, at Windsor Castle behind us. And that is effectively her representing her son and being there for her son at that particular moment.
She didn't really want to be at the civil ceremony, and nor will the Duke of Edinburgh.
ANDERSON: Robert, you broke the news that Camilla Parker Bowles and Prince Charles were getting married. How has it gone down in the U.K., do you think, because it's -- I mean you couldn't make it up. I mean this has been a right royal farce, hasn't it?
JOBSON: Well, it's been blunder after blunder, there's no question about that. When we broke the story, it caught everyone on the hot, really. And as a result, I think even the people that -- the royal aides who are in charge of these type of events have been catching up, if you like. I mean the very fact that they couldn't conduct the service at Windsor Castle and had to change it, if you like, to the town hall just here is quite ridiculous for the royal family to have to do that. And as Arthur Edwards, "The Sun" photographer, was saying earlier, really, they should really have conducted it at Windsor Castle and allowed members of the public to marry there. And I don't see that would have been a bad thing. It would have been a good thing for P.R. of the House of Windsor.
COOPER: Doesn't the queen like Camilla Parker Bowles? I mean there have been reports that she had at one point called her "that wicked woman," that she said some other unflattering things, which have never really been denied by Buckingham Palace.
Do we know, does the queen like her?
JOBSON: I think she puts up with her. The reality is the Prince of Wales has been conducting his illicit affair and relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles for many years now. So they've accepted the fact that she's part of his life, a non-negotiable part. I think that the queen wears two hats here.
As, obviously, as a mother, she wants to see her son happy. She wants to see him enjoy his life and stable with the woman he loves. But as a monarch, which has to look at the impact that woman is having upon the monarchy. And obviously the polls are, despite the crowds here today, which aren't massive, but despite the crowds, the polls are out against Camilla Parker Bowles and Charles and I think that they've really got to work hard to prove themselves worthy of that position.
ANDERSON: Robert Jobson is our royal commentator and he'll be with us throughout the day. We're here for some four hours, as we take you through the events and the pomp and ceremony with that today.
COOPER: There's a lot more to talk about ahead.
I mean this really is a love story that has spanned some 30 years, even through the marriages. Both these two people have been married before. They met when they were 22 and 23 respectively, Camilla Parker Bowles one year older than Prince Charles.
We're going to talk about their love affair over the years when we come back.
We're going to take a quick break.
We're also going to look at other royal romances. ANDERSON: And insight into Charles' first love and his second bride.
Stay with us.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: People who takes up other people's interests. She's, she's better with human beings than anyone I've almost ever met totally. You will instantly feel that you've known her for ages. And that's nice.
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COOPER: And welcome back to the picture postcard town of Windsor. That is Windsor Castle there, an extraordinarily beautiful castle. And surrounded by a lovely British town, the streets of which are filled with people. Several thousand well-wishers have come to witness the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, his love of some 30 years.
We're seeing a van leaving from Windsor Castle.
ANDERSON: That may just be some of the guests going to the civil ceremony, which will take place here at the Guild Hall in Windsor in about 20 minutes time. There'll be 30 guests at the civil ceremony for Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles. There will be some 800 guests later at the blessing at St. George's Chapel, just around the corner, and an enormous reception, to be hosted by the queen.
The queen won't, of course, be at the Guild Hall today.
COOPER: Lots of people are trying to get a glimpse into that van to see who is in it. We know that there will be some 28 to 30 people in attendance at the actual civil ceremony. Perhaps the biggest names among them, besides Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, will be Prince Harry and Prince William, who will be there in support of their father.
The British papers have portrayed them as stoic in the face of this. Whether or not that is true, we simply don't know.
ANDERSON: Prince William will be one of the witnesses at the civil ceremony in less than 20 minutes time, as will Tom Parker Bowles, who is Camilla Parker Bowles' son. He is a bit of a raver at one stage, but he's grown up. He's in his 30s now and he's settled down somewhat.
That van just stopping before the Guild Hall. We can see it from here. And I believe it's got some of the guests in it who will be attending the civil ceremony. So the guests are now coming up.
We've got our royal watcher, Robert Jobson, with us.
And, Robert, talk us through who we're seeing here.
JOBSON: We're seeing Mrs. Parker Bowles' father, Bruce Shand, a major in the army who's the first to arrive. He's quite an ugly man, but a really exceptional character. You've got Tom Parker Bowles there, who's -- who should be married himself in September. So he'll be arriving. And then you can see other members arriving there.
I can see Sir Michael Peat. He's the private secretary, the most senior aide to Prince Charles, who's greeting them. He's the bald chap. And he's patting someone on the shoulder there. So he's really been behind the organization of the entire wedding, which some people have said has been blunderful and others are saying it should have been done better.
You've also got Laura Parker Bowles, who is arriving there. And you...
COOPER: Is that a hat that's there? Is that a hat?
JOBSON: I think it passes as a hat, Anderson, but I'm not sure it is one.
ANDERSON: Not everybody's got a hat on, I noticed, today.
COOPER: There's some twigs and branches, I think, in there.
ANDERSON: No, it's really not.
COOPER: Are Prince William and Prince Harry arriving with their father?
JOBSON: It's, there, my understanding is that they'll be arriving earlier, that they are acting, if you like, not as official supporters, but they will be effectively best men to Prince Charles. Prince William, for example, is carrying the rings. And he said on the slopes of Clostice (ph) last week that he hopes he doesn't lose them.
COOPER: It's fascinating when you think about it. I mean though Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles met when they were 22 and 23, it wasn't, my understanding, until 1999 that Camilla Parker Bowles actually met Prince William and Prince Harry.
JOBSON: That's absolutely true. And that was a delicate issue that was being handled by a spin doctor called Mark Boland, who was in charge of trying to actually get the public to accept Camilla Parker Bowles as a partner to Prince Charles.
The reality is, though, that it's difficult, isn't it? This is a woman who obviously had a major part in the breakup of Charles' marriage to the late Diana, Princess of Wales. And, you know, no matter how much you respect and love your father, you're always going to have that feeling for your mother, and particularly as she died in such tragic circumstances.
So there's going to be a difficult relationship there, but they are maturing and they're 22 and 20 respectively, and I think that they want their father to be happy.
COOPER: Well, certainly the Princess of Wales at one point in a television interview had said she felt like there were three people in her marriage to Charles, her and Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles.
JOBSON: That's true, but I think if she'd been fair, she would have said there were more because, of course, she committed adultery, too. She had lovers, James Hewitt among -- the man that she said she loved and adored. So obviously it was a very difficult marriage and Camilla Parker Bowles, for all -- whatever sins they're going to repent for today, etc., the reality is she's shown an enduring love for Prince Charles during the 35 years they've been together on and off. And I think the reality is she does calm him. He does require her to support him in what he does and how he carries out his duties. And everyone is entitled to happiness, I think, and we should be generous in that.
ANDERSON: You're listening to the voice of Robert Jobson, our royal commentator, as we watch pictures of the crowd that's gathered at Windsor for the civil ceremony to take place in just under a quarter of an hour's time, 15 minutes. The civil ceremony, of course, of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles.
Now, Robert, traditionally, certainly in the U.K., the bride and groom don't spend the night together. Now, you know, they've been going out, courting for some 35 years. So, you know, I suppose it would be fair to say that that wouldn't be unreasonable. But they didn't spend the night together last night, did they?
He was at High Grove and she at Clarence House, I believe.
JOBSON: I think it's rather nice. I mean the reality is, yes, they did spend the night apart. Also, there's the whole business of preparing for the wedding. Although she's a 57-year-old bride, obviously she wants to look good for her future husband and she wants to surprise him when they arrive for the ceremony today.
So I think that's quite a nice touch, really.
ANDERSON: We don't know what she's wearing yet.
What do you think? Any idea?
JOBSON: It won't be white, I'm sure of that. I should think it will be a coat dress. The designer, Antonio Robinson, have been working for Camilla for some time. And I think they'll make her look good, whatever the case is. These are professional people and I think she'll wear a fairly formal outfit, but I'm sure she'll look good.
COOPER: How orchestrated has this all been over the last several years? You mentioned this spin doctor, if you will, this P.R. man who has been involved with Prince Charles. It's remarkable when you look at the time line how it seems very orchestrated. You know, first he held a birthday party for her, for their 50th birthday. Then she held a 50th birthday party for him. Then they were first publicly seen together in a photograph outside the Ritz Hotel. And then about a year or so later, they were seen first publicly kissing.
Has it all been planned?
JOBSON: I don't think it's been particularly planned in terms of the marriage. I think that that has come about quite suddenly, certainly at the back end of last year, I was hearing that marriage was a possibility, that Prince Charles and Camilla were preparing to marry.
The reality is having her accepted as Prince Charles' escort or consort, his consort, if you like, unofficial, has been the work of the P.R. doctors, the spin doctors.
Mark Boland, who's since left his office, was very important in actually getting that first public photograph of them together. Then they were seen out at theaters and other engagements and more recently at semi-official engagements.
So, yes, it has been orchestrated. But in terms of the marriage, that has come about quite suddenly in the last few months.
ANDERSON: Right. OK. We're watching pictures of a second minibus -- it's just come out of Windsor -- which we believe will have the second lot of guests who will be arriving for the civil ceremony. That looks like the back of Prince Edward's, I think because he's slightly losing his hair. So I'll guess that was Prince Edward anyway...
COOPER: Well, we will shortly see. The bus will be stopping just outside Guild Hall, where the civil ceremony will be taking place. It's not a very long ride from Windsor Castle to Guild Hall. It's just, well, it's really down the block. It's all within sight of each other. So we'll be seeing who is getting out of this van.
ANDERSON: Richard Quest is in amongst the crowd and we'll get to him shortly. The crowd certainly pretty big now. It was just a matter of a few hundred people about four or five hours ago, but no surprise, really, that the streets of Windsor now are really quite packed. There must be a couple, 3,000 or 4,000 people here now, with their Union Jacks. They're really welcoming those who will be attending the civil ceremony here today and, of course, awaiting the arrival of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles.
Let's see who's getting off this bus.
COOPER: Robert Jobson, our royals watcher.
Robert, who do we have?
JOBSON: We've got Princes William and Harry, I think, the most famous two members of the royal family. I think actually that was Prince William slightly boarding ahead. He's got a bit of a problem with his hair, like his father, too. So, yes, they're the big stars of the moment and they're strolling through to go into the Guild Hall accompanied by Sir Arthur Ross, who is the controller, or an organizer at Buckingham Palace. They are really like -- they have got the Princess Diana star quality, these young men, and I think that's going to help the royal family for the future.
COOPER: Certainly a lot of the people in the crowd very much wanting to see Princes William and Harry. And their appearance was very brief. They are now entering Guild Hall.
ANDERSON: I've got to say, Anderson and Robert, they're looking extremely relaxed, aren't they? These two are really good for the royal family, aren't they?
JOBSON: They really are. And I think that they've got to be allowed to go out in public more and actually perform duties. I think Prince Harry is going off to Sandhurst. He's joining the army very shortly. But Prince William still is reluctant to get involved in the business of royaling, if you like. And I think that's got change. You saw just then the commander Tim, the admiral, whatever, Tim Laurence, Princess Royal's husband and Prince Edward, as well, walking in.
So this is a big event. Buckingham Palace trying to dismiss this as a low key event. This is why the queen's not here. It is quite ridiculous when you see the amount of members of the royal family that are actually turning out at the civil ceremony.
COOPER: And, of course, with the first glimpses of members of the royal family, there is a lot of excitement in the crowd.
Robert, we'll be talking with you very shortly again.
The crowd really growing with each minute. As you see, a lot of Union Jacks flying. People smiling and laughing and happy to be here.
Richard Quest is down in the crowd, as he has been all morning long -- Richard, did you get a glimpse?
QUEST: Yes, indeed, and it's not every day you see the Princess Royal sitting on the back of a bus. You know, and I struggled -- look, there we are now. Here we go.
I'm talking to some of the people.
Now, where are you from?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
QUEST: You're from Philadelphia? Well, now you saw that. Did you recognize anyone on the bus?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: William and Harry.
QUEST: You saw them, did you?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.
QUEST: You thought you saw them.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We thought so.
QUEST: You thought you saw them.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We thought so.
QUEST: You're not sure, though, are you?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No.
QUEST: The only one...
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: That's what everyone said.
QUEST: Well, who did you see?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I hardly saw anybody. I had the camera up.
QUEST: Oh, for goodness sake. You missed the big moment. Well, not -- you didn't need to get your shot clear...
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: OK.
QUEST: ... because the (UNINTELLIGIBLE) are going to be coming along and the question is who -- what do you think Camilla is going to be wearing?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Maybe a pink suit?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Pink? I think a suit.
QUEST: A suit?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: A suit.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And a nice suit.
QUEST: A nice suit?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.
QUEST: It won't be a horrible suit?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No, no.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No.
QUEST: Yes, it is her wedding day, after all.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.
Who are you?
QUEST: Hello, Joseph.
Why are you here?
JOSEPH: To see the wedding.
QUEST: And who's getting married?
JOSEPH: Prince Charles and Camilla.
QUEST: Oh, Prince Charles, you know that. Now we're not quite sure whether down here -- hello.
Who's getting married?
UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: Prince Charles and Camilla.
QUEST: Well, you can't see sitting down. You need to be standing up.
UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: I can. I can.
QUEST: You need to be able to see.
Let's see what we can -- let's see what she can see. Oh, there's a lady of the Thames Valley police. Well, you'll get a reasonable view, all things considered.
Where are you from, madam?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I'm from Brighton.
QUEST: You're from Brighton?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.
QUEST: Who was on that bus?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I saw the Princess Royal.
QUEST: You saw the Princess Royal. That's Princess Anne. By the way, that's the queen's daughter. And the interesting thing about Princess Royal, of course, she now gets bumped out of the way in terms of precedents.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.
QUEST: Now Camilla will become Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cornwall.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Right. She's been knocked down.
QUEST: She's been knocked down.
What do you think of it all today? UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think it's pretty good. I think good luck to them. I'm really pleased for them.
QUEST: You've obviously made the decision to come down here in enjoy it.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Exactly, yes.
QUEST: You're local.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, I am.
QUEST: You're local.
What do you think of it?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think it's lovely. Really nice. It's lovely to see the lovely spirit here and everything. Everybody's happy.
QUEST: Have you got a camera there?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Me? No.
QUEST: Oh, dear. You know, lend her a camera. She'll want to get some decent pictures.
All right, well, enjoy the royal wedding.
UNIDENTIFIED SPECTATORS: Thank you.
QUEST: Let's have a cheer.
QUEST: They really are -- it's a very festive atmosphere, despite all, as some would say, the farce and the mistakes and all that sort of thing. It's a very festive atmosphere on the streets, although I have to say the clouds are gathering. And any idea it was going to be a hot, sunny day, forget it.
COOPER: It is a bit brisk, as they say here, but it is still a lovely day here.
ANDERSON: It's not snowing and it's not sleeting, and that's what the weather forecast had suggested. So just, you know, button it, Richard, for the time being. Let's hope we can keep these clouds at bay for another couple of hours.
In just a couple of minutes, we are expecting to see -- and there we are, in fact, now seeing...
COOPER: We have another vehicle.
ANDERSON: The vehicle coming out, which we believe will be carrying Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles as they make their way toward the Guild Hall in Windsor for their civil ceremony.
COOPER: Robert Jobson, our royals watcher, is also here with us watching the images that you are seeing at home.
Do we anticipate Prince Charles arriving with Camilla?
JOBSON: We believe that's going to be the case, yes. They're both driving in a Phantom 6 Rolls Royce that was given to the queen in 1978. It was also used by the Queen Mother. So, yes, this is -- they're going to be both together and they are going to walk in together, I think.
COOPER: Do we think that's them?
JOBSON: That is them, I think.
COOPER: That is them.
ANDERSON: All right, and I have just seen -- she's dressed, it looks to me, in an ivory type color, but we'll see as she gets out of the car. They're about 30 seconds away from the Guild Hall as we speak. That is Camilla Parker Bowles in an ivory hat and, it's like an ivory of dusty pink suit.
COOPER: And there is Prince Charles looking around, glad to see so many people in attendance, several thousand people lined up on the streets of Windsor, this lovely little town outside London, all in the shadow of Windsor Castle.
ANDERSON: Robert, how will they be feeling?
JOBSON: Well, I think they'll be elated. This has been a combination of many years of love and I think that they'll be very pleased to be wed. And you're seeing the crowds are smiling and happy for them. It's a bit different, I think, to the carriages of the last royal wedding of the Prince of Wales. But, hey, you know (UNINTELLIGIBLE) be happy for them today.
COOPER: It's extraordinary when you consider this is a couple that have -- they met more than 30 years ago, that they have been in love with each other for much of that time, certainly. It certainly seemed. They were 22 and 23 when they first met. And at times it seemed like they would never actually be able to get married. But the way things have worked out, they have been. And the crowds are certainly showing their appreciation and their love for these two and for the British royal family.
ANDERSON: Let's not forget that Charles' great great grandfather and Camilla Parker Bowles' great grandmother, of course, were lovers. And...
COOPER: That was actually her line when she first met him. ANDERSON: That's right, the chat up line.
What did she say?
COOPER: Let's listen to the crowds as they welcome these two.
And I was going to say they're going to the chapel to get married. But they're not going to the chapel, they're going to the Guild Hall and it's going to be a civil ceremony. It should not take all that long. It's a small group of people who have gathered, about 30 or so inside. The Princes William and Harry are there, as well. They went inside just about five minutes ago.
ANDERSON: In tradition the bride turns up slightly later than the groom in the U.K., when a couple get married. There's a little bit better orchestrated than that. They're inside the Guild Hall now for the civil ceremony, which won't take very long. They'll be out of there in about a half hour's time, 15 to 20 minutes, in fact. And back out of there, they'll make their way up to Windsor Castle, where at 2:30 local time, which is two hours from now, there will be a blessing at St. George's Chapel.
COOPER: And that is the Guild Hall that you are looking at right now, that building. It's a lovely building from the outside. The British press have been sort of critical of the room where Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles will be getting married. It's called the Ascot Room. They had said it was a bit dowdy. Apparently it has been fixed up over the last week or so and no doubt lots of flowers in the room today. And that is where the ceremony will be held.
ANDERSON: All right, we're going to take a short break.
You're watching a royal wedding, as Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles exchange their vows out of the view of the cameras.
COOPER: And when we come back, we'll take you inside the chapel, St. George's Chapel, and you will see the religious celebration after the wedding.
COOPER: Our coverage of the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles continues. This happened just moments ago. The happy couple arriving at Guild Hall here in Windsor. Camilla Parker Bowles wearing, that's an ivory color, isn't it?
ANDERSON: Yes. It's an ivory color. It's a Philip Treacy hat, it looks absolutely fantastic, I've got to say.
COOPER: Philip Treacy, an Irish hat designer, who has made hats for Madonna, also for Marilyn Manson. Some very creative designs. There he had made that. Robert Jobson, our royals watcher, is joining us -- with us.
Robert, the outfit she's wearing, who actually designed that? JOBSON: Yes. It's a designer that she likes, Robert St. Valentine (ph). They're in Kensington, actually. And she's used their services before. I think she likes it because it's very elegant looking, I thought, very almost regal. She's nearly her royal highness, the Duchess of Cornwall. So I suppose it was quite appropriate. I thought she looked very, very good.
No Diana, but there again, she's 20 years older.
COOPER: And this is certainly a woman whose style has changed and evolved over the years. She is really making a big effort of using designers now and sort of adapting her style and changing her look.
JOBSON: I think that comes with the fact that the Prince of Wales has now put his hand firmly in his pocket and paying out the money, because this doesn't come cheaply to take (ph) out a royal duchess. And it's going to cost a lot of money. And some people are complaining about how much money it's all going to cost in terms of security, et cetera.
COOPER: What has she done for a living? I know this is perhaps a stupid question. But does she just have money?
JOBSON: She comes from fairly reasonable stock, as it were. And of course, she's got her own money in terms of her -- after the divorce settlement from Andrew Parker Bowles, and lives in a big house in Wilshire. But the reality ever since the divorce of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, Prince Charles has effectively Mrs. Parker Bowles from the Duchy of Cornwall, which is quite appropriate as she is the Duchess of Cornwall. And that's around about 15 million pounds, $22 million a year is paid into his coffers. So it's not too difficult for them to sort of dress well.
ANDERSON: Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles have been inside the registry office for about five minutes now. We expect them to emerge in about 10 minutes as a married couple. She will, as Robert was suggesting, be known as her royal highness, the Duchess of Cornwall, or better known as princess-consort.
Let's just discuss this constitutional issue of what she will be called, Robert. Because she actually can be queen, can't she?
JOBSON: No question. There's been a big fudge over this because of the animosity towards Camilla Parker Bowles, because a lot of people don't want her to be queen. And I think that they're fudging this issue. The reality is, when she will be known as her royal highness the Duchess of Cornwall, because one of Charles' titles is the chief of Cornwall. And of course, this was a title that was the Princess of Wales' too. Technically she can be the Princess of Wales. And when he becomes king, she will be effectively queen-consort.
Although they've said that she wants to be called princess- consort, the government has made it quite clear over here, as far as they're concerned, as far as parliament is concerned, she will be queen-consort. So I think there's a bit of PR spin doctoring going on here, of trying to get people used to the idea of Charles and Camilla together, and then they will be accepted in that realm.
COOPER: Well, of course, using that title, the Princess of Wales, causes many here to raise an eyebrows. Of course, the late Diana had that title as well. So they're focusing on some the other titles Camilla Parker Bowles will be having. We anticipate when they do come out in a just few minutes, the big difference is they'll both be wearing wedding bands. Camilla Parker Bowles will be wearing a gold wedding band, it's from Wales.
ANDERSON: That's right. It's Welsh gold, I believe, Robert, isn't it?
JOBSON: That's correct. It's mined -- as the Prince of Wales, it's mined in Wales. And it's also -- that's where Princess Diana's ring came from.
COOPER: Robert, there's a -- in the shots -- actually, I don't know if we can get the shot of Prince William and Prince Harry arriving, because in that shot, there's a young lady -- well, we missed the shot -- pan it back, we can talk about -- here they are. There's a young lady who's in a -- seems to be with them in some way in a black hat, wondering if you know who that is. There she is.
JOBSON: I think, and I can't see it very clearly on the monitor, but I think that's Zara, Princess Anne's daughter, I believe that is the case.
COOPER: I thought it was Britney Spears, of course, with the hat. But clearly it's not.
JOBSON: She's a very good looking lady.
ANDERSON: The duke of York, Prince Andrew, of course, Charles' brother and Princess Beatrice and Eugenie, the daughters of Prince Andrew, will also -- should be there as well, shouldn't they, Robert?
JOBSON: They will be there. It would have been nice, I think, if Sarah, Duchess of York, would have been invited, too. It would have been quite a moment to actually embrace all these people. I think Sarah hasn't done anything particularly wrong. But she wasn't invited. Seems rather a shame to me. She's such a nice lady.
COOPER: Though the actual wedding service, which is taking place right now, as we speak, is being all done behind closed doors. The chapel service after this, which we will also be bringing to you live, we will actually have cameras inside. So you'll actually be able to see the entire ceremony, the religious ceremony. In attendance, of course, not just the people who are currently inside Guild Hall, but most notably the queen will be in attendance there.
And in attendance down in the crowd right now is our own Richard Quest who has been watching the royal couple arrive -- Richard.
QUEST: Hello. Yes, down in the crowd, down with the people. And we're just actually outside the Guild Hall now. We've moved up the street. So in there, they are getting married. But out here is where we've got the reaction.
Now, then, we spoke to you earlier -- sorry. Hello.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hello.
QUEST: What did you think of the way she looked?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Beautiful. Gorgeous.
QUEST: You've got a picture, haven't you?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, I have.
QUEST: Look at this. There you are, you see? The home snaps. Oops, now. I've pushed the wrong button. Try it again.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Now look what you've done.
QUEST: Oh, dear. Now we're going to find the right picture so you can see this -- oh look at this. There you see. People's home pictures of Camilla. How would you describe the dress?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I didn't see it. I was too busy taking the picture.
QUEST: Who saw the dress? Who saw the hat? What did you think?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I thought the hat was beautiful.
QUEST: What do you think when they went past?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think it was magical, it was wonderful. I've lived in Windsor all my life and it's really brilliant, yes.
QUEST: What color was it?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Cream, oyster.
QUEST: Off-white or cream?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Cream.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Oyster.
QUEST: What's the difference between oyster and off-white?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The flavor.
QUEST: The flavor! Anyone take a picture on their cell phone? No, you see. Not that modern down here. But up there, they've been taking pictures as well. So now they're in there getting married. What do you think? Will she be Queen Camilla?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, she will be. Yes. QUEST: And you want her to be Queen Camilla?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, why not?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.
QUEST: All right. There's the reaction down on the street. They're getting married inside just a few yards from where we are. I can just about see the Rolls Royce over me shoulder. And we're now waiting -- actually, we're hoping that when they do leave, they drive a bit slower. It would be nice if they drive a bit slower, and then we can get some proper pictures when they come out.
And what people are really hoping for is that they might even enjoy a little walkabout here. But I think that's unlikely with security reasons.
COOPER: Well, Richard, it would be nice if they did a walkabout. But we shall see -- or we'll see if Prince William and Prince Harry perhaps go and shake some hands in the crowd.
ANDERSON: Oh, I think the crowd would absolutely love that. There's a lot of young women in the crowd who would just love the opportunity to at least shake their hand, if nothing else, with the two young princes. We're going to take a very short break. When we come back, the wedding should be just about closing out. And the guests and the new couple, the wedded Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles...
COOPER: Your face was glowing when you were talking about the young princes, I must say.
ANDERSON: Too old. I feel so old. Take a short break, back after this.
COOPER: And welcome back to a "Royal Wedding: Prince Charles & Camilla Parker Bowles." As we speak, they are inside that building, Guild Hall, in the beautiful town of Windsor, just outside Windsor Castle, getting married. A gold wedding band being placed on Camilla Parker Bowles' hand. The gold mined from Wales, a tradition in the royal family, to use Welsh gold. That tradition continuing here today, a day rich in tradition. And yet some new innovations as well. A civil ceremony, which is something we have not seen before in the royal family.
ANDERSON: In three or four minutes' time, we will see Prince Charles and her royal highness, the Duchess of Cornwall, leave the Guild Hall and hopefully make their way very slowly up the High Street here at Windsor, up towards Windsor Castle, and St. George's Chapel where there will be a blessing. We will bring you that blessing live here on CNN. It will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.
COOPER: Marriage to Prince Charles means that Camilla could inherit a variety of royal roles. There's the controversial one, of course, queen, we talked about that this morning. Another title that doesn't seem to annoy the British public as much is Duchess of Cornwall.
ANDERSON: And as Walter Rodgers reports, many residents of the remote county don't even know what that job entails.
COOPER: I don't know either.
ANDERSON: Nor do I.
RODGERS (voice-over): The magic land of Cornwall. Legend holds King Arthur was born here, in these mists. And when Camilla marries Prince Charles, she becomes duchess of all this, the land and some eccentrics, including innkeepers pretending to be Long John Silver.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Camilla? Well, the rottweiler is what Diana used to call her, wasn't it?
RODGERS: Even in the shadow of ancient churches, there is no gospel of forgiveness, and most Cornish refuse to accept the woman who will replace Princess Diana in their future king's bed.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I wish she would go away. She's a bloody trollop, isn't she?
RODGERS: Earl Cornwall has not had a duchess since 1904, part of the unwillingness to embrace Camilla may be simple fatigue with all things royal.
(on camera): What does the Duchess of Cornwall do?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don't know.
RODGERS: Do you think she knows?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No, I don't.
RODGERS: She doesn't have a house down here.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No.
RODGERS: She doesn't overnight down here.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No.
RODGERS: She doesn't have any responsibilities.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No.
RODGERS: So what's this title, Duchess of Cornwall worth?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Not very much, I don't think. RODGERS (voice-over): In the Globe Pub in Lostwithiel, this hub of village life, the men lay down ancient rules for accepting Camilla as their duchess.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If she buys a drink -- or a round. It's her round.
RODGERS: But the barmaid says the bar is higher than that.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's very simple, Diana was pretty and she isn't, and that's why people dislike her, and I think that's very shallow.
RODGERS: Here where daffodils bow to dark brooks, Cornish hostility is not shallow but cold and deep. The village pasty baker explains.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Diana is still well-remembered and well- loved. And I think Camilla, bless her, has a mountain to overcome.
RODGERS (on camera): Another aspect of this resentment may simply be tribal. Cornwall is remote, the people insular. It's the only part of England the Romans could not conquer. So like it or not, Camilla may just be perceived of as another outsider, even in her own duchy.
(voice-over): Ironically, it is in Cornwall's witches' covens we found the greatest charity, self-declared witches who have known cruelty themselves, seem less judgmental of Camilla.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think she's very misunderstood.
RODGERS (on camera): So you think Camilla has been persecuted, like witches?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I don't think she's been persecuted like witches, no. But I think she's had a hard time.
RODGERS (voice-over): A hard time in a hard land, beaten by storm and sea. Camilla's challenge as duchess will be to rise above it all.
Walter Rodgers, CNN, Tintagel, in the royal duchy of Cornwall.
COOPER: Cornwall seems very far away this morning. You're looking at pictures of St. George's Chapel where the religious ceremony after the royal wedding will be taking place.
ANDERSON: That's right. It's a blessing. It will be conducted by the archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. And Robert Jobson is with us, our royal commentator.
Robert, talk us through the blessing, if you will, quickly. JOBSON: Well, the service of dedication is what it is, is where the main part of that will actually be when they actually repent for their wicked sins, which is -- as it was quoting in the newspapers earlier, which is a prayer where they're actually committing themselves to each other. This is really effectively the royal wedding. This is essentially what the queen will attend and duke of Edinburgh. And this is really all their friends and colleagues will attend.
So what we've seen earlier is simply the legal side of things. What we're actually seeing here is a royal wedding effectively in all but name. The reality is the last Prince of Wales to be wed in St. George's Chapel was in fact Edward VII, who, I think, we would expect he was referring that "how about it" between the great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather, and mother, Alice Keppel.
So this is going to be more like a royal wedding. And this is what people will be tuning into across the country and around the world just to see.
COOPER: We should point out that there will be many royals in attendance at St. George Chapel, because 10 of them are actually buried there, including Henry VIII and Charles I who was beheaded. They will be, I suppose you could say, at the wedding as well.
ANDERSON: And the queen mother is also buried there. Bishop Michael Scott joins us. He's a spokesperson for the Church of England, joins us now, is in the London bureau.
We welcome you to the show, Bishop, and to this extremely exciting day for Camilla Parker Bowles and Prince Charles and, indeed, their families. Talk us through the civil ceremony that's going on as we speak, if you will.
RIGHT REV. MICHAEL SCOTT-JOYNT, BISHOP OF WINCHESTER: Good afternoon. And I'm glad to be with you. The civil ceremony is their marriage, and in that, according to the laws of this country, they will commit themselves to each other as man and wife exclusively in marriage for life. And that's their marriage. They'll exchange rings. They'll make vows. And they will indeed emerge as man and wife.
COOPER: And Bishop, we're seeing the door of the Guild Hall where the couple is -- are taking their marriage vows as we speak. Why couldn't they get married in a church, in a chapel in a religious ceremony?
SCOTT-JOYNT: I don't know whether that question has ever been raised. Granted, the whole history that's been much recounted in news broadcasts this morning of the marriage, the first marriage of each of them. What I should say is that it seems to me that in all the circumstances, this is just the right way forward, that they should be married in a register office, which in the eyes of the Church of England, as the English state, is absolutely a marriage. And that then there should be a service in St. George's Chapel led by the archbishop of Canterbury, which is an affirmation of their marriage vows that they've already made.
ANDERSON: Let's just stop you there, Bishop, for one moment, if I can. Let's just stop you there for one moment.
ANDERSON: Because we are now seeing Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles.
COOPER: Let's watch.
(APPLAUSE AND CHEERING)
COOPER: And there you see them, now married. You can see the gold ring on Camilla's hand.
ANDERSON: She's her royal highness.
COOPER: Her royal highness.
ANDERSON: The Duchess of Cornwall.
COOPER: Duchess of Cornwall now.
ANDERSON: Better known as princess-consort now. And as they drive off up the High Street at Windsor towards Windsor Castle and St. George's Chapel, we're watching them there as they drive away as a married couple.
And many people in the country didn't think they'd ever see this day. Many people didn't want to see this day. But I believe most people in the country now will be entirely happy.
Robert Jobson is our royal commentator -- Robert.
JOBSON: I think it was quite interesting, there was a little moment there where one of Princess Diana's former bodyguards (UNINTELLIGIBLE) opened the door for Camilla Parker Bowles. It was quite a nice leap there. She gets in as the new royal highness, Duchess of Cornwall.
It just seems amazing to me that this has actually happened, really, after so many years of sleeping around and having these illicit love affairs, there she is now being driven out as the second most senior woman in the royal family. And I'm sure from people I speak to, that she's going to thoroughly enjoy that role. She's not going to be a shrinking violet. And anyway, you're going to see her, yes, in a supporting role of Prince Charles, but somebody who will be stepping up, and certainly not afraid of the shadow of the ghost of the late Princess of Wales.
ANDERSON: I was going to say, the boys looked radiant, didn't they? They looked terribly relaxed. Prince William has just witnessed the marriage of his father to Camilla Parker Bowles. Tom Parker Bowles, her son, he's in his 30s, also witnessing that marriage. And you can see the quests here. That's Tom Parker Bowles, as you say. Talk us through who we're seeing here, Robert.
JOBSON: Well, there you see Camilla's father, who actually played a very major role in this whole business really because he was furious with Prince Charles when he committed adultery on television, in that Dimbleby documentary, and actually pretty much ripped into the Prince of Wales.
And now he's seen as a very much a calming influence over this couple. He lives very close to them at Clarence House. He's got rooms there. And I think it will be moment for him to see finally after all the animosity and criticism of his daughter, the she's now married to the Prince of Wales, and if you like, really at the heart of the royal family.
COOPER: Already we have seen a number of guests arriving for the blessing, the religious ceremony that will take place in St. George's Chapel. There, some of the buses that were carrying the members of the family, the wedding party, who had actually attended the wedding. Strange, perhaps, to see buses carrying some of these people. Prince William and Prince Harry riding in a bus.
JOBSON: I think they just wanted to avoid the precedence of having loads of different cars and then working out who should be going first and second. But I don't think it makes a great spectacle with this great big advertising slogan on the top of it. It's hardly a gilded carriage, is it?
ANDERSON: The Windsorian company are going to be absolutely delighted. They couldn't have made it up, the sort of advertising they're going to get today, could they?
JOBSON: But it does look slightly stupid, I think. I think they could have done this a bit better, actually.
ANDERSON: Well, these, the pictures of the 30 guests you see at the civil ceremony, leaving the Guild Hall and making their way up to Windsor Castle, towards St. George's Chapel where in just less than two hours, they will witness the blessing of the marriage of Camilla Parker Bowles, now to be known as her royal highness, the Duchess of Cornwall, princess-consort, and Prince Charles, the heir to the throne of England.
COOPER: The crowds, of course, trying to get a glimpse of Prince William and Prince Harry, hard to do in a bus because there are obviously so many passengers. But people sort of craning their necks, you see, as the buses pass by, trying to see those two young men, who really come to symbolize and revitalize the British royal family in so many ways.
ANDERSON: And you can see that security is tight. The (UNINTELLIGIBLE) police force here out in strength. But perhaps it might surprise many of our international viewers that security isn't as tight as one might have expected it to be. And the people are walking around the streets here in Windsor. You need passes to get into any of the main locations. But things are pretty free. There are pretty big crowds here now. Some, I would guess, 4,000 to 5,000 people have gathered as these -- you see pictures of the guests arriving now for the blessing at St. George's Chapel in just over an hour from now.
Robert, what are you seeing here?
JOBSON: Well, at the moment, there's nobody of any great interest in terms of the guests. There's an awful lot of anonymous faces we're seeing in terms of friends of Camilla and friends of the Prince of Wales. There are some famous faces, but we haven't seen any of them yet, really.
COOPER: In terms of who will be attending, who are we likely to see?
JOBSON: Well, celebrity-wise, in terms of the international audiences, the actor and director Kenneth Branagh is on the list. You've got members of the royal families throughout Europe, too. The crown prince of Norway here, king of Bahrain is here, and King Constantine, who still calls himself King Constantine, even though obviously Greece is a republic. There are foreign roles here. Not as big a turnout as we would have expected. I think in the past, certainly at Diana's wedding, it was a much, much bigger occasion, much grander occasion than this.
ANDERSON: OK. Bishop Michael Scott is still with us. He's in the London bureau. Bishop, thank you very much indeed for staying with us. Talk to us, if you will, through the blessing that we will be witnessing live here on CNN in the next hour or so.
SCOTT-JOYNT: Glad to do that. And I think the -- it's heart is the couple's affirmation, before God and in public, of the marriage commitment that they've just made in the register office. They're praying together for God's blessing on their marriage and they're doing that in the context of Christian worship in that historic place before the archbishop of Canterbury. And that's the core of the service.
Of course, it's the case that, like any Church of England service, there is an expression of penitence, of regret, of remorse, which they, and all the others who are there, will say together. They'll use language then that Prince Charles will have used most Sundays of his life. But it's really not the case to say, as I think I heard a few minutes ago, that that act of penitence is the heart of the service. That's simply a natural element within it.
The heart of the service, in my judgment, is their public reaffirmation of the commitment to each other in marriage, that they've just made privately before this small number of people in the register office. And that will be a moment where people will be able to see that the couple have committed themselves in this way.
COOPER: That act of penitence has received, obviously, a lot of attention in British papers. People focusing on past acts of indiscretion -- and they both have -- has occurred. What exactly is the act of penitence? What do people -- what do they say and what do those in attendance say as well? SCOTT-JOYNT: Well, I think the British press I think have got themselves over-excited about that. Of course it's the case that on a day like this, none of those present and none of the rest of us can forget the past, and many of those pictures have been shown already on news bulletins earlier today. I'm quite -- I'm confident that in their preparation for the service with the archbishop of Canterbury, Prince Charles and Camilla will have talked through with him, I guess, prayed through with him, the events of the past. And, of course, it's natural that in this service, as in any other Church of England service, there is a corporate act of penitence.
The words of it are those from the confession and the Book of Common Prayer and Communion Service, and they're strong words. And when we say them, as any of us who are Christians do regularly, we have in mind both our own personal sins and shortcomings and those that we share in as some human beings. It's very important then to realize that whenever we confess our sins, we're looking to God for forgiveness, and the confession that they and everybody else present will say together will be immediately followed by the archbishop's expressing God's forgiveness for the couple and all concerned for what they have poured into that confession.
I think it's important too to remember and to be very sympathetic about today, the reality that as in any marriage of this kind, all many of those present will have all kinds of complex, difficult, many- layered memories of the past, from the couple's children to their parents to previous -- a previous spouse, to friends, who lived with all the history of the last 20, 30 years or so. So all that will be there, and the act of penitence is there. The absolution is really more important, the declaring of God's forgiveness, and the core of it is that done and meant and real their affirmation of their marriage commitment to each other before God and us all.
ANDERSON: You're listening to the voice of the bishop of Winchester, Bishop Michael Scott-Joynt.
Now, Bishop, would the queen not be attending the civil ceremony that has just taken place in part because she takes the role of head of the Church of England very seriously indeed? She's supreme governor of the Church of England, isn't she?
SCOTT-JOYNT: Yes. I mean, there's no question that she takes that role very seriously and has done all through her monarchy. No question, either, that she is a devoted and thoughtful and observant and well-formed Christian woman.
That said, I don't think anybody knows just why it is that she has decided that it's not for her to attend the marriage in the registrar office. I think that everything that has been said of her reasons for not doing that is probably speculation, and I'm not going to add to it. But she actually takes her role as a Christian woman, as queen within a Christian monarchy, in a Christian country, that she takes that very seriously. That's absolutely the case.
COOPER: And as we're looking at pictures of Windsor Castle and St. George's Chapel, the extraordinary chapel where this blessing will take place very shortly, which we will be bringing to you live, Bishop, what should our viewers be watching for during this service? Is there a particular moment, a particular passage which to you is the focus? Is there something that we should be watching for?
SCOTT-JOYNT: Yes. I think your viewers will want to enjoy the sheer splendor and beauty and historic character of St. George's Chapel, but yes, it seems to me that the heart of the service, which is surrounded, as we've said by confession and absolution, by scripture reading, by prayers and fine Christian music, but the heart of the service is the archbishop's brief and very clear description of what marriage is in the church's understanding, and, indeed, in the understanding of the English state. And he asks them, he says that in two or three sentences, and he asks the couple, is that their understanding? Do they affirm that understanding in marriage? He then asks them to affirm before God the marriage vows to each other that they made in the registrar office, and, then, he asks God's blessing on the rings that they've exchanged, as the wedding ring that many of us wear is a symbol in its unendingness of the character of marriage. And then he prays for them, and asks God's blessing upon them, and that is the heart of this service of prayer and dedication, after a civil marriage.
ANDERSON: Bishop, please stay with us. I just want to bring Robert Jobson in again, he's our royal commentator. We've seen a lot of guests arriving now. There are some 800 guests will be in attendance at the blessing at St. George's Chapel. There you see Nicholas Soames, MP there. Robert, we've been watching the scenes as these guests come, and who have you seen?
JOBSON: I've seen Richard E. Grant, the actor, and Mira Soyer (ph), who's a writer and actress, such as she is the ex-wife of a good friend of mine, (UNINTELLIGIBLE). She's actually been invited, so she's looking like she's having some -- but Nick Soames is a key player in everything to do with this, the prince of Wales and this marriage. And if you remember, he was the one who actually labeled Princess Diana paranoid as well.
So there's this sort of double-edged sword to the whole of this ceremony. You see some people there who are very much close friends of this couple, but there are a lot of memories. And I think that's the problem. A lot of people, in Britain in particular, have got about supporting the wedding.
And despite the amount of crowds on the streets -- and there are -- it's numerous, several thousand -- there is an awful lot of antipathy, antipathy, too, and we'll just have to see how it all goes.
At the moment, this is a happy occasion, but I think their honeymoon period may well last as long as their honeymoon.
COOPER: We're also seeing more guests arrive. We saw the clothing designer, Valentino, arriving just a short time ago. We've already talked about Camilla -- her royal highness has begun to change her style, begun to wear sort of more designer clothing, more name designers. I don't know if Valentino is one of them, but he is certainly in attendance at this ceremony. ANDERSON: Robert, it's an interesting day, isn't it? I mean, as you say, sort of mixed feelings, I suppose, for many people. But ultimately, this is a day of joy for the couple, isn't it?
JOBSON: Well, absolutely. It's the culmination of 35 years, really. And, yes, they had problems along the way, and they were married to other people and had children with other people, but the reality is, there has been an endearing love, and it's a love affair.
What is interesting I think is that this would never have happened, say, 50 years ago in the royal family. You remember, Princess Margaret wasn't allowed to marry Peter Townsend because he was a divorcee. And you go back to the duke of Windsor, the former king, Edward VIII, who was not allowed to marry Wallis Simpson, because she was a divorcee.
So this is -- amounts to a sea change in the way that the royal family looks at life, I think -- and behind this gentleman here is William Rees-Mogg, the former editor of "The Times" and commentator.
This is actually a watershed in the way that the royal family conducts their business, and perhaps that's good for young Princes William and Harry, because they will inevitably then be allowed to marry for love rather than for tradition, which I think is more than appropriate in the 21st century.
COOPER: Bishop Michael Scott-Joynt is also with us, and I know, Bishop, you have to go. In the eyes of the Church of England, is a civil wedding, a civil service, a civil marriage, acceptable? Is it as legitimate as a church marriage?
SCOTT-JOYNT: Yes, it is. A civil marriage in Britain is exactly the same commitment in law as is a marriage in church, and that will be clear in the service. The archbishop will actually make that clear. The words will be -- I haven't got them actually at hand, but he will make clear that their marriage is fully recognized in law, and this, the service in the church, is an opportunity for them to affirm what they've done publicly, and before God and before their families and before the world. But, yes, the civil marriage in the Church of England's eyes is marriage. It's a marriage of a man and a woman to each other, an exclusive commitment for life.
And I wish them very well, and they and all of them have been in my prayers as I've been sitting here.
COOPER: Bishop Michael Scott-Joynt, we do appreciate you being with us. Thank you very much, spokesperson for the Church of England. Thank you, Bishop.
SCOTT-JOYNT: Thank you.
COOPER: We are going to be bringing you this service live from St. George's Chapel, as soon as it begins, as we're looking at live pictures of some of the many guests who are arriving in their finery.
ANDERSON: That's Stephen Fry, one of best known actors in the U.K. Does a lot of Shakespearian work, as do many of the guests who are arriving today. And in fact, Timothy West, very famous actor in the U.K., played Churchill in a documentary, or a miniseries on television, on the BBC here. Also interestingly enough, he's reading at the service today. Timothy West also played Edward VII at one point, which, again, is a fairly ironic, bearing in mind that Prince Charles' great-great-grandfather was Edward VII. Camilla Parker Bowles' great grandmother, Alice Keppel, was the mistress of the then prince of Wales.
COOPER: Shocking! Shocking, no!
We want to show you, in case you are just joining our live coverage of this royal wedding from Windsor, I want to show you what happened just a short time ago. Our first glimpse of the royal couple after the wedding emerging from the chapel -- emerging from the Guild Hall.
Robert Jobson, our royals commentator, watching along with us. Certainly the crowd seems appreciative. This could be the turning point for formally Camilla Parker Bowles.
JOBSON: Yeah, I believe that could be the case. I think, as I said before, I think there's a lot work that needs to be done. She needs to be putting the duty first, and actually be seen to carry out engagements. But whether or not or not we'll actually break that ground and actually convince people that she's worth the money, worth the adoration and the time spent concentrating on the royal family, I think we'll have to wait and see.
Yes, these are people here that support the royal family, but there are 7,000, maybe 6,000 people here, of a country of over 50 million. So we do have to wait and see, I think. And this is effectively the establishment showing their support for Camilla and Charles, which is a wonderful thing to see, but obviously the royal family depends upon the support of the people, and that's the majority of the people, if it's going to survive. So hopefully, with Prince William, as you saw the crowd reacting to him, and Prince Harry, they will be able to rescue what has been a pretty bad period for the royal family.
COOPER: Robert, why is it that these two didn't get married when they first met? I mean, they met, Prince Charles was 22. Camilla Parker Bowles was 23. She wasn't Camilla Parker Bowles then. They met on a polo field. Why didn't they just marry? Apparently their attraction was instant. They have been in love since then.
JOBSON: Prince Charles, I believe, felt he was too young. He really did think he was too young, and he was also serving in the Royal Navy, and felt he had to -- had to do basically, get on with his job and get on with the business of being a member of the royal family.
COOPER: I don't know if we can get the shot in the crowd. There's actually a streaker. I don't know if we can that -- we're trying to get the shot from up high on here. A streaker has emerged in the crowd. ANDERSON: They're handcuffing him as we speak, and they're taking him away. And the police are going to make pretty sure you don't get a shot of the streaker at the royal wedding today. And they actually have just covered him up.
COOPER: The police have actually...
ANDERSON: It was a -- a classic scene, sort of British...
COOPER: There you go.
ANDERSON: Normally a sporting -- at sporting events, you get the streakers. But somebody's probably had a little bit too much to drink today and they've decided -- oh, they've covered him up. There you go. He's in what can only be described as painter's overalls now. So...
COOPER: Painter's -- what, they've ...
ANDERSON: Somebody's lent them his clothes. Now they put him back in his jeans.
COOPER: Oh, I see. They've put him -- they've actually dressed the streaker now, and they're blocking the shot with horses, and the crowd actually seems rather appreciative. There's a little bit of a down time for the crowd. The Guild Hall service is over. They are waiting pictures of actually seeing what happens inside St. George's Chapel.
ANDERSON: If I could just stop you there, the police are now having photos taken with the streaker. One of the policemen is actually taking photos of his colleagues with the streaker. It's absolutely fantastic. It shows just what a -- a sense of goodwill and fun memories today on the streets of Windsor.
COOPER: We should say that the photographs they're taking of the streaker, he is now wearing pants. You can't see that. So they're not posing with a naked streaker. They're now posing with a...
ANDERSON: The Thames Valley Constabulary, as they are called here, they are policing the streets in Windsor today, on this -- the day of the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, whose title now is...
COOPER: Her royal highness, the duchess of Cornwall. I will remember this by the end of our broadcast.
I don't know if Robert Jobson, our royals watcher, I don't know, was that a member of the royal family who was streaking, Robert? I couldn't get...
JOBSON: I wish it was. Perhaps it was a late-comer, I'm not sure. But the reality, of course, is the crowd can't really see what's going on. All of this is going on behind the walls of the castle. So you can't actually see all the guests arriving. Only we can see this on monitors, et cetera. So maybe that was just a bit of light relief in between all this.
ANDERSON: Interesting moment. They're actually leading him up towards Windsor Castle. I'm not sure whether there's a small police station there or what...
JOBSON: There will be, yeah.
ANDERSON: Yeah, there will be a bureau of some sort quite close to the gates. So maybe they're taking him to the blessing...
JOBSON: I though...
COOPER: I'm convinced he's an errant member of the wedding party and they're bringing him back to the party.
JOBSON: We've had so many security nightmares here. We've had guys dressed as Osama bin Laden getting into the palace. You've had a security van by the tabloid newspaper, "The Sun," being driven straight in. I don't think Thames Valley Police are taking any chances this time. But I think those photographs actually were for the crime record. I think he'll certainly be arrested and charged, I'm sure.
COOPER: Well, no doubt. There are also a lot of British tabloid photographers, who have been taking pictures of the streaker as well. Now things are sort of settling back down in the crowd, returning to normal. The crowd inside, of course, in St. George's Chapel, unaware of the festivities out on the street. It all seems very far removed, as they are gradually gathering. This chapel, with some 10 British monarchs buried in St. George's Chapel.
ANDERSON: That's right. And I believe the earl of Essex also got married there.
The family and very close family joining Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles at the civil ceremony, some 750 guests, including Joanna Lumley.
COOPER: Oh, yeah.
ANDERSON: "Absolutely Fabulous."
COOPER: "Absolutely Fabulous," and she does look absolutely fabulous.
ANDERSON: She does. Robert?
COOPER: Well, it is a glamorous crowd in attendance. Not sitting down all that quickly, very slow to sit down. A lot of people standing around, talking with one another. Sort of a social gathering before the service begins.
ANDERSON: We've got a little over an hour or so to go before the actual blessing begins with the archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, and of course, the former archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, also talking at the blessing, and a reading by Timothy West today at the blessing as well. Remind us who Timothy West is, Robert, if you will, if your mike is on. Can we get you?
JOBSON: Yeah, I hope so. I mean, Timothy West is a West End actor. He's appeared in many Shakespearian plays and many documentaries, as you've mentioned. He played famously Winston Churchill in a documentary -- a miniseries that was well-received. I think he was awarded an honor for that.
But he's been friends with the prince of Wales for about eight years or so, and he does have a wonderful -- a wonderful voice. So I think that's more than -- the main reason perhaps he's been selected, is for his resonance and his delivery.
COOPER: Prince Charles, of course, has had a very busy last several days. He yesterday was in Vatican City, attending the funeral of Pope John Paul II, as was British Prime Minister Tony Blair. He returned here, obviously, in time for this ceremony, but the ceremony was, of course, delayed for at least a day, because of the death of Pope John Paul II.
JOBSON: We just saw a photograph there, actually, a picture there of Mark Dyer's, a former guards officer. He's a very influential character when it comes to Princes William and Harry. He's really effectively their mentor. He's been much maligned and much criticized actually in the media about that, but he is a key player when it comes to guarding the two young princes.
COOPER: Why has he been maligned and criticized?
JOBSON: Well, he runs a few bars around the Chelsea area, which is always seems where Harry in particular has been hanging out, smoking and drinking far too much and getting into scraps. So there's a sense that he, you know, Mr. Mark Dyer's influence is not so great. In fact, they've just appointed a new -- a former brigadier of the SAS, the special forces, to be a part-time private secretary to William and Harry. That shows you that they are now moving to the next stage.
ANDERSON: We want to take a very short break, but briefly, how did those who are attending the blessing get an invitation?
JOBSON: It's an interesting story. We did actually ask this question at the reception, but they are effective -- there's Timothy West and Prunella Scales, who was famously in "Fawlty Towers." They're just close friends of the prince of Wales, or they are members of his charities, or they are staff. I noticed there also Michael Fawcett, who is a controversial figure, who was Prince Charles' valet, walking there just a few seconds ago. So it's staff, it's friends, and it's organizations connected with the prince of Wales and with Camilla Parker Bowles.
ANDERSON: You're listening to the voice of Robert Jobson, our royal commentator today, as we watch pictures of those attending the blessing at St. George's Chapel arriving at Windsor Castle, in the chapel there.
We are going to take a very short break. COOPER: Our coverage of the royal wedding continues, though, in a moment. A lot more ahead. A lot of live events. We will be right back.
COOPER: Welcome back to the royal wedding, a wedding many thought would never happen. A wedding, perhaps, these two involved thought would never happen. But it has, and there you see her royal highness, the duchess of Cornwall, formerly known at Camilla Parker Bowles, arriving with Prince Charles. That is them arriving at the Guild Hall before the marriage ceremony took place. They went through the double doors of Guild Hall, and shortly, about 20 minutes or so later, emerged, gold wedding bands on their hands. Welsh gold, a remarkable sight.
Also at the wedding, in attendance...
ANDERSON: Prince William and Prince Harry, and there you see them getting off the bus looking extremely relaxed. Prince William was a witness at the wedding about an hour ago, as was Tom Parker Bowles, Camilla's son, and they're coming in with their cousin, of course, coming in...
COOPER: I thought it was Britney Spears. It wasn't. It was a cousin.
ANDERSON: No, absolutely. That's Princess Anne's daughter, and her brother also in attendance today, and Prince William and Prince Harry you see there, walking into the Guild Hall, where the civil ceremony took place, as I say, just about an hour ago. They've subsequently left the building, and have moved on to Windsor Castle, where the blessing will be held, and we'll bring that to you live, of course, here on CNN.
COOPER: And those so far have been the two most exciting moments of the morning.
COOPER: The third most exciting moment of the morning was a streaker. A streaker in -- we've seen this actually a lot in England. We've seen it in football games. Even in one royal event I remember seeing a streaker. There you see the streaker has been -- well, he's being strategically blocked by a horse head, which we are all thankful for, and there are a number of police officers posing for a photograph with the streaker, who was then led off, and then we saw a police van sort of a lorrie, like a paddy wagon. There they put some pants on the streaker. I'm not sure where they found the pair of pants, I don't know. But they have put the pants back on, and the streaker is no more to be found.
I actually thought that was Richard Quest at first, which concerned me greatly, because he is prone to removing articles of clothing during coverage, but I am told that that was not Richard Quest, and that we actually have Richard Quest in the crowd fully clothed, which, believe me, we are all very thankful for.
QUEST: You know...
ANDERSON: I hope you're fully clothed.
QUEST: You are absolutely wrong. It might well have been me. I nipped around the back of the castle afterwards.
We are now -- we've moved up to High Street. Over there is the Guild Hall, but we've now come back up to High Street. Queen Victoria, still not looking terribly amused by the castle, but you saw what happened. Not the streaker.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No.
QUEST: You didn't see the streaker...
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No, I didn't see...
QUEST: ... and you weren't shocked by the streaker?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I didn't see the streaker, unfortunately.
QUEST: Unfortunately? So what did you see today?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We stood quite opposite the Guild Hall, and we did actually see most of the guests going in, and Charles and Camilla as well. Quite good, clear video we've got of it. So we're quite pleased. We saw Harry and William, lovely photos of them.
QUEST: But it was all a bit brief. I was talking to the crowd, and quite a few people said, it would have been nice if they had done a bit of a walk-around.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, I don't know about security for it. I don't know...
QUEST: But you're happy?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (UNINTELLIGIBLE). Yeah, we're happy.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And also of the wedding today, (UNINTELLIGIBLE), they need to clear the street.
QUEST: Clear the street. Absolutely! Thanks very much indeed.
Now, earlier in the day, we spoke to these ladies. Now, you're from New Jersey, if I remember correctly.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.
QUEST: So what did you see today? UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Well, I saw Harry.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I saw them.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: That's what we were looking for.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They were hot!
QUEST: I'm sorry?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They were hot.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We also -- we saw Camilla, but nothing else, really.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.
QUEST: You don't really sound terribly excited about seeing Camilla and Charles?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No, not really.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No, no. We were here for our husbands. That's what we got.
QUEST: Well, I'll put in a good word if I see them.
So, now, you, sir.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hi.
QUEST: What did you -- besides the silly hat that you decided to wear for this occasion, what did you see today?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, I remember there was a bus coming up the road, and I thought, oh, that's the minibus. So I went by to photograph it, and it actually had Harry in it, had Princess Anne, had all of them.
QUEST: And that's a very polite way of saying, he missed the shot.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yeah, basically, I did. But on the way back, I got them.
QUEST: And did you see Charles?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I did. But I ran up -- I ran up right up the street, and I just got there in time to see the back of his head as he went into the Guild Hall, and I got a good view of Camilla just for a moment through all the crowd.
QUEST: What did you think? She looked lovely? Didn't she look beautiful?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I thought she looked pretty good, actually, yeah. People moan about her, but you know, she looks fine.
QUEST: People what?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They moan about her, because she's not Diana or something like that, you know.
QUEST: But you're happy with what you got?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Very happy, yes. Yes. Very happy. A good crowd atmosphere as well.
QUEST: All right.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And I did see the streaker.
QUEST: Oh, you saw -- we saw -- this gentleman saw the streaker.
QUEST: And as you can see, this guy can confirm, it wasn't me.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It wasn't you. And if it had been you, you'd have gone away in handcuffs.
QUEST: I would indeed.
Well, more guests are arriving. I think some guests over here arriving for the civil ceremony, and making their way. Hello! Are you looking forward to the civil ceremony? I mean, to the blessing.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: To blessing, yes, very much.
QUEST: You're looking forward to the blessing?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, very much. It should be lovely. Thank you.
QUEST: And I wish I could tell you who that was. But unfortunately -- I was rather recognizing the hat rather than the person. So I may have to rely on your good offices to maybe tell me who that was, or Robert Jobson.
ANDERSON: Oh, it was just a joy, the fact you had absolutely no idea...
COOPER: I like the awkward pause too, because you were like, oh, OK.
ANDERSON: Richard, we're going to come back to you later, and thank you very much.
COOPER: Can we show some of these guests arriving with these hats, because there are some extraordinary hats, and I keep thinking, like, they got their hair caught in a branch or something, and -- but clearly, I'm not up to style, because everyone is wearing these hats with, like, twigs and branches in them.
ANDERSON: Clearly it's a good job you're not a woman, because you'd be wearing one of those if you'd gone to (UNINTELLIGIBLE) in England.
COOPER: Is that what -- do people wear (UNINTELLIGIBLE)?
ANDERSON: This is what people wear. This is the season in England, this is the beginning of the season.
COOPER: Oh, there's David Frost.
ANDERSON: This is David Frost, of course, coming in to join the 750 attendees at the blessing at St. George's Chapel of the marriage, of course, of Camilla Parker Bowles.
COOPER: Where does one find a hat with twigs and stuff like that?
ANDERSON: I'll take you later.
ANDERSON: OK? There's a couple of places I know. Yes. Mum's showed me in the past.
ANDERSON: There's a -- We're watching a number of fairly famous faces now coming in to join those at the blessing at St. George's Chapel. I've just seen Tara Palmer-Tomkinson. She was one of the younger ladies in one of those twiggy hats. She's what's known as an "it" girl here in the U.K.
COOPER: A what?
ANDERSON: An "it" girl. She's it.
ANDERSON: She's it, yes. She's got (UNINTELLIGIBLE)...
ANDERSON: Yes, she's it, yes. And there's much talk that Camilla Parker Bowles will also be...
COOPER: Pretty (UNINTELLIGIBLE). That's a (UNINTELLIGIBLE).
ANDERSON: ... seen as an "it" girl going forward. Trudie Styler, that's Sting's wife, actually.
COOPER: (UNINTELLIGIBLE). ANDERSON: You're right.
COOPER: An "it" girl?
ANDERSON: An "it" girl, yes, "it." Doesn't mean IT. I don't think they'd know...
COOPER: Yes. Are you, do you (UNINTELLIGIBLE)?
ANDERSON: I think they'd know a computer if they saw one. But, no, I'm I don't know if I'm "it." I don't know, maybe -- maybe I'll get a chance to be "it" at some stage in my life.
These, the guests, coming in to join those already in St. George's Chapel for the blessing of the wedding of Camilla Parker Bowles and Prince Charles.
Let's take a short break.
COOPER: We'll be right back.
COOPER: And that, the dramatic moment, happened probably about an hour ago or so. Her royal highness, formerly known at Camilla Parker Bowles, and Prince Charles leaving the Guild Hall as man and wife. You can see, you can get a glimpse of the gold ring on Camilla -- on her royal highness's -- I will remember to say that (UNINTELLIGIBLE)...
ANDERSON: And she is not...
COOPER: ... there it is, there is the ring.
ANDERSON: She's not letting go of him, is she?
COOPER: No, she's not.
ANDERSON: She's got him after...
COOPER: It's taken some 30 years.
ANDERSON: Possibly the longest courtship in history, some are saying, nearly 40 years, some 35 years. But she's got her man, as some people might say. The...
COOPER: They're getting into the Rolls-Royce which brought them to Guild Hall. Watch, you can't see them, but to the left of the screen, Princes William and Harry watching, their father and their stepmother, now, getting into the vehicle and going to Windsor Castle.
ANDERSON: It must seem a long time ago for those who remember the royal wedding in 1981, 750 million people watching that wedding, when, of course, Prince Charles married his former wife, Princess Diana.
Let's bring in the royal biographer now, Penny Junor.
Penny, it's a very different day, isn't it?
PENNY JUNOR, JOURNALIST: Oh, completely different, completely different, and quite right that it is, too. I mean, this -- you know, the first marriage was -- it -- they were young. It was -- there would be children. It was the beginning of life. And, you know, and the -- the heir to the throne would emerge from that union.
This is completely different, because, of course, you know, they're middle-aged, children won't enter into the equation at all. And it's just, as Camilla Parker Bowles herself said, two middle-aged people getting hitched.
ANDERSON: What impact do you think their relationship has had on the monarchy?
JUNOR: I think it's had a significant impact, and not a good impact. I mean, I think that it's been damaging for years, and I think that in an ideal world, we shouldn't be witnessing all of this today. In an ideal world, the prince of Wales would have given Camilla up for the sake of the monarchy.
But we're not living in an ideal world, and he's a human being, and Camilla is very important to him, very important for his self- esteem and for his confidence, which was so badly eroded by his broken marriage.
And I think that marriage, you know, given that we are where we are, marriage is absolutely the right thing for them to have done. And I think that it closes a whole chapter of unpleasantness and difficulty throughout the Diana years and post-Diana years, post Diana's death. And I think this really will be a new beginning.
COOPER: The fact that Queen Elizabeth chose not to attend the actual wedding service, does that open up a new chapter, though, in a relationship between her and her royal highness, the Duchess of Cornwall?
JUNOR: No, I don't think it does at all. I think -- I mean, I think the only problem with that is, it sent a rather bad message to the public, and it looked as though she was snubbing them. But, you know, a woman who's snubbing her son and new daughter-in-law certainly wouldn't give a family heirloom as an engagement ring to Camilla, as she did, and she wouldn't be hosting the blessing and the reception afterwards in Windsor Castle.
No, I think that was much more to do with her, the difficulty -- she has always had a juggling act between her role as monarch and her role as mother. And this, I think, is one of the instances where her role as monarch and supreme governor of the Church of England came ahead of her role as a mother.
ANDERSON: Diana once called her marriage to Prince Charles "crowded." What was Camilla's role in Charles's life through the years, Penny? JUNOR: Well, I think that Diana left us with a very false impression of her marriage. Diana's marriage to Charles broke down because of the two of them. They were completely incompatible, and they were very bad for each other. There was no third person involved in the breakdown at all.
Once it had broken down, then, yes, there were three. In fact, there were many more than three, because Diana had several lovers. But it was only after the marriage had broken down that Charles renewed his friendship with Camilla. And she really rescued him when he was at a total -- he was at the depth of a dreadful despair and depression.
And because his marriage had failed, he'd been unable to make Diana happy. And that really hurt him. I mean, it devastated both of them. But this is not something that he walked away from lightly. He didn't use Diana as a brood mare and have Camilla waiting in the wings. That absolutely wasn't the way it happened.
COOPER: I think a lot of our viewers probably don't realize that Camilla Parker Bowles played a role, really, in the wedding of Prince Charles to Diana. I'm a, it's my understanding that Camilla Parker Bowles and her then-husband loaned their house to Prince Charles for a meeting with Diana, and that Mr. Parker Bowles actually attended the bachelor party of Prince Charles before the wedding to Diana.
JUNOR: Absolutely. I mean, they were all very good friends. Camilla and her husband were very good friends with Charles. I mean, you know, the other great misconception is that Charles broke up Camilla's marriage. They had a very open marriage. For Andrew Parker Bowles was not faithful in any way to Camilla, and her marriage was empty. I mean, she adored Andrew, but he was hopelessly unfaithful.
So she had a rotten marriage and was desperate to be loved and cherished, and so did he. And so, it, really, it was the coming together of two people who needed each other.
ANDERSON: Two of Britain's most famous actors-stroke-comedians here on our screens live as we're watching the guests arrive for the blessing of the marriage of Charles and Camilla. There, David Frost, of course, as well. You've just been watching pictures of Stephen Fry and Rowan Atkinson. And this, Richard E. Grant, of course.
Lots of celebrities, and many members of the media, really high- up members of the media, it's got to be said. Jonathan Dimbleby, David Frost, (UNINTELLIGIBLE) Melvin Bragg (ph) earlier on, all been around in the U.K. broadcast media for some time.
Penny, will people be -- have been really excited to have been invited to this wedding?
JUNOR: Oh, yes, I think so. Yes, very excited. And it is a great day. I mean, if we had only read the tabloid press in the last eight weeks, you'd think that this was going to be a really negative -- I mean, it has all been so negative. You'd have thought it was going to be a nonevent. And actually, to be honest, when I got here early this morning, there were very, very few people in the streets. And I thought, Oh, lord, you know, nobody's going to come. There were far, far more media than there were people. But, you know, I disappeared for half an hour and came back, and the streets were absolutely heaving.
So it is a big event, and it is an exciting event, and I think people here are very excited. And so to be part of it, to be invited to it, is fantastic.
COOPER: How has Prince Charles handled the women in his life? What are his relationships? What have they been like?
JUNOR: He's a very loyal friend. And I think that it's almost true to say that he is still -- he has remained friends with all of the women that he's loved, which was the thing that Diana couldn't quite understand, because he had loved Camilla earlier on. And when he married Diana, and Diana asked him whether he still loved Camilla, he said, Yes. Very, very naively.
ANDERSON: Let's just get a sense of who Charles and Camilla really are, because Charles is -- can be quite awkward, can't he, in sort of social situations. He's quite a shy man, ultimately. That couldn't be said of Camilla Parker Bowles.
JUNOR: Oh, you'd be surprised. Camilla is shy.
JUNOR: Yes, yes. She has very -- I mean, she is not overburdened with self-confidence, and she's also quite, you know, frightened that people are going to hate her. She's had a lot of hate mail, and a lot of -- and the things that the newspapers have said about her have been so foul and unkind and untrue. She's such a nice woman.
COOPER: How does she deal with that? I mean, she -- you know, it's got to take remarkable strength and courage just to, you know, just keep going out there and living her life. I've heard, I've read, that she has a sense of humor about it all.
JUNOR: Well, she a huge sense of humor. I mean, I think, actually, that this will -- there will be a great turnaround, because up to this point, nobody's known Camilla at all, you know. So we've been through all the years of the controversy and the breakdown of the marriage and divorce and everything. And awful things have been said about her.
And she has just always kept her silence, so nobody knows. Nobody knows her. But what will happen now, and, in fact, the only image that we have of her is what Diana painted, you know, the Rottweiler and the marriage wrecker. And she's neither of those two things. And I think it's -- the minute she's married, and people start seeing her with him, they will realize that she's actually a very, very nice woman.
ANDERSON: Just how important was the invitation to tea that Prince William extended to Camilla Parker Bowles in 1999?
JUNOR: That was very significant. And the whole reason, you know, people have said, Why have they waited so long to get married? And the reason is because of William and Harry, because both Charles and Camilla have been very sensitive to their feelings about this relationship. They've really taken it at the children's pace.
And William, by having tea with Camilla, extended a gesture of friendship. And the relationship has been gone on from there, and they like one another. They are easy with one another. It's much more difficult for Harry, because Harry was younger when Diana died, and very much idealized his mother.
COOPER: I think there are a lot of people who don't understand what the relationship between Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles has been in terms of, I mean, what do they get from each other? I've read that she is his touchstone, his sounding board. How do you see it?
JUNOR: I think she is -- I would describe her as mother, lover, confidante, best friend, shoulder to cry on, soulmate. That's -- she gives him confidence. She boosts his self-esteem. She's supportive, hugely supportive. She's interested in what he's doing, interested in his work. Interested in his ideas, in a way that Diana never was.
So she gives him huge support and friendship and love. And what she gets in return is love. She feels wanted and needed, and that's the extent of her ambition.
ANDERSON: Let's just remember that the Parker Bowles' and the Windsors, particularly the kids, have been friends for a long time, haven't they? And, of course, Prince Charles is Tom Parker Bowles's godfather, and now, of course, today his stepfather as well.
JUNOR: I think -- I mean, this is -- it will be a very easy relationship. The boys all get on together. The children will get on together. The children get on with Camilla, Charles gets on with Camilla's children. It will be a -- I think it will be a happy family.
And Camilla's family are incredibly close to one another as well, unlike Charles. I mean, Charles's are close to one another, but in a very strange way. But Camilla's is a much more normal start of family, cohesive family. I think it will be wonderful.
ANDERSON: OK. Penny, stay with us.
We are going to take a short break. You're watching pictures coming from the inside of St. George's Chapel, where the blessing for the wedding of Prince Charles and her royal highness, the Duchess of Cornwall, better known as the Princess Consort, will begin shortly. We'll bring you that live here on CNN.
COOPER: Our coverage continues. Stay with us.
(COMMERCIAL BREAK) ANDERSON: And royal wedding coverage continues here on CNN.
I'm Becky Anderson, joined by...
COOPER: Anderson Cooper. Thanks for joining us.
That, the moment many people here in the crowd have been waiting for, the several thousand people who had gathered in the streets of Windsor, got their first glimpse a few -- about an hour ago, or so, of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles.
The video you're seeing now is when they left Guild Hall, the civil service over, getting back in their Rolls-Royce, being watched by Princes William and Harry. They made a short drive in to Windsor Castle, where they are now, and where several hundred guests are gathering for a -- for a religious ceremony, a blessing, if you will, of this union. The archbishop of Canterbury will be overseeing the event, as many celebrities are in attendance.
ANDERSON: We're joined now by Simon Perry, who's the deputy bureau chief in London for "People" magazine.
Just how big a day is this for the international audience? It's huge, isn't it?
SIMON PERRY, LONDON DEPUTY BUREAU CHIEF, "PEOPLE" MAGAZINE: Well, it is. It's one of those chapters in Prince Charles's life. We've covered him and his former wife, of course, Princess Diana, over 25, 30 years. And this is an occasion that many people didn't think was going to take place. But it has, and we're here, and there's a fairly muted but cheerful crowd out there.
COOPER: Does "People" magazine, do your readers care about Camilla Parker Bowles? I mean, Princess Diana would, of course, be on the cover many times, has been. Would she be on the cover?
PERRY: I can't talk for choice of covers. I mean, that would be for people more senior than myself. Having said that, people do -- they're interested in her, yes. They want to know what this -- who this woman is and intrigued by her position in Prince Charles's life.
After all, most people, most Americans, think of her as the person who Diana said were -- broke up that marriage. So I don't think there's any great heartfelt love or admiration for Camilla, and probably there's going to be a lot of skepticism about the union here today.
But, you know, it's early days, and we'll see how things pan out.
ANDERSON: We're just looking at pictures of the opposition leader, Michael Howard and his wife, of course, into an election campaign at present. So it's fairly frenzied period of time for both the opposition leader and Tony Blair, who will also be in attendance here today at the blessing for Charles and Camilla.
How do you think she looks today, Tom? Is she looking royal, do you think?
PERRY: She looked to me like someone who was going to Ascot for the races, which is a sort of thing that happens every summer here. Perfectly presentable and so on, but it's a second marriage, isn't it? You're not expecting a huge, flowing gown, I suppose. But at the same time, I didn't think it was that remarkable.
ANDERSON: Yes. We just are seeing pictures there of Tom Parker Bowles, in fact, just going into the St. George's Chapel. Kenneth Branagh there, of course, you'll recognize him, one of Britain's leading actors there, played many a Shakespearian role in many a film and stage presentation, of course.
Seven hundred and fifty guests will be at the St. George's Chapel today, and in just about a half-hour's time, the blessing will begin, which we will bring you here live on CNN.
COOPER: Simon, I understand that Joan Rivers, American comedian, was invited. A, is she here, and, B, why was she invited? As I remember, Joan Rivers was making fun of the British royal family ever since she's been on television.
PERRY: Yes, I'm sure she has, like many people. But she's a bit of a fixture in Prince Charles's annual summer parties that he has down in the country. And she's sort of a well-known raconteur, as you know, comedienne, and I think they like her humor. That's something that Prince Charles and Camilla do have in common. They do like a sort of, quite an earthy humor. And Joan is obviously quite friendly with them, and she's here, yes.
COOPER: This really is a love story. I mean, this is a couple who, Prince Charles was 22 when he met Camilla Parker Bowles on a -- after a polo match. It's, is that how you see it?
PERRY: Well, it is an enduring love story, there's no doubt about it. They've been in love on an off for 34-odd years or whatever it is. And you can't take that away from them.
At the end of the day, they're two 50-something people who want to get married. And why shouldn't they get married? I suppose we should all wish them well on this day for that alone. And they stuck together through all this time. But there'll always be question marks as to why this wasn't his chosen part in the first place.
COOPER: Why do you think that is? I mean, why -- it would have been -- I mean, history would have been completely different if, you know, when they were 22 and 23, they had just admitted they were attracted to each other, loved each other, and gotten married.
PERRY: Well, of course, history would be different. But it was a more naive, maybe innocent age then even only 25 years ago. Prince Charles felt, for family reasons or whatever, that he couldn't marry a woman of Camilla's type, and he had to marry a virgin and so on. And all these things being played out so much for the last 25, 30 years.
But now, I suppose, we're in more realistic times. ANDERSON: Tom Parker Bowles there, Camilla's son, and Ben Elliott (ph), his cousin, who -- in attendance at the civil ceremony, which happened just about an hour and a half ago. Lots of famous faces there now gathering at St. George's Chapel.
As the second most important woman in the country, now, as Camilla is, Simon, just how important is it going to be that she concentrate on looking good as well as being on the arm of the future king?
PERRY: Well, she will have to look good, and she'll be -- all her choices of dresses and hats and shoes will be picked over by people like me and my colleagues. So she's going to have a lot more attention to that, no doubt. She already has been...
PERRY: ... really, in the last five years or so.
PERRY: She's had a lot more designers, (UNINTELLIGIBLE) actually Oscar de la Renta, people like that...
PERRY: ... dressing her.
COOPER: Simon, speaking of hats. I'm obsessed with these hats that people are wearing. We're seeing right now, a woman who seems to have twigs and branches in her hair.
COOPER: Is this something you recommend? I've never seen this before. I'm not really familiar with the whole hat thing.
PERRY: Oh, they look like a bunch of feathers tucked into their head. And they are -- yes. It's obviously a British thing.
ANDERSON: Yes, at best, Tomma Tompkins (ph) is again there. Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, in what can only be described as fungus.
ANDERSON: Looks like a mushroom.
ANDERSON: But it is, it's, you know, it's very much part of the season in Britain, of course, which (UNINTELLIGIBLE)...
COOPER: Do you have a hat like that?
ANDERSON: Surely, I've actually got a hat...
COOPER: Have you really?
ANDERSON: ... (UNINTELLIGIBLE) like that. It's -- it covers rather more of my head than that one does.
COOPER: Because, I mean, that's a hat.
COOPER: That, I guess, I, you know, that's, now, that's a hat, you know.
ANDERSON: I'd rather not wear something like that. You know, I'd rather wear the twig-like effect...
ANDERSON: ... than that sort of fungal effect. And then -- that one, yes, that -- it's a rather nice dusty pink. It's fine.
So, I mean, so where, wherein from now, as it were -- I mean, you know, Camilla's here, she's arrived. Just, are you going to concentrate on Camilla and the family? On Tom Parker Bowles, who's an extremely interesting character as well, as is Ben Elliott, his cousin. The boys are growing up. Where's your focus going to be from now on in?
PERRY: Oh, undoubtedly, it's generally the boys, as you call them, Princes William and Harry. They're always going to be the people that are the most interesting and most intriguing for our readers, who, after all, fell in love with Diana and see her in her sons. Obviously, their interaction with Camilla is a very important element of all that, and something that we'll be following.
COOPER: And what's your sense of the relationship with Camilla?
PERRY: With the princes' relationship with them, with her?
PERRY: I think it's an acceptance, but they don't spend a huge amount of time together or anything like that. They realize her position in their father's life and accept that. But they don't, as I say, see her too much or anything like that. They have their own lives, racing around, enjoying their own burgeoning love lives themselves.
ANDERSON: And the leader of the liberal democrats, Charles Kennedy, just arriving, of course, at the chapel, which is where the blessing of the marriage of Camilla and Charles will happen in just about an hour's -- sorry, about a half-hour's time. That'll be the archbishop of Canterbury conducting the service there, Rowan Williams, as I said, in about a half hour's time.
COOPER: And for our viewers in the United States who are just joining us, at around 9:00 a.m. East Coast time, you are watching live coverage of the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, now her royal highness, the duchess of Cornwall. The wedding celebration, the wedding ceremony took place about an hour, an hour and a half ago. It took place here in Guild Hall in the town of Windsor, in the shadow, really, of Windsor Castle. You are now seeing pictures of guests arriving for the religious ceremony. The marriage itself was done in a civil ceremony for numerous reasons. The religious ceremony, the blessing of this union, is about to take place in the next 20 minutes or so, and we will bring that to you live. Cameras are allowed inside St. George's Chapel. In fact, you're seeing inside St. George's Chapel right now as family members of Camilla Parker Bowles -- we are seeing right now clips inside St. George's Chapel, where this blessing will take place.
We're going to show you pictures of these two emerging, the first shots of them as man and wife. Let's listen.
ANDERSON: Scenes of quite some jubilation on the streets of Windsor earlier today, about an hour and a half ago, as Charles and Camilla left the Guild Hall, which is where their civil ceremony was conducted. Just to left of the screen there, the boys, Prince William and Prince Harry. Prince William was a witness to his father's second marriage there to Camilla Parker Bowles, now to be known as her royal highness, the duchess of Cornwall or the princess consort, as some people call her, and they made their way from there up towards Windsor Castle, where in the next few minutes, we will witness the blessing of this marriage in a religious ceremony.
COOPER: And again if you're just joining us, I'm Anderson Cooper and joined by Becky Anderson as well. The two Andersons covering this royal wedding.
We also wants to show you in a few moments the Princes William and Harry as they were seen by the crowd. There they are, the first glimpse the crowd got of them leaving the Guild Hall, where they were in attendance.
Again, this is a day so many people never thought would happen, and it's probably safe to say there were times when Camilla Parker Bowles and no doubt Prince Charles thought it would never happen as well.
ANDERSON: A day dogged with problems in the run-up to this day that you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy. Really, a change in venues, a change in the date, then questions of the legality of the wedding, and then a seeming snub by the queen, Charles' mother. She didn't attend the civil ceremony. Many people suggesting it was snub. Others suggesting that it was that she was just taking her role as supreme governor of the Church of England extremely seriously, and that effectively wouldn't allow her to be at her son's second marriage, while the first husband, Andrew Parker Bowles, is still alive.
COOPER: And as we stay with these pictures from inside the beautiful St. George's Chapel, where 10 British monarchs are buried, including Henry VIII and Charles I, who was beheaded, we're joined in our coverage by Robert Jobson, royals watcher, a man who broke the story of this marriage in the British media. You're now about to see pictures of British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife entering St. George's Chapel, just one of many dignitaries who have come to witness this union, and give their blessing to this union.
Robert, this ceremony, let's talk a little bit, because it is about to begin, let's talk a little bit about what our viewers should be watching for. There are going to be some moments which the British papers have really focused on, most particularly, the acts of penitence.
JOBSON: Well, absolutely. The prince of Wales, I think, chose that prayer in consultation with the archbishop of Canterbury, simply because he wants to draw a line under this whole business of his adultery, which he confessed live on television, in a documentary on television. That, of course, has dogged him, really, and certainly has dogged this relationship from the outset. And really, this is a time I think he wants to say, OK, enough is enough. I'm now marrying the woman I love. I want to stay with her. I will remain faithful to her, and yes, I've made mistakes, but by the way, I'm only human. I think most people will be generous about that, accept that, and hopefully they will be given a chance.
But that's one thing about the marriage. That's one aspect of it. Here, it's a different matter entirely about if she's going to be accepted as king and queen. When her majesty the queen dies, that's a different matter entirely. Yes, most people are happy that they're married, but they are not necessarily that Camilla will be elevated to the second most senior female royal underneath the queen.
ANDERSON: You're looking at pictures of Tony Blair and his wife, Cherie, and, of course, Tony Blair had to be asked by Charles if it was OK for him to marry Camilla.
JOBSON: Well, actually, I think I probably spoiled the party a little bit when we broke the story in "The Evening Standard." It was the day before the queen was due to formally inform the prime minister of the event. Although, of course, he would have been informally consulted. It would require the monarch as head of state to inform her prime minister. So that's (UNINTELLIGIBLE), really, I think ever since they've been recovering from that, and blunder after blunder has happened. But I think today's events have gone very well, very smoothly, and I think most people will be fairly happy for those concerned, and it does look like a formal event.
COOPER: You have just seen also Saudi Prince Bandar arriving, a man well known in the United States, as well, a close friend of the Bush family. And has been Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States for many years. He, arriving to attend this ceremony as well.
ANDERSON: Robert, what are your thoughts as we move on through this day and as Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, of course, will leave at about 6:00 local time for their honeymoon? What are your thoughts about their acceptance on the part of the British public? JOBSON: I think the jury's still out on that. I think they've got a lot of work to do, and I think the people that I speak to, Clarence House, which is Charles' office, acknowledge there's a lot of work to do. We don't really know Camilla Parker Bowles, we don't really know who she is. We're beginning to get a bit more of an awareness of that, but there is a lot of work to do. And yes, there will be comparisons with the late Diana, princess of Wales, who was an international star. We only have to remember the scenes of a million, the two million in the streets of London for her funeral, as opposed to the 6,000 or 7,000 people here to witness this wedding.
So I think there is a long way to go. They will have a honeymoon. There will be a honeymoon period with the British press, but the British press is notorious in terms of turning on its subjects and being critical when that matters. At the moment, giving them a good luck, sir, good luck, ma'am, but I don't think that's going to last, particularly in the more ruthless elements of the tabloid media.
COOPER: And just to give you a sense of our coverage, which will continue now for several hours, what you are about to see is the blessing of this union in this religious ceremony, looked over by the archbishop of Canterbury. This is the Church of England ceremony. You will see Queen Elizabeth. She is going to be attending the ceremony, as is her husband, Prince Philip. You, of course, will see Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, now know as her royal highness, duchess of Cornwall. You'll also see the Princes William and Harry, as well as the children of Camilla Parker Bowles, two kids who have been very close to Prince William and Prince Charles, and you are going to hear at one part of the ceremony Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles apologizing and admitting past sins. And asking -- and the audience as well, it is part of the ceremony here.
ANDERSON: Robert, let's talk about the -- let's talk about the kids, shall we? Because going forward, I guess it's going to be Princes William and Harry, and indeed to a lesser extent, Tom Parker Bowles and Laura Parker Bowles, the kids of Camilla, who will be really in the limelight.
JOBSON: They're being presented as a united family, a new extended family for Prince Charles, and I think that's, to an extent, that's fine. But I don't see that Laura Parker Bowles and Tom Parker Bowles are going to have anything but a difficult time. Tom has had a pretty interesting, exotic past, with dabbling in drugs. He's recently admitted he enjoys losing 500 pounds a hand gambling. Well, that's not going to do anybody any good, in terms of the ordinary people of this country, who can't afford -- you know, 500 pounds is an awful lot of money -- to hear that the trust funds have been set up out of money from the prince of Wales, and they're going around spending money, enjoying themselves, that's going to get bad press.
Laura Parker Bowles I've met. She seems a very nice girl, but again, she's going to get attention that she's not used to. So I wonder how Prince Charles will move to protect them. Will there be protection offices that he pays for, to make sure that they're not exposed to terrorist threats, kidnap threats, and other things that come with being a member of the royal family? They are a target, after all.
COOPER: This is probably a stupid question, Robert, but do any of these people work for a living, in terms of holding a job? I mean, I know -- sorry, as an American, this is probably a naive question. But I mean, does Camilla Parker Bowles, do her two kids hold jobs?
JOBSON: They do, actually. Yes, Tom Parker Bowles is a writer. He has just written a cookery book and he writes columns in the newspapers, some of the same newspapers I think that criticize his mother quite strongly. Laura Parker Bowles is a gallery manager of an art gallery in Pimlico in the Victorian London, and I think she still holds that job. So yeah, they're quite normal people, I think, and they do earn a living, yes.
COOPER: And Camilla Parker Bowles, has she -- does she hold a job?
JOBSON: No, she doesn't.
COOPER: No, OK.
JOBSON: She's had a supporting role for Prince Charles, and before that, of course, was the wife of Andrew Parker Bowles, in a housewife role, maybe. I don't know.
COOPER: But she inherited money? She inherited money?
ANDERSON: A significant fund, didn't she, Robert?
JOBSON: Well, you could say they're not short of a few pounds. I think that's probably...
ANDERSON: Let's consider this. They are now a thoroughly modern family, aren't they? I mean, they got kids in their 20s, they got kids in their 30s, a couple of the kids have had sort of problems, you know, with drugs in the past, and, you know, altercations with the authorities, let's say. And, you know, we've got a couple who've been divorced. I mean, going forward, this has now modernized what is ultimately a fairly archaic monarchy until now?
JOBSON: It does. But then you've got to question what the royal family is all about, because, obviously, it's not a democratic system. Nobody gets the chance to vote these people in. And I think that will be the question that is raised on that.
The truth is, the prince of Wales, through an ancient trust fund, gets, as I say, 20 odd million pounds per year every year. Not a bad lottery win. And that's a lot of money, you know, in terms of -- that doesn't include security, it doesn't include the houses they get. And so they are very privileged people, who do have the privileges and enjoy privacy, too.
So I think people will be expecting the royal family to have something to look up to. They've had that with the majesty the queen. I think she's been pretty faultless over the last 50 years, and I'm not so certain you want necessarily this thoroughly modern family, with divorcees and drug addicts and God knows what else going on. I don't think that's what being a royal family is all about, personally.
COOPER: Well, when the ceremony begins, we are going to bring it to you live. And of course, we will just allow the pictures and the sound to tell the story. And very shortly, this ceremony will be getting under way. We're starting to hear some music playing.
Robert, what are you going to be watching for in the next 30 minutes as this ceremony is under way?
JOBSON: I'm not sure how close the cameras are going to get to Camilla and Charles' faces. But I think that will be very interesting, to see, to actually witness. This is, after all, history in the making. I'd like to see just the reactions on their faces.
Some of the photographs of Camilla looking at Prince Charles -- clearly, she's very much in love with him, and she has been a driving force in this marriage coming about. There's no question about that, from people I've spoken to. She definitely wanted this to happen, to move forward. So I'd like to see that.
Also, yes, this repenting of sins, et cetera. Just to see the reaction. I'm not so certain with the way that these things are organized that we're going to get that close a look. But at the moment, they're listening in there to Bach and Handel's music, it's a lovely ceremony, but there will be a lot of people out there thinking what is this actually all about?
COOPER: And we will bring that ceremony to you live in just a moment. We're going to take a short break.
ANDERSON: You join us back at our coverage of the royal wedding of Camilla and Charles. And pictures of the boys as they make their way towards St. George's Chapel for the blessing there. Prince Charles -- prince Charles -- Prince William...
JOBSON: ... they look quite, basically enjoying themselves. You've got Prince Andrew behind there. You've got Prince Michael of Kent, the duke of Kent, if you like, the minor roles, as they're known. There's the duke of Gloucester walking in, with Princess Anne (ph) and Timothy Lyons (ph). Count Linley (ph), of course, and the Countess Linley (ph), who always looking terribly elegant I think at these occasions. That's Princess Margaret's son, the late Princess Margaret's son. It's Daniel Chatto, accompanied by his wife, of course, who is Princess Margaret's daughter.
And so all of the royal family there coming in. The young royals to witness this. They're the last people to come in. There's Prince Edward, the earl of Essex.
COOPER: Wasn't Prince Edward -- was he married at St. George's Chapel? JOBSON: He was the last royal -- well, the last royal really to get married here. And we've had Lady Helen Windsor afterwards, who was the duke of Kent's daughter, but he married Sophie Essex as Sophie (UNINTELLIGIBLE). And, in fact, the contrast was quite stark, I thought. I mean, these are quite narrow streets there, but they rode out in a carriage afterwards, and I thought it just added a touch of glamour, where they did rather rush, I thought, Charles and Camilla back into their car. They could have spent a bit more time with those people who had cued for hours to see them. I thought that was a little rushed, actually.
COOPER: There has been much said in the British papers about how Prince William and Prince Harry are dealing with the marriage of their father to his longtime love, Camilla Parker Bowles. They seemed quite happy today just looking at them from afar.
JOBSON: I think Prince William is fairly relaxed. He's always been a rather diplomatic young man. When his father and mother were divorcing, they were both -- he acted as sort of a middleman, really. Prince Harry was much, much younger, wasn't he, when his mother died, and I think Camilla herself, according to friends, have said that she always regarded him as a little edgy. She didn't quite know which way to take him. So I think that's probably appropriate.
I'm sure, as we've heard earlier, that they'll be happy for their father, but they're not boys anymore. These are young men who have got love lives of their own, girlfriends and quite serious girlfriends, and I think that they'll not be in the pockets of Charles and Camilla. They want to just get on with their lives. They'll be happy, but they'll always have a memory of their mother, too, I'm sure.
ANDERSON: Princess Anne, we are just looking at there, of course, as well, as the close members of the family arrive at St. George's Chapel for the blessing of the marriage of Charles and Camilla. You're watching that here on CNN. That blessing will begin in just a few minutes' time, and we'll bring you that live here for the next hour or so. Prince Andrew there as well.
What will the boys be thinking today, Robert, and indeed, what about the other members of the royal family? We've got a sense that the queen hasn't been particularly enthusiastic about this relationship in the past. But we haven't heard what Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Princess Anne, the brothers and sisters, the siblings. Are they close?
JOBSON: They're relatively close. I think you'll find there's animosity there like in any family. I mean, the reality here, we've had stories that Princess Anne is not particularly happy that she's had to miss out on the (UNINTELLIGIBLE) event that was happening there, and the wedding has changed, and she was (UNINTELLIGIBLE) about that. But the reality is, like any family, they have their problems, but both princes and Princess Anne, of course, remarried, and she married in a church of Scotland, and Prince Andrew himself is divorced. So none of them really could be too critical of Prince Charles wanting to marry his lady love. I'm sure that they've got their own problems to deal with.
COOPER: We should say that the queen, her official reaction was, she said that she and Prince Philip were -- quote (UNINTELLIGIBLE). She also extended, quote, "her warmest good wishes to the couple."
This will be the first time we have seen the queen today. Queen Elizabeth was not, of course, in attendance at the actual marriage ceremony, which took place -- a civil ceremony at Guild Hall in Windsor about an hour and a half ago. The queen will be in attendance at this event.
That was Prince Andrew's daughter there. Two -- both of his daughters in attendance. Almost all the royal family so far in attendance, and we expect the queen to be arriving very shortly with her husband as well.
ANDERSON: Prince Philip, of course.
Camilla Long is with us. She is the arts editor for "Tatler" magazine. I would hazard a guess that most of the people inside that chapel, certainly the members of the royal family and close associates, are probably avid readers of the magazine.
We've been looking at lots of dignitaries and people of the -- in the entertainment and media industry, Camilla. What sort of turnout do you think this is?
CAMILLA LONG, ARTS EDITOR, "TATLER" MAGAZINE: I think this is quite an unusual kind of turnout. I've been watching it, and, to me, it looks like a cross between Ascot and the royalty tea party, the royal garden party which, of course, happens in the summer. There's a huge range of people here. You've got everybody from comedians, actors. Prince Charles likes actors a lot. So that's why there are so many actors there, to you know, sort of minor politicians, minor royals. There's a very wide range.
And of course, 800 people is quite a few people to invite to a wedding, by, you know, sort of normal standards. So, yeah. There's a massive range of people, and they want to get everybody in. They want everybody to get, you know, a part of it. And people from the prince's trust, et cetera, et cetera. They've got a lot of people to consider.
COOPER: Socially, is it -- I mean, how does it compare to other events?
LONG: It compares very favorably so far, because there've been a lot of great-looking people coming along. I've liked a lot of the outfits. I thought (UNINTELLIGIBLE) looked particularly good, and of course, Camilla's daughter, Laura Parker Bowles, looks very good indeed. So there's a bit for the fashion stakes.
It is a lot bigger than other occasions, but, of course, there's always going to be inevitable comparisons with the wedding in 1981, which was a completely different kettle of fish. There were a huge number of people there. This is a much more controlled event. I feel that it's completely been knocked down by the royal family. There's very little room to maneuver. Everybody who's going to be witnessing the wedding have been completely checked out, right down to the people who are lining the route. So it's -- the security is very high. There's going to be very little sort of exciting, unexpected things happening, because that's exactly how they want it. And in a way, I think it's -- it's interesting to watch how the royal family have developed and started to treat the media, and in a sense, this is sort of testimony to the fact that they've, you know, sorted it out very, very nicely indeed, I think.
It's a remarkable event. Although -- is it -- although, you know, thank goodness there's not so much media coverage, because, you know, it could get completely carried away. Oh, and I see that we're arriving...
ANDERSON: We're watching pictures here, of course, of either the queen or Camilla and Charles. We'll need to get a little bit closer before we see exactly who it is. They are the last members, of course, to arrive, and indeed it is the queen and Prince Philip, arriving at the blessing of the marriage of Charles and Camilla.
COOPER: Let's watch and listen.
And a brief glimpse of her royal highness, Queen Elizabeth. Also Prince Philip, who are now making their way into the extraordinarily beautiful St. George's Chapel, a chapel which has a rich history. Henry VIII is actually buried inside the chapel, as is Charles I, who was beheaded, you may remember, long ago.
We will be watching to see the queen and Prince Philip making their way to their seats. Then, of course, the last to arrive will be Prince Charles and her royal highness, the duchess of Cornwall, formerly known as Camilla Parker Bowles.
Let's talk a little bit about what you the viewer are going to be seeing over the next 40 minutes or so.
ANDERSON: This is the service of prayer and dedication, following the marriage of his royal highness, the prince of Wales, and her royal highness, the duchess of Cornwall. It's in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. It's the 9th of April, of course. It was scheduled to be on the 8th. So this wedding has been slightly delayed, or delayed by a day.
The service to be used on this occasion is essentially the order contained in common worship. The modern liturgy used by the Church of England, but with some elements in traditional language, some prayers from the Book of Common Prayer and other traditional prayers, and the prayer especially written for this occasion.
COOPER: Let's watch.
We are told that Prince Charles and her royal highness, duchess of Cornwall, are making their way down the hill to St. George's Chapel. There will not be marriage -- no exchange of vows, no exchange of rings during this ceremony. That has already occurred. This ceremony marks -- well, it's a recognition, really, of the new status of this couple, provides an opportunity for prayer and reflection and for expressions of support on the part of family and friends, and we see many family and friends in attendance, awaiting any moment the arrival of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles.
ANDERSON: Yes. In many instances, this will be the first public act of their married life together. The theme is dedication and commitment, and the main focus is on prayer and support for the couple in their new life together.
You're looking at scenes of the attendees in St. George's Chapel Windsor for the blessing of Prince Charles and Camilla.
COOPER: As part of the service, both the couple will acknowledge their sins, their past mistakes and indiscretion. And here we are about to see the two arriving in that beautiful Rolls-Royce.
All eyes, no doubt, will be on what outfit Camilla Parker Bowles has changed into. She wore sort of an ivory-colored outfit for the actual ceremony.
ANDERSON: And as she gets out of that Rolls-Royce, she's in -- how can you describe it, a beautiful long coat, actually, the kind of (UNINTELLIGIBLE) ivory green color, with Charles still decked out in his Savile Row tails, and the archbishop of Canterbury there, welcoming them to the service of prayer and dedication following their marriage. This, the royal highness, his royal highness the prince of Wales, and her royal highness, the duchess of Cornwall at the entrance of St. George's Chapel of Windsor Castle.
COOPER: Let's watch and listen.
ROWAN WILLIAMS, ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY: The Lord be with you.
ALL: And also with you.
WILLIAMS: Charles and Camilla, you stand in the presence of God as man and wife to dedicate to him your life together, that he may consecrate your marriage and empower you to keep the covenant and promise you have solemnly declared.
You now wish to affirm your desire to live as followers of Christ, and you have come to him, the fountain of grace, that, strengthened by the prayers of the church, you may be enabled to fulfill your marriage vows in love and faithfulness.
Let us keep silence and remember God's presence with us now.
God is love, and they that dwell in love dwell in God, and God in them.
Let us pray.
Almighty God, unto whom all hearts be open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid, cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee and worthily magnify thy holy name, through Christ our Lord, amen.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit. A broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Let us come to the Lord, who is full of compassion, and acknowledge our transgressions in penitence and faith.
Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, maker of all things, judge of all men, we acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, which we, from time to time, most grievously have committed by thought, word, and deed against thy divine majesty, provoking most justly thy wrath and indignation against us.
We do earnestly repent and are heartily sorry for these our misdoings. The remembrance of them is grievous unto us. The burden of them is intolerable. Have mercy upon us. Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father, for thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ's sake, forgive us all that is past and grant that we may ever hereafter serve and please thee in newness of life to the honor and glory of thy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord, amen.
Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, who, of his great mercy, hath promised forgiveness of sins to all them that with hearty repentance and true faith turn unto him, have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sin, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and bring you to everlasting life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
WILLIAMS: O God, our Father, who, by thy Holy Apostle, has taught us that love is the fulfilling of the Law, grant to these thy servants, that, loving one another, they may continue in thy love unto their lives' end, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: "I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away, and there was no more sea. But I, John, saw the Holy City, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
"And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he who dwell with them. And they shall be his people. And God himself shall be with them and be their God, and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain, for the former things are passed away.
"And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Right, for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. "He that overcometh shall inherit all things, and I will be his God, and he shall be my son."
WILLIAMS: Charles and Camilla, you have committed yourselves to each other in marriage, and your marriage is recognized by law. The Church of Christ understands marriage to be, in the will of God, the union of a man and a woman for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish till parted by death.
Is this your understanding of the covenant and promise that you have made?
CHARLES, PRINCE OF WALES: It is.
CAMILLA, DUCHESS OF CORNWALL: It is.
WILLIAMS: Charles, have you resolved to be faithful to your wife, forsaking all others, so long as you both shall live?
CHARLES: That is my resolve, with the help of God.
WILLIAMS: Camilla, have you resolved to be faithful to your husband, forsaking all others, so long as you both shall live?
CAMILLA: That is my resolve, with the help of God.
WILLIAMS: Heavenly Father, by thy blessing, let these rings be to Charles and Camilla a symbol of unending love and faithfulness, and of the promises they have made to each other through Jesus Christ our Lord.
WILLIAMS: Charles and Camilla have here affirmed their Christian understanding and resolve in the marriage which they have begun.
Will you, their families and friends, support and uphold them in their marriage, now and in the years to come?
ALL: We will.
CHARLES AND CAMILLA: Heavenly Father, we offer thee our souls and bodies, our thoughts and words and deeds, our love for one another. Unite our wills in thy will that we may grow together in love and peace all the days of our life, through Jesus Christ our Lord, amen.
WILLIAMS: Almighty God give you grace to persevere, that he may complete in you the work he has already begun, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
ALL: Amen. WILLIAMS: The Lord bless you and watch over you, the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. The Lord look kindly on you and give you peace all the days of your life.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: "O joy! that in our embers is something that doth live, that nature yet remembers what was so fugitive! The thought of our past years in me doth breed perpetual benediction -- not indeed for that which is most worthy to be blest -- delight and liberty, the simple creed childhood, whether busy or at rest, with new-fledged hope still fluttering in his breast -- not for these I raise the song of thanks and praise, but for those obstinate questionings of sense and outward things, fallings from us, vanishings, blank misgivings of a creature moving about in worlds not realized, high instincts before which our mortal nature did tremble like a guilty thing surprised -- but for those first affections, those shadowy recollections, which, be they what they may, are yet the fountain light of all our day, are yet a master light of all our seeing.
"Uphold us, cherish, and have power to make our noisy years seem moments in the being of eternal silence -- truths that wake to perish never, which neither listlessness nor mad endeavor, nor man nor boy, nor all that is at enmity with joy, can utterly abolish or destroy!
"Hence, in a season of calm weather, though inland far we be, our souls have sight of that immortal sea which brought us hither, can in a moment travel thither, and see the children sport upon the shore, and hear the mighty waters rolling evermore."
(MUSIC AND SINGING)
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Let us pray.
Almighty God, who does send thy Holy Spirit to be the life and light for all thy people, open the hearts of these, thy servants, to the riches of His grace that they may bring forth the fruit of the spirit in love and joy and peace through Jesus Christ our lord.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Eternal God, true and loving Father, who in holy matrimony dost make thy servants one, may their life together witness to thy love in this troubled world. May unity overcome division, forgiveness heal injury, and joy triumph over sorrow, through Jesus Christ our lord.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Oh, God, our Father, who, for them that love thee, makest all things work together for the good, we thank thee all thy faithfulness thou dost come out to meet us on our pilgrimage of life. Stay with us now, and grant that as we learn to love thee more, we may deepen our dedication to thy service and find in thee the fullness of eternal life. This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, our savior and redeemer.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: As our savior Christ had commanded and taught us, we are bode to say...
ALL: Our father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day or daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive them that trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever, amen.
(MUSIC AND SINGING)
WILLIAMS: God, the Holy Trinity making strong in faith and love, defend you on every side and guide you in truth and peace. And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit be among you and remain with you always.
COOPER: And you have been watching an extraordinary event, the blessing of the union of two people many thought would never actually get married, Prince Charles and the woman formerly known at Camilla Parker Bowles, now her royal highness, the Duchess of Cornwall. The king and queen have departed. They've just gotten into their vehicle, while the royal highness and Prince Charles are greeting the crowd, some 2,000 or so well-wishers who were given tickets, who are inside the gates of Windsor Castle.
You see the queen now departing. She will be attending a party in the honor of Prince Charles and her royal highness, the Duchess of Cornwall.
A remarkably beautiful Windsor Castle there, as we see her highness driving away. Not a very far drive to where the reception will be held. And this, the first time, really today that we have seen Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles greeting the crowds on their way to Guild Hall before the wedding and even after, they were driven in the Rolls-Royce. They did not get out of the vehicle, but now in this carefully screened group of well-wishers, people who are associated with the various charities that the royal family works with, they feel comfortable, the security has been determined, these people have all passed their metal detectors, so the royal couple is now talking.
And other members of the royal family, as we see right now, are boarding these buses that they have been riding in. There's Prince William getting on the bus. Earlier you saw Prince Andrew. And they will be taking these buses over to the reception, and after the reception, Prince Charles and his beloved will go off on their honeymoon to Balmoral. ANDERSON: We join Anderson Cooper and myself, Becky Anderson, as we watch those departing from the service of prayer and dedication following the marriage his royal highness, the Prince of Wales and her royal highness, the Duchess of Cornwall. They've just come out of St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, and as Anderson said, just greeting those who have been invited into the grounds of Windsor Castle today.
Two thousands tickets were given out and many to Prince Charles' favorite charities. Many people, many thousands of people earlier on the streets of Windsor welcoming the couple as they made their way down to their civil ceremony at the Guild Hall where they were witnessed by Tom Parker Bowles and Prince William.
The queen wasn't there. But the queen, of course, was at St. George's Chapel where the wedding was blessed in a service overseen by the archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.
COOPER: It is an extraordinary moment when you consider all that these two have been through, having met some more than 30 years ago, and Camilla Parker Bowles was 23 years old. Prince Charles, 22 years old. They met on the polo field. And all they have been through, all the time they have been together and at times they have not been together. married to other people as well. They are now finally together, and by all accounts deeply in love, and deeply committed to one another.
We are joined by Lady Colin Campbell, royal biographer, who joins us from our London bureau. Lady Campbell, as you witnessed this blessing, as you witnessed the groupings going to the party afterward, your thoughts?
LADY COLIN CAMPBELL, ROYAL BIOGRAPHER: Well, I think it's wonderful. I think it's marvelous. I think it's great that middle- aged love can prevail.
COOPER: What -- how has public opinion of Camilla Parker Bowles, of her royal highness, the Duchess of Cornwall, how has it changed? And do you think after this day it will change even more? Do you think this is a new beginning for her?
CAMPBELL: Oh, absolutely. You know, the public don't really know Camilla of Cornwall. They have absolutely no idea what she's like, but we got a little glimpse as she was coming out of the church. Did you notice when the wind was taking off her hat how amused she was. You know, she's very warm. She's very loving. I've always said the secret of that romance and that relationship was that she is a good listener.
She listens and she cares about people, and I think that with the passage of time, people, the public will warm to her, because they will come to see that she is a loving human being. She's not a very starry personality. She's just a loving human being. And I think that when the public realizes this, that they will realize that they have been condemning her very unfairly without really knowing what she was all about. COOPER: Just want to hear some of the crowd applause. Let's just pause here for a just little bit and we'll come right back to you, Lady Campbell.
ANDERSON: It's Becky Anderson here. Does Diana's legacy still affect public opinion, do you think, and if it does, will it going forward?
CAMPBELL: Well, I think that actually, Diana, without being disrespectful, is going to, from now on, be yesterday's woman. Camilla is going to be today's and tomorrow's woman. And Diana's legacy, such as it is, has not really that much outlasted her life.
You know, there's been a void at the top, because there's been no wife for the Prince of Wales. But now that there is a wife, where public interest and the media can attach interest to a new figure, in the form of Camilla, I think that you'll quickly see that Diana's legacy becomes a thing of the past.
I do not really think that, you know, they're going to be haunted by Diana's legacy. No. I think it's already being overcome. You know, to an extent her legacy shows in that she's -- that Camilla has been call the Duchess of Cornwall, which is Charles' secondary title. But let's not forget that Camilla is also the Princess of Wales.
And you know, I think with the passage of time, people will realize that it's no disrespect to Diana, who is dead, to allow the story to go on, and to move on, and to allow Camilla to flourish, because, also, there's another important aspect to this. Both Camilla and Charles were the victims of philandering spouses. Each of them was actually not the initiator of the first act of -- or indiscretion. And this is something that the public seems very reluctant to appreciate, but it is a fact.
COOPER: Do you think the British public will want Camilla to be called queen, if and when Prince Charles is elevated to the throne?
CAMPBELL: Well, I think at this point in time, of course, you know, he could die long before the present queen dies, because, I mean, her mother just died when she was 102. And this queen is in robust good health. And so -- and women customarily outlive men. So it's quite possible that, in fact, Queen Elizabeth II could outlive her son.
If she does not outlive her son, now, at the time she dies, you know, barring an accident or a very sudden illness, and I understand she's in very good health, you know, the public would have got used to Camilla. I think they would have grown to have some affection for her.
People will -- you know, the story is going to lose, now that they're married, a lot of its head. It's going to lose a lot the sensationalism that it's had before they were married. Once they're married, I think everything's ultimately going to settle down. And at that point, when in the years to come the Prince of Wales succeeds to the throne, I think that people will be ready for her to be called Queen Camilla, if, of course, she's still alive. Because we could be speaking about 20 years from now.
ANDERSON: Let's just watch the pictures of Charles and Camilla doing a walkabout in the Windsor Castle's grounds after the service of prayer and dedication which followed their civil ceremony at the Guild Hall.
Lady Campbell, let's talk about the families, because these families, certainly the kids get on extremely well, don't they?
CAMPBELL: Well, yes. They're reasonably friendly. They've been reasonably friendly for some time. You know, this is now a typical, modern, contemporary family. You know, you have the stepchildren. You have the step-siblings, and everybody gets along very well. You know, they -- there's, of course, a big age difference between Tom and Laura and William and Harry.
But William and Harry are also quite sophisticated, and Tom and Laura are very down to earth. So they all get along. But to say that they're going to live in each others' pockets forever, I don't think that's going to happen. Very few people choose their best friends from within their own family, whether it's their sibling or their step-sibling. And I think in that respect they're quite typical.
COOPER: Lady Campbell, thank you very much. Royal biographer. Thank for being with us on this very special afternoon as we watch Prince Charles and his love, Camilla, formerly Parker Bowles, now her royal highness the Duchess of Cornwall. We're also joined by a royal watcher, Robert Jobson, who's been with us for the last several hours.
Robert, your thoughts now that the civil ceremony and the religious ceremony, the blessing of this union, are over.
JOBSON: We're looking at the pictures, Anderson, the Prince of Wales looks like a huge weight is lifted from his shoulders. And he's incredibly relaxed. Not the tense man who was swearing at reporters and photographers last week when he was on the ski slopes of Klosters.
Camilla, who did actually, I thought, look petrified in the actual ceremony, actually looks very, very happy and relaxed now the whole thing is over. They do look a very happy couple. There's no question about that. I think we all have to wish them well. These are all hand-picked friendly supporters here in the crowd. So there's no hostile -- possibility of a hostile crowd that you've got.
And inspector -- the chief inspector (UNINTELLIGIBLE) Special Branch (UNINTELLIGIBLE) officer behind them, just in case something happens. They look exceptionally happy. And I think she looks like she has really enjoyed the day, apart from the actual service.
I was a bit surprised when I didn't see her courtesy initially to the queen but she did on the way out. So perhaps she suddenly remembered.
COOPER: Now they really have not toured together, if you will, as a royal couple on royal events, that will change soon. Their first trip is planned for Germany, is that correct? JOBSON: It is a short trip, what we think, to Germany, although that may be rescheduled. The main one will be in the autumn which could be to Washington where she'll see -- will join the Prince of Wales in a supporting role and probably meet President Bush and Laura Bush. So it will be a big, big tour there.
There's some suggestion also that the whole business of those tours will be so Prince Charles will take a very important role there of being the international face of the royal family.
So there an all of lot of change ahead for the royal family. (UNINTELLIGIBLE), the new Duchess of Cornwall will actually play a very significant and central role in that.
COOPER: Where are they going now? What happens now?
JOBSON: Well, they're all going back, as I understand it, to the reception, where they will enjoy what's been called a stand-up and shout. This is not big sit-down dinner as it were, or a formal tea. This is actually a champagne reception where they will just mingle amongst the crowd, all hosted by her majesty the queen. And after that, they will then head off in about an hour or so, an hour-and-a- half's time, back up to Scotland where they'll, I'm sure, have a very relaxing time away from the crowds and prying eyes.
ANDERSON: Yes. And they're going up to Spokehall (ph), aren't they, which is in the grounds of Balmoral, which was a favorite lodge of the queen mother, who, of course, is extremely close to Prince Charles, and a spot that he enjoys immensely and has taken himself off to at times of trouble, and times of immense happiness, of course. It's right out in the wild, isn't it?
JOBSON: Absolutely. It's in the north of Scotland, and the reality is, it was the queen mother's home in Scotland. Of course, the queen has Balmoral and this is very close by. The fact that Prince Charles and the Camilla Parker Bowles have gone to this place many, many times before. They were there actually as lovers secretly, and photographed by a famous (UNINTELLIGIBLE), Jim Bennett (ph), who snapped them there when they were both married. There's only one picture of that in existence.
But apart from that, after the queen mother's death, Prince Charles was extremely moved by the whole event and went and spent some time up there with Camilla. So it's really their escape.
COOPER: This, of course, the scene, just a few moments ago, some 45 minutes or so ago, as Prince Charles and her royal highness, the Duchess of Cornwall, entered St. George's Chapel. Those assembled stood to watch these two walk together to the altar to affirm their love and have their union blessed.
ANDERSON: And just before Prince Charles and her royal highness, the Duchess of Cornwall, came into the chapel at Windsor, the queen and Prince Philip arrived.
And of course, they weren't attendees at the civil ceremony at about 12:30 local time, some three hours ago now. They weren't at the civil ceremony. There were very close member of both Charles and Camilla's family there, but the queen choosing not to be in attendance, but, obviously there at the blessing which was seen over by the archbishop of Canterbury, as you can see there, Rowan Williams.
COOPER: Prior to the queen arriving, the Princes William and Harry arrived. They, of course, the object of so much attention on this day, the day their father is wedding the woman he, at times, had a relationship while still married to their mother, the late Princess of Wales, Lady Diana. They are seated, of course, and seem quite happy on this day. Prince William had witnessed the actual marriage ceremony in Guild Hall just a short time before these pictures were taken. Prince Harry there as well.
ANDERSON: And Robert Jobson, a royal commentator, is with us. Robert, just how significant was the invitation to tea that William extended to Camilla Parker Bowles as she was then in 1999?
JOBSON: In terms of public relations, it's hugely significant. The acceptance of this woman by Princess Diana's eldest son as he was seen by the public was a very important moment. It was quite a well- organized and orchestrated public relations coup by Mark Bolland, who has since left Prince Charles's office. He basically wanted that out to make sure that that whole rift story was over. And I think there is a sense, isn't there. amongst people that if Princess Diana's sons can accept this woman into the life of their father, then surely people, the general public, should do so, too. And I think that's really what was behind that move.
ANDERSON: Thank you, Robert. Robert Jobson is our royal commentator. Let's take a look now at Camilla and Charles. And after more than 30 years, the words many thought they would never hear.
WILLIAMS: Charles and Camilla, you have committed yourselves to each other in marriage, and your marriage is recognized by law. The Church of Christ understands marriage to be in the will of God. The union of a man and a woman for better for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish until parted by death. Is this your understanding of the covenant and promise that you have made?
CHARLES: It is.
CAMILLA: It is.
WILLIAMS: Charles, have you resolved to be faithful to your wife, forsaking so all others so long as you both shall live?
CHARLES: That is my resolve with the help of God.
WILLIAMS: Camilla, have you resolved to be faithful to your husband, forsaking all others, so long as you both shall live?
CAMILLA: That is my resolve, with the help of God. (END VIDEOTAPE)
COOPER: And there that was, just a short time ago. They also went through the act of penitence, admitting past sins and past indiscretions. We're joined also in London by Lady Colin Campbell who is a royal biographer, who has been watching all of this.
Lady Campbell, as you watched this ceremony, as you watched the affirmation of vows, your thoughts?
CAMPBELL: Well, I thought that it was absolutely wonderful. Because I thought it's marvelous that people nowadays have an opportunity to have a second chance, and, you know, middle age, that was a wrongful thing to see. The world is not getting any younger, a lot of people are getting older, and it's not less that we, the older people, can have a love story to relate to.
And I also think it affirms other very noble things. It's, you know -- it shows that our forgiveness, a second chance, penitence has its place in life, but so does hopefulness and so does a new start and a good future. Those are my thoughts.
COOPER: And it is certainly a day of hope and a day where many are looking to the future of the monarchy and the future of this couple and the future of this family. Lady Campbell, we appreciate you being with us. Our coverage continues. We'll be right back.
COOPER: Just some of the faces we have seen in the crowd on this remarkable day, a beautiful day in the town of Windsor. We are standing in the shadow of Windsor Castle, where we have been witnessing history. Yet another chapter in this very thick book on the British royal family.
ANDERSON: Yes, you couldn't have made it up. It's been a difficult journey getting here. Many said they never thought they'd see nor hear the words that were spoken by Camilla Parker Bowles nee Shand, now married to Prince Charles, the heir to the throne of England.
Their marriage -- they got married at a civil ceremony about three hours ago. Their wedding has been blessed by the archbishop of Canterbury in the chapel just behind myself and Anderson. It's a gorgeous chapel at Windsor Castle. There have been some thousands of people here in Windsor today. And Richard Quest is standing amongst those that are still here.
Richard, what are people in the streets saying?
QUEST: Hello, Becky. If you look behind you, actually, roughly where the people are starting to come out of the castle, that is where we are. We are on the other side of the street. And once again, I'm on the outside looking in.
There's the doorway. You can now see many of the hundreds of people, representatives of the charities who are leaving Windsor Castle. Frankly, we didn't really get to see much. We got a small smidgen of a glimpse of the Duchess of Cornwall as she walked past. And that has really been about it.
But that didn't bother you, did it?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No, not at all. It's been great today. Yes.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, I really had a good time.
QUEST: Where are you from?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I'm from America, but live here in (UNINTELLIGIBLE). So I just had to come out because this is a piece of history and I had to be a part of it. So...
QUEST: I just overheard you saying, this is all so English.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes. It's so passive. I mean, in America, it would just be a mob scene over here, and everybody's so passive and polite, it's unbelievable. So i have to phone my husband to let him know because he was really worried about me out here. So it's been great.
QUEST: You've enjoyed it?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, I have. It's been wonderful. Fantastic.
QUEST: Excellent, thank you very much.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Thanks.
QUEST: What about you, madam, hello? Hello, how are you doing?
QUEST: Oh! What about you? As you can see, now they are starting to come out in very large numbers. What is happening, of course, is that these are the guests who basically waited outside the chapel during the service and they then saw the royal couple as they walked past. Most of the other members of the royal family got on that bus that you saw and they headed up, back up into the castle for the party.
Hello, did you see anything today?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Oh, yes, I did, I saw Charles as he went past. I would have liked to have seen him much closer.
QUEST: That was what some people are saying, isn't it? That...
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: ... was going to do a walk-around. QUEST: Sorry?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Thought he was going to it do a walk- around.
QUEST: Oh dear. Are you a bit disappointed?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Very, very, very, very. I've come all wait from Italy to see it.
QUEST: No? Did you see Camilla?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, very nice.
QUEST: But not enough of her?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Not enough of her. No, I didn't see enough of either of them, actually.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Better luck next time. What do you mean, better luck next time? They've taken their vows. So that's the way it is down here, as you can see. I think the one thing that people think is that Charles and Camilla could have probably done a little bit more to greet the crowd. I think that's fair. Isn't it?
COOPER: Well, Richard, have you been surprised that...
QUEST: Yes. They're a -- yes! Took a bit of prompting, but they finally decided to agree with me.
QUEST: They could have done a bit more!
QUEST: I'll tell you, if you buy them enough booze down here, they'll agree with just about anything.
COOPER: Richard, were people there surprised that they were riding in these two big buses with sort of advertising logos on side?
QUEST: It did. It was a bit tacky. This lady will are a view, won't you? When they were riding on those buses, I never thought I'd see the royal family on a minibus.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No, quite.
QUEST: It's not the done thing.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No, not really, no.
QUEST: I mean, that's that sort of thing you and I do.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Quite.
QUEST: You don't want to see the princes royal...
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No, no, no, no.
QUEST: Sets the tone, really, doesn't it?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It really does, yes. And i was waiting for them to get off the bus and come and have a little chat with me.
QUEST: Next time -- no, not next time. You'll have to wait for William! William! All right, yes, Becky, sorry, I interrupted you.
ANDERSON: Richard, it's been a rocky road to get to this Saturday, April 9th. It was supposed to be yesterday, of course. And there have now...
ANDERSON: Just some thousands of people on the streets. They may not be there anymore. But perhaps more people than the royal people, at least royal watchers thought might be out in Windsor today.
QUEST: No question, Becky. But what has been fascinating is the way in which they have managed this. The really important part of the day was 200 yards down the road at the Guild Hall. That was the marriage ceremony. But by gosh, you'd never have known it. They whipped out of that car, whipped into the Guild Hall. Out again as quickly.
The car didn't go at the normal royal pace so people could take pictures. It zoomed up the High Street. What they have had today, this afternoon, is the pictures they wanted, the service of blessing, the vows that were taken before the archbishop of Canterbury. And I'm afraid to say that the people out here have really had -- they've been shortchanged in terms of royal weddings. We haven't seen enough.
ANDERSON: OK. Well, I hope Camilla wasn't concerned that people would throw buns at her like they did in the past in supermarkets. Perhaps that's why they drove off so quickly.
COOPER: It's a interesting point that Richard makes, though. And I'd like to talk to Mr. Jobson about it, our royal watcher, who we've been talking to all morning. I'm calling him "Mister" now.
ANDERSON: Yes, it's respectful.
COOPER: Yes, it's respectful. I feel it's important. He doesn't have a title but I'm trying to work on that.
But it's an interesting point that the images that the royal family wanted the media, the world to see today were those images inside the chapel, not so much at this civil ceremony, at the Guild Hall. What about that, Robert?
JOBSON: They wanted the civil ceremony to be as low-key as possible. It didn't turn out that way, but we didn't see any of the pictures. We didn't see anything, really, of the civil ceremony. And initially, there was going to be no filming of the ceremony inside the St. George's Chapel, but they relented on that.
I think it's been relatively well-stage-managed. The last bit I thought is exactly what you would expect of a royal wedding which is what the image they wanted to portray.
COOPER: Because really, they could have had cameras inside Guild Hall, had they wanted.
JOBSON: They could have done. But they certainly didn't want to. The fact that the queen wasn't there and made it quite clear she wasn't going to go. I know we heard many (UNINTELLIGIBLE) saying it's not a snub. Well, it's a pretty big snub when your mother doesn't turn up for your wedding, I think. I don't care what anybody says about that. She could have been there if she really wanted to be.
COOPER: Ah, but she was there in spirit. Her portrait was hanging in the room, as was Queen Victoria's portrait.
JOBSON: I'm sure if Queen Victoria has been here, I don't think any of this would have happened.
ANDERSON: Well, she's right behind us on a statue. And she's still looking fairly grumpy. She does not look particularly happy about things. Let's see if we can get that shot.
COOPER: There's a large statue of Queen -- not only was her portrait in the room -- the Ascot Room in Guild Hall, where the two were married earlier this morning, there is a large statue, really -- there it is. You see the statue right the center of town, in one of the entrances to Windsor. Her presiding over there with her staff and her -- what is that?
ANDERSON: Looking fairly imperious, I think, is the word.
COOPER: Exactly. Yes. Her giant -- or big ball. I'm not sure the meaning of it. I think it's a symbol of -- you're British, you should know!
ANDERSON: Yes, let's take a short break and we'll be back with more after this.
COOPER: Be right back.
COOPER: And welcome back to our live coverage of this royal wedding. I'm Anderson Cooper joined by Becky Anderson. ANDERSON: And I'm Becky Anderson, absolutely. Thank you very much, indeed, for joining us. We've been here as we've watched the marriage, or at least heard the marriage of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles. We've seen the blessing. Of course, the marriage was a civil ceremony behind closed doors.
COOPER: It was civil indeed, and the blessing was well-attended by about some 700 or so family members and friends. Outside were about 2,000 people who were given tickets, friends of the royal family and also members, people who took part in some of the charities that the royal family supports.
ANDERSON: But many of the people who are here today, some 4,000 to 5,000 lining the streets of Windsor, which is about 40 miles outside of London, Windsor Castle, many of those people were here for one reason. They wanted to see what Camilla Parker Bowles would be wearing.
Now, Princess Diana wore ivory silk taffeta.
ANDERSON: ... beaded white satin, but we didn't expect veils and trails for Camilla. This is...
COOPER: We're also going by Robert Jobson, our royals watcher, who's also quite a man of fashion, from what I understand.
Robert, what did you think of this? This is the outfit that she changed into for the actual ceremony after the civil ceremony.
JOBSON: It was very generous to say I'm a man of fashion. I thought that she looked really good, actually, because it was a cross between a -- it looked like a bridal gown without it being like sort of a young bride's gown. But I'm not too sure about the hat, whatever it was, the twigs or whatever they were.
COOPER: Well, on the left, just so our viewers know, on the left is the outfit that she wore to the actual marriage ceremony at Guild Hall. On the right is what she changed into afterwards for the religious ceremony.
And, Robert, you thought -- which did you prefer?
JOBSON: I actually preferred the second one. I thought that she really did elegant. Maybe the first one was a bit -- as someone said earlier, a bit ascot-y. It was a little bit sort of like that. Also quite similar in color and style to that her majesty the queen was wearing. But I thought she looked really elegant and a bit little dressy as well. And it was flowing. It looked great for a wedding.
I also thought she looked extremely nervous as well. But she did actually pull through well. Prince Charles was quite touching, the way he was sort of guiding her through the ceremony as well.
COOPER: It was touching, even later as they were greeting the crowd, still they were arm in arm, not wanting to separate on such a lovely day. I thought she looked lovely. I thought it was very matrix-y. I thought it was sort of like "Matrix Reloaded."
ANDERSON: You did suggest that at one point. Philip Treacy made the hat, of course.
Tell us about the designer for the wedding outfit itself, Robert.
JOBSON: Well, I understand it was both Robinson Valentine, this is what Camilla has actually asked to get involved with. She likes this designer. She feels comfortable in the dresses that this designer makes for her. It's a local-based couture in Kensington. And she obviously feels confident in the clothes. I thought it was very stylish and quite modern, actually.
ANDERSON: I must say, the bookies were on the queen wearing either dusty blue or royal blue. Her daughter, Princess Anne, had royal blue on. But people have lost a lot of money today because she was resplendent.
COOPER: Not sure why Becky Anderson is hanging out with bookies...
COOPER: ... but we can just skip over that point.
ANDERSON: Have to do it, not for...
COOPER: In a moment, we're going to go back down into the crowd, because I know Richard Quest has some people who were right outside St. George's Chapel, and who saw the royal couple after the ceremony. So we're going to go on street to him very shortly.
But all eyes really have been watching Camilla Parker Bowles, now her royal highness, the Duchess of Cornwall, on this day, and also on the two princes who we see there, Prince William and Prince Harry.
ANDERSON: OK. Let's get down onto the streets of Windsor again, Richard Quest is with a couple of people who were inside the castle grounds today, some of the 2,000 invited guests who had tickets for the outside of the chapel where the blessing was conducted -- Richard.
QUEST: Hello, Becky. Just underneath you actually here on the High Street here in Windsor. With me is Fiona and Jeff (ph). You were there in the castle, just outside the chapel. Tell us what happened.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Well, they were -- they came through the gateway after they had come down the steps at the end the ceremony, and they walked down. They went along one side and shook hands with people. And we thought, oh, dear, we're only going to see their back views. But in fact they turned around and came over to us, and they came and they shook hands with as many people as they could possibly manage. And she was lovely, Camilla, as she got the feathers in her hair. And she's obviously having trouble keeping them in. And was saying, well, if I don't hurry up and get inside, she said, I will blow away. So she was lovely, and they were both very nice, and looked very, very happy.
QUEST: And this -- I'm not going to steal it. This is the program. What was -- obviously it's their wedding day there, it must have been quite extraordinary. They must be pleased.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Oh, it was wonderful. And I think they're just so happy. Just very relaxed. When we saw them, they had completely relaxed, and walking along and just looked as if it was a perfect day.
QUEST: More people -- did you see them -- you were inside the...
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We were inside, yes.
QUEST: You were inside. What was it like and did you see them?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It was very regal but it was very relaxing. They were enjoying the day to the utmost.
QUEST: Were they?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, yes. Camilla looked beautiful. Yes, she had a lovely full-length dress.
QUEST: So lots of smiles, lots of...
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Lot's of -- yes, yes.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It was an important day for her, she made the most of it.
QUEST: Excellent. Well, there we are. Many thanks indeed. I tell you, a day you'll remember.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Absolutely. We'll never forget.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Oh, fantastic, yes, very good.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, a really lovely day.
QUEST: Thank for talking to us. Thank you very much.
That's what it's like on the streets of Windsor. There are those who saw what happened, there are those who didn't. There are those who shook the hands and then there was the rest of us who stood outside and watched.
ANDERSON: OK. Richard Quest on the streets of Windsor. I'm Becky Anderson.
COOPER: Thanks very much for watching our special coverage of this royal wedding. We also want to thank all of your guests, including Robert Jobson, who has been with us all for the last several hours. I'm Anderson Cooper. Thanks for watching. We leave you now with some of the sights and sounds from this royal wedding.
WILLIAMS: Charles and Camilla, you stand in the presence of God as man and wife to dedicate to Him your life together. That he may consecrate your marriage and empower you to keep the covenant and promise you have solemnly declared.
Charles, have you resolved to be faithful to your wife, forsaking all others so long as you both shall live?
CHARLES: That is my resolve, with the help of God.
WILLIAMS: Camilla, have you resolved to be faithful to your husband, forsaking all others so long as you both shall live?
CAMILLA: That is my resolve, with the help of God.
CHARLES AND BOWLES: We unite our wills and Thy will that we may grow together in love and peace all the days of our life.
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