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Royal fleet prepares for the big wedding

FINAL preparations are being made at the Royal car fleet for the marriage of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles on Saturday. The wedding had been postponed by a day because of the Pope’s funeral tomorrow.

The couple, setting off from Windsor Castle, will arrive at and depart from the ceremony at the Windsor Guildhall in a 1962 Rolls-Royce Phantom V previously used by HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. It is part of the Prince’s fleet.

Princes William and Harry will also be at the civil ceremony. Other members of the Royal family, transported by the Buckingham Palace fleet, will include the Duke of York, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and the Princess Royal. Prince William and Tom Parker-Bowles will be witnesses to the marriage.

A spokesman for Buckingham Palace told Fleet NewsNet: ‘Royal household cars will be used by members of the Royal family, but for security reasons we are not revealing details.’

As well as the civil wedding, there will be a service of prayer and dedication at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.

The Royal household fleet is a mixture of old and new, reflecting its need to be used for both state occasions and everyday demands.

For official duties providing transport for state and other visitors as well as the Queen, there are eight state limousines, including two Bentleys, three Rolls-Royces and three Daimlers. Other vehicles include a number of Volkswagen MPVs and, for private use, the Queen drives a Jaguar saloon or a Vauxhall estate.

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