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It has been agreed that the civil ceremony, to be held in the Guildhall at Windsor, will not be broadcast. Informed sources conceded this weekend the prospect of live or recorded coverage of the St George’s service was no better than “50-50”.

This is a mistake. If the service is not shown on television for all to see, then the public will never accept it, and Camilla will never become Queen, no matter how much Charles might want it. Unless we can actually see the romantic wedding, and have the library footage there to dig out at every given opportunity, we’ll never be able to get used to the idea of them as a married couple, no matter how many events they appear at as such.

I can understand the thinking behind not broadcasting the civil ceremony, and I have no problem with that, but the blessing should be a way round that – it should be the fairytale, fluffy, romantic bit of the day that we all remember. A royal wedding which is not shown on TV will scarcely be a wedding at all in the eyes of the public.

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