1. Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles meeting members of London''s Australian community at Clarence House
2. Queen Elizabeth II arriving for investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace
Windsor - 23 February 2005
3. Exteriors of Windsor Castle
4. Pan from Windsor Castle to Guildhall
5. Interiors of Guildhall''s Council Room where wedding is expected to take place
6. Portrait of Queen on Council Room wall
7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Patrick Jephson, Former private secretary to Princess Diana:
"I think talk of a snub is exaggerated. The Queen has been given clear advice that it would be a good idea to keep just a slight distance away from the civil ceremony part of the marriage. Don''t forget, the Queen''s primary duty is to the constitution, to her position as head of state. This has developed into a bit of an unforeseen legal minefield, and so I can imagine that wise heads are saying it might be an idea for the Queen to be slightly separated from it."
8. People walking along street outside castle
9. SOUNDBITE: (English) Vox pop, No name available:
"I think the Queen should be at the wedding. If my mum didn''t turn up to my wedding, I''d be a bit miffed (annoyed)."
10. SOUNDBITE: (English) Vox pop, No name available:
"I think it can be seen as quite a snub, because it just seems she''s not supporting the marriage and accepting Camilla into her family."
11. Shops and businesses outside castle
12. SOUNDBITE: (English) George Hattingh, Shopkeeper:
"You never know. Hopefully her decision doesn''t affect it dramatically. It could create a greater interest, you never know. Any publicity is good publicity at the end of the day, if it brings people to the castle."
13. Exterior of Windsor and Eton council (local government) headquarters
14. SOUNDBITE: (English) Lloyd White, Head of council services:
"We''re all very relieved. Everyone involved with the wedding organisation is very relieved that we now have a clear line on this issue, that clarity has been achieved, and everyone knows the wedding ceremony will be legal. So we will be blazing ahead with our own project team to make sure the wedding day runs smoothly and in accordance with the happy couple''s wishes."
Buckingham Palace says Queen Elizabeth II won''t be attending her son''s wedding to keep the occasion "low key."
Among royal watchers and wedding organisers alike, there was agreement that the impression of slipshod planning, a hint of queenly disapproval and lingering questions over the civil ceremony''s legality were tipping the upcoming nuptials of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles toward farce.
Buckingham Palace announced late on Tuesday that the monarch would not attend the April 8 wedding of her son and heir "because she is aware that the prince and Mrs. Parker Bowles wanted to keep the occasion low key."
While the Queen will not go to the civil ceremony, she will attend a church blessing and a reception afterwards at Windsor Castle.
A spokesman for Charles'' Clarence House office said the prince was "happy with the arrangements," and a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman insisted the queen''s absence did not imply criticism.
In Windsor, Patrick Jephson, a former private secretary to Princess Diana, denied talk of a snub, pointing out that the Queen''s primary duty is to her position as head of state - which includes her role as supreme head of the Church of England.
But some local residents were less certain, saying the move suggested the Queen wasn''t willing to welcome Camilla into the royal family.
Business leaders in Windsor brushed aside fears that the Queen''s decision may reduce the number of people who are expected to travel to the town on the big day.
George Hattingh whose shop is barely 100 metres from the castle entrance, said instead the renewed publicity could increase public interest.
Meanwhile, the British government''s top legal officer issued a ruling on Wednesday regarding the legality of the union.
A law dating from the 19th century barred royals from marrying outside church, and some experts believe it still applies today.
But attorney general Lord Falconer said on Wednesday the bar was removed when new legislation came into force in 1949.
Today''s legal ruling means local government officials in Windsor can now move ahead with plans for the civil ceremony to take place at the town''s Guildhall.
Lloyd White, who''s in charge of coordinating plans in his role as the council''s Head of Democratic Services, said everyone was relieved that clarity had been achieved on the issue.