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LONDON, England -- The Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles will acknowledge their "sins and wickedness" when their wedding is blessed by the Archbishop of Canterbury on Saturday, royal officials said.

Charles will pledge to be faithful to his new wife in the service of prayer and dedication.

The order of service for the blessing in St George's Chapel was released Thursday at a Clarence House briefing, packed with more than 100 journalists, the UK's Press Association reported.

Rather than choosing more newly-written prayers of penitence for divorcees, the prince and the new Duchess of Cornwall will join the congregation in reading the strongest act of penitence from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.

Charles and Camilla will say the prayer book confession which reads: "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."

Charles committed adultery with Camilla, while still married to Diana, Princess of Wales.

It was also disclosed Thursday that Queen Elizabeth II would be holding a lunch for visiting foreign royals immediately after Charles and Camilla's wedding.

As the couple return to Windsor Castle shortly after saying their vows, they will not join the queen nor will she formally greet them. There will be no readings nor music at the civil ceremony in the Guildhall and aides are keeping this order of service private.

The queen has chosen not to attend the non-religious Guildhall service and will only be present at the service of prayer and dedication in the chapel.

The postponement of the wedding by a day has led to 20 people not being able to attend the blessing, but four others have now been able to accept, royal officials said.

Earlier this week details of the wedding plans were announced.

The marriage ceremony will be at 12:30 p.m. (1130 GMT) on Saturday, Charles' office said.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Charles cut short his skiing holiday in Switzerland to attend a memorial service for the pope at London's Westminster Cathedral on Monday.

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

The royal wedding has already been hit by several glitches. (Ghost of Diana?)

The venue had to be switched from Windsor Castle to the town hall in Windsor after a mix-up over marriage licenses. Constitutional experts also have questioned the legality of a civil ceremony.

Queen Elizabeth II has said she will not attend her eldest son's second marriage, but she is planning to attend a blessing being given afterwards by Archbishop Williams at nearby Windsor Castle, west of London.

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


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