When Britain's Prince Charles weds Camilla Parker Bowles on Saturday, it will be the culmination of a romance that has endured for more than three decades.
The wedding, which has been beset with problems, was originally set for Friday, but was postponed for 24-hours so Charles could attend Pope John Paul II's funeral.
The couple's marriage has been met with little enthusiasm in Britain, where Mrs. Parker Bowles will follow in the footsteps of the much loved Diana, Princess of Wales. The princess disliked Mrs. Parker Bowles, who she saw as the catalyst for her 1996 divorce.
But when Charles marries Saturday, there will be none of the pomp and circumstance that surrounded his first marriage.
The couple, both divorcees, will be joined in a brief, private civil ceremony at the Windsor Guildhall, just outside London. A short while later, close friends and family will attend a wedding blessing inside Saint George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, the home of Charles' mother, Queen Elizabeth.
After her marriage Camilla Parker Bowles will be known as the Duchess of Cornwall.
Some information for this story provided by AFP and AP.