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Legal objections to UK royal wedding dismissed

[JURIST] UK Registrar-General Len Cook [official profile] Tuesday dismissed 11 legal objections to the proposed civil marriage of Prince Charles [official profile] and Camilla Parker Bowles that had been filed in their home towns of Chippenham and Cirencester. The Registrar-General is responsible for the application of the Marriage Act 1949 and hears all objections to marriage ceremonies proposed under the legislation. Tuesday was the last day for legal objections to be filed, and Cook said that he accepted Lord Falconer's ruling [JURIST report] that the Human Rights Act 1998 overrides the provisions of the Marriage Act that would have prohibited royals from engaging in a civil wedding ceremony. The passage of the final filing date means that there are no more legal challenges that may be brought against the ceremony, currently scheduled for April 8. Read the Registrar-General's full statement [General Register Office press release]. BBC News has local coverage.

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