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Welsh couple won't let Charles and Camilla steal their thunder.

A welsh couple with royal connections will get married on the same day as Charles and Camilla. As the Prince of Wales and his long-term partner tie the knot in Windsor in a civil ceremony, Gareth Dyer and Victoria Jenkins will be walking down the aisle.

The couple, who live in Ponty- clun, are not only getting married on the same day, but Victoria, 24, has other royal coincidences.

Victoria celebrated her first birthday the day of Charles's first wedding, sitting at the head of the table at her street party, as Britain celebrated his marriage to Diana.

Her parents gave her the names of our long-serving queens - Victoria and Elizabeth.

When the couple heard the announcement that Charles and Camilla were to marry on the day they had chosen, they thought it was a coincidence too far.

They booked the wedding on April 8 more than a year ago after failing to get a Saturday date.

'It's crazy isn't it,' said Victoria, from Cwmbran, a healthy- living worker for the NHS.

'We booked our wedding 18 months ago and we were struggling to get a Saturday, so we ended up on a Friday. It was not what we had intended.

'When Camilla and Charles said they were getting married on the same day, we thought, 'How rude'.'

Gareth and Victoria get married at Llanfrechfa Church in Cwmbran with their reception at the Cwrt Bleddyn near Usk.

Victoria said, 'These coincidences keep popping up all the time, it's a bit bizarre.

'But our wedding should be nicer. It's a nice church where my mother and father got married, so that should be better than Charles and Camilla's.

'I'm not too worried our guests will be going to their wedding instead. I don't think we have too many friends in common.

'And I think I will look a bit nicer than her.'

Gareth, from Porth, is a graduate officer for Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council.

'When they made the announ- cement they were getting married I just thought it was a cheek - they were stealing our thunder!

'Me and Victoria looked at each other and thought how funny it was that they were getting married on the same day as us.'
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Mar 1, 2005
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