Marriage Act 1949
The wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005 brought into question whether civil marriages were available to members of the British royal family. Lord Falconer, the Lord Chancellor, replied to the House of Lords that he was convinced that the marriage was in accordance with the 1949 Act.
The Act had prohibited solemnizing marriages during evenings and at night. Since the Marriage Act 1836 it had been forbidden to marry between the hours of six in the evening and eight in the morning. This prohibition was repealed on 1 October 2012.
- "Royal wedding legal says minister". BBC News Online. 23 February 2005.
- The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, section 114
- The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (Commencement No. 3) Order 2012 (S.I. 2012/2234), article 3(m)
- "Night-time weddings to be allowed". BBC News Online. 12 February 2011.
- O Hood Phillips. A First Book of English Law. Fourth Edition. Sweet and Maxwell. 1960. Page 90.