Royal Nups Make Splash in Asia

The wedding of Britain's Prince Charles (search) and Camilla Parker Bowles (search) dominated Sunday papers across Asia — from former colonies to a predominantly Muslim republic — with photos and coverage splashed across front pages from Sydney to Hong Kong to Jakarta.

Australia's government sent its best wishes to the royal newlyweds, while the country's republican movement said Prince Charles' wedding was a reminder of the need for a homegrown head of state.

"All I can say is that I hope that Prince Charles and Camilla are very happy, and I'm sure it was a happy day for them in spite of the difficulties leading up to it, and I wish them well in the future," Foreign Minister Alexander Downer (search) told Australian television's Ten Network.

Saturday's wedding in the English town of Windsor — which was televised live in Australia — again revived the slumbering republican debate in Australia, which is one of many Commonwealth nations that will get Charles as their king when he ascends the British throne.

"Today we are reminded that our Head of State is a stranger from another land, a stranger who will be our Head of State through 'right of birth,' rather than through the will of the Australian people," the Australian Republican Movement said in a statement to mark Saturday's nuptials.

Australian papers worked late into the night to cram photos of the wedding into their Sunday editions — the ceremony did not start until late Saturday night local time.

Sydney's The Sun-Herald carried a front-page picture of Charles and Camilla leaving Windsor's St. George's Chapel under the headline "Charles the confessor weds his one true love," a reference to the couple confessing "manifold sins and wickedness" — words from the Church of England's Book of Common Prayer — at the ceremony.

In Hong Kong, handed back to China by Britain in 1997, the English-language South China Morning Post ran a massive photo of the couple on its front page and its editorial said, "This was not a fairy tale wedding — far from it. But it is one which is likely to last."

In an editorial, the paper said the wedding ended "one of the longest and most troubled courtships in the history of the British royal family."

It added that most British people "cannot stomach" the idea Camilla becoming queen, but said she will offer Charles stability and support and "might yet work her way into the affection of the public."

In another former British colonial outpost, most Indian newspapers carried front page pictures of the wedding.

"The merry wife of Windsor," read the headline in The Times of India.

Indian papers also featured two simply dressed men from India's Maharashtra state who were among the wedding guests.

Charles met the pair two years ago in India's financial hub, Bombay, where they are among 5,000 lunch-box deliverymen who tote 200,000 lunch pails each day from private homes to offices using an intricate color-code system to ensure each meal goes to the right place.

In Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, many people closely follow news of the British royal family and on Sunday they were treated to news and photos of the wedding plastered across the front pages of most papers.

South Korean media also carried extensive coverage of the royal wedding.

The country's Yonhap news agency reported from London that the couple "didn't hide their feeling of happiness" following the ceremony.

Yoon Seul-gi, a female office worker in Seoul, welcomed the news of the wedding.

"They looked beautiful together, and I think they should have got married a long time ago considering how much they love each other," Yoon said. "They deserve to be blessed."