07 Feb '12, 2pm

Britain marks Charles Dickens' 200th anniversary

Britain marks Charles Dickens' 200th anniversary

Britain's Prince Charles, (left), points to a birthday cake in honor of Charles Dickens as he stands with his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and museum director Florian Schweizer, right, the Dickens Museum in London on Tuesday, Feb 7, 2012. -- PHOTO: AP LONDON (AFP) - Britain marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens on Tuesday with the laying of a wreath at his grave in Westminster Abbey in London and a street party in his native Portsmouth. Prince Charles and Ralph Fiennes, who is starring in the latest film version of Dickens' masterpiece Great Expectations, attended the ceremony in Poets' Corner at the abbey, where Dickens was buried in 1870. The congregation included what is believed to be the largest ever gathering of descendants of the Victorian novelist as well as representatives from the worlds of literature, film and theatre. The author had ...

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