XML Format using the xml datatype in sql server2008

I am trying to generate a format in xml but the format changes in XML. I know that can be done using varchar(max). As I am using methods in xml and methods cannot be called on varchar.So i have to stick with xml datatype. Can anyone help me to generate the file in the below format in XML?

    DECLARE @HoldFile AS XML 
 SELECT @HoldFile=CAST('<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
 <submission type="SCHOOL" version="4.0" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="REGISTRATION">
 </submission>' AS XML)
 SELECT @HoldFile

 The submission tag changes to 
 <submission xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" type="SCHOOL" version="4.0" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="REGISTRATION" />

 I want this tag to be 
      <submission type="SCHOOL" version="4.0" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="REGISTRATION">
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asked Nov 01, 2011 at 03:45 PM in Default

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...but the format changes in XML... sorry, I don't understand your question, what is changed..?

Nov 01, 2011 at 04:53 PM JD

the code alphabetizes the attributes, your code that consumes this should not care

Nov 03, 2011 at 01:12 PM Scot Hauder
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From Limitations of the xml Data Type:

The order of attributes in an XML instance is not preserved. When you query the XML instance stored in the xml type column, the order of attributes in the resulting XML may be different from the original XML instance.

So if you put your XML in a XML data type there is no guarantees about the order of attributes.

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