As the Duchess of Cornwall, (Camilla Parker Bowles) gave the royal wave when she entered Westminster Abby following Prince Charles, was she thinking of the debacle that had been her wedding to the next king of England?
Royal courtiers saw her as an unsuitable match back in 1970 when Charles and Camilla first met. Charles didn’t ask her to wait when he went overseas for military duties, so Camilla married Andrew Parker Bowles, whom she later divorced.
So many things went wrong when she eventually married her Prince Charming; Prince Charles, now the longest standing heir apparent to the British throne.
The marriage was to be held on Friday April 8th, with the Official first day covers pre-postmarked.
The Queen nominated Prince Charles to represent her and Great Britain at the funeral of Pope John Paul II, on April 8th in Rome. The Queen does not normally attend funerals.
The royal troubles however, were only just starting.
Charles and Camilla originally aimed to marry at Windsor Castle, but it was not licensed for a civil wedding. Therefore the couple unwillingly were forced to opt for a much more downmarket town hall. Prince Charles was the first royal ever to have a civil marriage.
During the wedding service the couple confessed the ‘manifold sins and wickedness’ of their adulterous relationship in the past.
Later speculation arose about whether or not the civil wedding is legal; however the Registrar General threw the objections out.
Queen Elizabeth II rose to the English throne only because her Uncle King Edward VIII abdicated in favour of his love, an American divorcee, Mrs Wallis Simpson, back in 1936.
Even up to the time of her death, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, adamantly refused to meet the divorcee Mrs Wallis Simpson. The irony is that another divorcee, Camilla Parker Bowles, wears the Queen Mother's engagement ring.
Even to the time of her death, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, adamantly refused to meet the divorcee Mrs Wallis Simpson. The irony is that another divorcee, Camilla Parker Bowles, wears the Queen Mother's engagement ring.
The official wedding photos of Prince Charles and Camilla were not taken in the throne room, as would normally happen, but in one of the many other palace drawing rooms.
Camilla became the Princess of Wales automatically when she married Prince Charles, but chose to be called by the lesser title of the Duchess of Cornwall, thus avoiding any confusion with Prince Charles’ first wife, Princess Diana.
Three year-old granddaughter of Camilla is seen to be holding a bright pink wiggly worm, in the official royal wedding family photo of Prince William and Princess Catherine. The worm had been given to her by Prince Harry during the scary carriage ride back from Westminster Abbey.
If she is a realist, Camilla may realize she might never walk the Abbey as the Queen of England. Perhaps as Camilla sat in Westminster Abbey, in the middle of the glorious pomp and ceremony of the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, she was consumed with sadness that her wedding to the heir apparent of the English throne had not been of the same standard.