Charles and Camilla met when a mutual friend introduced them back in the Seventies and their subsequent love affair lasted for decades. Camilla was considered to be an inappropriate choice of wife for the first-in-line to the throne, so she married Andrew Parker Bowles while Charles wed Princess Diana several years later. However, their ongoing affair caused conflict within both marriages. Camilla divorced her husband in 1995 while Charles and Diana divorced in 1996.
Their relationship gradually became more publicised and they married in a civil ceremony in 2005. However, Charles’ mother did not attend, fuelling speculation the Queen did not approve of their relationship.
Writing in The Telegraph in April 2005, Andrew Alderson explained the real reason behind the Queen’s refusal to attend the civil ceremony.
He wrote: “The Queen has let it be known that the reason she will not be attending the wedding of Prince of Wales is because she is putting her duties as the head of the Church of England before family feelings.”
Apparently the monarch had told a friend: “I am not able to go. I do not feel that my position [as Supreme Governor of the Church] permits it.”
The Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles (Image: Getty)
Charles and Camilla officially tied the knot in 2005 (Image: Getty)
A senior royal official added: “The Queen takes her position as Supreme Governor of the Church of England incredibly seriously.”
For a brief time it was believed the Queen did not want to attend because she thought a service in Windsor Town Hall would be “humiliating” in comparison to the usual stately affair of a royal wedding.
Yet, another royal insider explained that “the venue was never the issue for the Queen”.
They continued: “The civil nature of the service is the issue. She did not feel it was appropriate for her to attend.”
The Queen told her eldest son that she would not be able to attend the civil ceremony many months in advance – even when he briefly considering holding it in Windsor Castle.
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Charles and Camilla married in Windsor Town Hall (Image: Getty)