Camilla Parker Bowles and Prince Charles tied the knot in a civil ceremony in 2005
It’s no secret that Charles and Camilla’s wedding was not a traditional royal ceremony. The couple had a relationship before Prince Charles married Princess Diana, and they continued their affair throughout her marriage.
The cheating of the Prince of Wales was a hot topic in the British tabloids for years before Diana died in a car crash in Paris in August 1997. Royal fans did not support Charles and Camilla when they went public their relationship years later.
When Charles and Camilla married on April 9, 2005, they still lacked the full support of the public or many of the royals. To keep things more low-key, they got married in a civil ceremony at the Windsor Guildhall, followed by a blessing at St George’s Chapel instead of having a traditional church wedding.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip did not attend the wedding ceremony, but did join Charles and Camilla in the service of the blessing. The Queen and her husband also hosted a reception for the newlyweds at Windsor Castle.
Disapproval slowly turned into support
Despite the bad press of Charles’ divorce and Diana’s tragic death, Charles and Camilla have remained together and endured the backlash from the public.
British journalist Tom Bower said in his biography Rebel Prince: The Power, Passion and Challenge of Prince Charles that Queen Elizabeth called Camilla “that wicked woman”. According to Good Housekeeping, he also claimed that the monarch wanted “nothing to do with her.”
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Queen Elizabeth is also said to have skipped Charles’ 50th birthday in 1998 due to his relationship with Camilla.
In 2000, Her Majesty seemed to be warming up to the couple. Queen Elizabeth accepted an invitation to an event she knew Camilla would attend.
It took the audience a lot longer to sustain the relationship. A 2004 Populus poll indicated that only 32% of participants approved of Charles and Camilla’s marriage.
When they announced their engagement in February 2005, audiences began to change their minds about Charles and Camilla’s relationship.
There were two reasons Camilla Parker Bowles was not allowed to wear a tiara
Many British citizens did not like the idea of Camilla and Charles getting married because she was divorced. Additionally, the Church of England does not support second marriages when a former spouse is still living.
Camilla’s first husband, Andrew Parker Bowles, was still alive when she married Prince Charles. So they decided to have a unique royal wedding to try to make everyone happy. Charles and Camilla divided the day into a civil ceremony at the Windsor Guildhall. Then had their special marital blessing in the chapel.
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According to Pure Wow, there are two reasons Camilla Parker Bowles didn’t wear a tiara on this day. The first is that divorced royal brides do not wear tiaras. Not only did Camilla skip the head accessory in 2005, but Princess Anne did the same when she got married a second time in 1992.
The other reason for the lack of a tiara is because of the location of the wedding. Because Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles opted for a civil ceremony instead of a church wedding, it was unusual for the bride to wear formal jewelry.