Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles’ wedding has always been a topic of discussion. A lot of has happened in and out of these discussions.
Camilla falling ill and boos from the crowd were just the beginning.
On April 9, 2005, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles tied the knot in a civil ceremony at Windsor Guildhall. Afterward, the pair went to St. George’s Chapel to receive an official marriage blessing from the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Photos from the event might be reflecting a day of jubilant crowds, and smiles all around. But, in reality, the day, while exciting, was a rather contentious event for many.
Long before their nuptials came to a controversial relationship.
In 1992, while Charles was still married to his first wife, Diana, the press released some private tapes of an intimate phone call between Charles and Camilla. It was an exchange that solidified that the two were having an affair.
During the royal’s divorce from Diana, Camilla and Charles remained together. All this while, the Queen strongly disapproved of their relationship. Things got even worse.
In early 2000, the monarch was so upset with her son, that she refused an invitation to his 50th birthday party.
Over time, as the royal family recovered from Diana’s tragic death, Her Majesty warmed up to Camilla.
Later, Queen Elizabeth accepted an invitation to an event in Highgrove knowing Camilla would be there. This particular action is recognized as a sign that the Queen, at last, approved of their relationship.
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Public’s opinion was another story.
A poll revealed that in 2004, just 32% of participants were okay with Charles and Camilla getting married. Twenty-nine percent were against it, 38% didn’t care, and 2% had no opinion.
Some Brits eventually got on board with them as a couple, but once their engagement was announced, they faced another round of angry outbursts.
Penny Junor said: “I remember receiving emails from viewers of BBC Breakfast expressing their utter disgust at the news. One woman even stood outside of Clarence House and announced that Charles should never be king if he was to wed Camilla”.
By the time April 9 rolled around, the mood had shifted in the couple’s favor.
Junor said: “Many were still apprehensive, the overall response was positive. Camilla was suffering from sinusitis that morning, but her spirits were instantly lifted once she felt the energy from the crowd”.
For the first part of their wedding day at Windsor Guildhall, just 28 people gathered for the intimate event. Neither Queen Elizabeth nor Prince Philip attended the civil ceremony.
But, this was not all.
They later made an appearance at St. George’s Chapel and the reception. Following the ceremony, the two stepped outside with large grins on their faces.
From then on, Camilla was to be known as Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cornwall. She approached the masses of fans, thanking everyone for coming out to celebrate their big day.