Queen and Camilla ‘share similarities’ says expert
Although the Queen initially had a “problem” with Prince Charles marrying Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, the monarch gave them her “full backing”, according to royal commentators. The marriage was the focus of a Channel 5’s mini-documentary on how Camilla’s love affairs affected the Prince of Wales and Princess Anne. Robert Jobson, Royal Editor of the London Evening Standard, discussed the similarities between the monarch and her eventual daughter-in-law.
He told Channel 5: “If you actually look at the two women, they share an awful lot of similarities.
“Both are country women essentially, they both love horses, they share a passion for the countryside.
“There are a lot of similarities that they would always personally get on.
“But I think prior to the growing acceptance for the Prince of Wales to marry Camilla, of course, the Queen, wearing her hat as monarch, would have a problem with what that could ultimately mean to the monarchy, and to the security of the monarchy.”
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After Charles and Camilla finally married in April 2005, the Queen made a speech expressing her support for the union at the reception dinner.
The monarch reportedly told party guests: “My son is home and dry with the woman he loves.”
Vanity Fair Royal Editor Katie Nicholl provided additional insight, saying: “I think those words spoke volumes.
“The Queen spoke of ‘obstacles’ that had been in their way before.”
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She continued: “This has not been an easy relationship.
“In fact, this wasn’t a relationship that she had endorsed at all.
“But time had moved on, the situation had changed and she gave them her full backing.”
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Before being allowed to tie the knot with his long-time partner, the Prince of Wales had to secure consent from the Queen.
This is required by the Royal Marriages Act 1772.
By the time Charles and Camilla married the Church of England had changed their ways to allow divorced people to remarry in certain circumstances.
But to avoid any controversy over Charles, who is the future supreme governor of the Church of England, marrying a divorced woman, the couple wed in a civil ceremony.
Clarence House has confirmed that when Charles’ ascends the throne, Camilla will be known as HRH The Princess Consort, not as Queen.
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