Charles and Camilla’s wedding from delay to why the Queen never attended

King Charles III married Camilla, Queen Consort back in April 2005, after knowing each other for several decades.

The new monarch, 73, and Camilla, 75, announced their engagement in February 2005, 35 years after they first met, and went on to tie the knot two months later.

The royal couple's wedding took place on 9 April but it was originally scheduled for 8 April, having been delayed due to the death of Pope John Paul II.

King Charles and Camilla also changed their wedding venue weeks before their nuptials, with it taking place in Windsor Guildhall rather than Windsor Castle.

Their wedding was unique as they got hitched in a civil ceremony rather than a Church of England service. Charles was the first ever royal to marry in a civil ceremony in England.

While the Church of England does often permit the remarriage of divorced people – both Camilla and Charles had previously been married – it is thought that the couple decided to wed in a civil ceremony out of resport for Charles' future role as head of the Church.

Following the ceremony, a religious Service of Prayer and Dedication was held at St George's Chapel in Windsor, led by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Charles' parents, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, did not attend his and Camilla's civil ceremony, reportedly due to Her Majesty's role as head of Church.

Queen Elizabeth also had to give her consent for Camilla and Charles to marry under the Royal Marriages Act of 1772.

The Queen and Prince Philip did attend the couple's religious ceremony, and Her Majesty later hosted Charles and Camilla's wedding reception.

Both of Camilla's children, Tom and Laura, were in attendance at the wedding, along with Charles' two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.

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The bride opted not to wear a tiara on her big day, despite the Queen traditionally lending each Royal bride a tiara from her collection when they marry.

Some Royal brides have even worn their own tiaras in the past, such as Princess Diana, who wore the Spencer Tiara when she married Charles in 1981.

Camilla instead opted to wear a wide-brimmed cream hat for her civil ceremony, and changed into a feather headpiece by milliner Philip Treacy for her and Charles' religious service.

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