The reason Charles and Camilla’s wedding was rescheduled - and it's got nothing to do with protocol

King Charles and Queen Camilla's wedding day was almost another date entirely but was postponed by 24 hours as a 'mark of respect'

King Charles and Queen Camilla’s wedding date was rescheduled. Seen here the couple pose for their official photograph in the White Drawing Room
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King Charles and Queen Camilla’s wedding was rescheduled for a sad reason and it had nothing to do with protocol.  

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding and that of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might have become truly iconic in the minds of many fans in recent years, but these weren’t the only royal nuptials to have captured the world’s interest. The King and Queen Consort tied the knot on April 9, 2005 at Windsor Guildhall and will celebrate their 18th wedding anniversary this year. 

Although they very nearly would’ve marked this special occasion a day earlier if their original wedding date had been kept. It might come as a surprise given the meticulous planning that goes into every detail at royal weddings but the date wasn’t their first choice.  

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall

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King Charles and Queen Camilla’s wedding was rescheduled from their original day, April 8, to April 9 for a heart-breaking reason. Whilst some might speculate that royal protocol lay behind this decision, it actually wasn’t anything to do with their status as divorcees, historic royal tradition or anything similar that might come to mind. 

Instead, their big day was pushed back by a day so that the groom - who was then first in the royal line of succession - could attend the funeral of Pope John Paul II. The decision to move their long-awaited nuptials to April 9 was announced a few days earlier by Clarence House

As per The Guardian, the statement declared, “As a mark of respect, His Royal Highness and Mrs Parker Bowles have decided to postpone their wedding until Saturday.”

American Archbishop James Harvey, head of papal protocol, shakes hands with Prince Charles

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He represented the late Queen at the service which was attended by dignitaries from around the world, including European monarchs and the then-US President George Bush. Another attendee was the Archbishop of Canterbury at the time, Rowan Williams, who had been due to pronounce a blessing on King Charles and Queen Camilla’s wedding day. 

After the royal wedding was rescheduled, he later led the Service of Prayer and Dedication as planned on April 9. This was the part of King Charles and Queen Camilla’s wedding that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip attended, as well as the reception afterwards at Windsor Castle hosted by the delighted monarch. 

Prince of Wales and his new wife Camilla Parker Bowles, the Duchess of Cornwall

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However, the couple’s big day was a royal wedding Queen Elizabeth missed as she wasn’t present at their civil ceremony at Windsor Guildhall when they officially tied the knot. The rescheduling of King Charles and Queen Camilla’s wedding showcased their commitment to royal duty at this challenging time. 

In 2020 the couple’s anniversary was marked with a new photo of the couple. Since then, very sadly, this day has likely become tinged with immense sadness as Prince Philip passed away on April 9 in 2021. 

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Perhaps King Charles and Queen Camilla now take a moment to reflect upon happier memories of their times with him as well as of their wedding day when this date comes around. This year they will be marking their 18th wedding anniversary shortly before they are both crowned at the King’s coronation in May.  

Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Royal Editor with eight years experience working in publishing. Her specialist areas include the British Royal Family, ranging from protocol to outfits. Alongside putting her royal knowledge to good use, Emma knows all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV and more. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, Emma enjoys cooking, long walks and watching yet more crime dramas!