Queen Camilla’s family, including her ex-husband, Andrew Parker Bowles, will be in the spotlight at the impending coronation. According to the Times, he has been invited to the event, which makes sense considering that his grandsons will serve as Pages of Honour to their grandmother, Camilla.
Insider Business confirmed Camilla’s ex-husband’s attendance at the coronation with a tweet on its official Twitter feed on May 6. Have look at the Tweet given you below:
Camilla’s ex-husband, Andrew Parker Bowles, attended the coronation and watched her become queenhttps://t.co/XBLGMeuSQo
— Insider Business (@BusinessInsider) May 6, 2023
A little more about Camilla’s ex- Husband (who also happens to be close to Princess Anne) ahead of the coronation:
When Was Andrew Parker, Bowles Born?
Andrew Parker Bowles was born in December 1939 to a royally connected family. His parents were friendly with the Queen Mother, and he supposedly served as a page at Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953.
Who is Andrew Parker Bowles?
Andrew Parker Bowles is a Military Man. Andrew attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and served in the military for 34 years, rising to the rank of brigadier. In addition, he received the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery in Zimbabwe.
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When And Where Parker Bowles Met Camilla?
Parker Bowles met Camilla for the first time through his younger brother Simon. Most people remember Andrew Parker Bowles as Camilla’s first Husband. The couple first met in the late 1960s and dated on and off for several years. As Prince Charles’ biographer Sally Bedell Smith wrote in 1973, “Pressure was building on Andrew Parker Bowles to make a commitment.”
According to Andrew’s cousin John Bowes Lyon, Andrew’s father, Derek Parker Bowles, and Camilla’s father, Bruce Shand, he eventually published an engagement announcement in The Times for their children. “His hand publicly forced, Andrew proposed to his girlfriend of nearly seven years,” Smith writes.
Bowes Lyon told Smith, “Camilla was very much in love with [Andrew]. Her parents were very keen that Andrew should marry her.”
When Was Andrew Parker Bowles Married to Camilla?
On July 4, 1973, he married Camilla in a Catholic ceremony at the Guards Chapel in London. It was a high-society affair. The Queen Mother, Princess Anne, and Princess Margaret were all present at the reception, which was held at St. James’s Palace.
Camilla and Andrew had two children, Laura Lopes, and Tom Parker Bowles. Notably, Tom is not just the stepson of Prince Charles but also his godson. Camilla and her ex-husband also have five grandkids, one of whom, Eliza, was a bridesmaid at William and Kate’s wedding in 2011.
Camilla’s grandchildren, it appears, like Prince Charles, particularly his portrayal of Harry Potter.
“Sometimes when we are with my husband in Scotland, he reads them, Harry Potter,” she admitted to the Daily Mail in 2017. “And he does all the voices because he is a brilliant mimic. I’m not very good. I try to do the voices, but acting isn’t my forte. But he sits down, and they all sit with him. I always think they will be wriggling around in bed, but they sit spellbound.”
Parker Bowles Allegedly Had an Affair With Princess Anne
Camilla has feelings for both Prince Charles and Andrew Parker Bowles, according to the third season of The Crown. It also implies that Andrew slept with Camilla and Princess Anne.
Peter Morgan’s account of events may have a grain of truth. According to Smith, Anne, and Andrew had a connection, but because he was Catholic, he wasn’t a good match for Anne.
“Even when their romance eventually wound down, they remained lifelong friends,” says Bedell Smith, noting that they shared many interests, most notably a love of horses. He is also the Godfather of Princess Anne’s Daughter, Zara.
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Andrew Married Rosemary Pitman After His Divorce From Camilla in 1995
In a statement issued in January 1995, the couple announced their divorce, stating that the termination of their marriage was “a private matter.” They did not explain their divorce, saying, “Throughout our marriage, we have always tended to follow rather different interests, but in recent years we have led completely separate lives.”
Andrew married Rosemary Pitman the following year. They were together until Rosemary died of cancer in 2010. Camilla was said to be “deeply saddened” by the news of her death at the time.
Andrew now maintains a low profile. However, he is occasionally seen with the royal family at gatherings. He is frequently photographed conversing with his lifelong buddy, Princess Anne. He also publicly represented Queen Camilla at John Bowes-Lyon’s funeral in October 2022.
According to the Court Circular, this was not the first time Andrew Parker Bowles represented the royals at a burial; he has previously described Princess Anne on at least five occasions.