When Prince Charles and Camilla married 15 years ago, they made the unusual decision to ban wedding gifts.
It has been alleged that this “ rule ” was imposed because of the overwhelming number of unwanted gifts the prince received after his marriage to Princess Diana in 1981.
Among the items the couple received was a pair of pink and blue toothbrushes.
And they would have had no choice but to burn or give away some of the weirdest gifts.
Diana’s former butler, Paul Burrell, had previously revealed how some of the wedding gifts were delivered to royal servants.
So before Charles’ marriage on April 9, 2005 to a Camilla Parker Bowles of the day, he was anxious not to face the same conundrum.
He ensured that a strict message was displayed on the invitations: “Wedding list: there will be no wedding list”.
Cameras and telephones were also prohibited.
Among the 800 guests were actress Absolutely Fabulous Joanna Lumley, romantic novelist Jilly Cooper, actors Timothy West and Richard E Grant, presenter Jonathan Dimbleby and Jacob Rees-Mogg’s father William.
However, guest and beloved comic strip Joan Rivers – never the rebel – insisted that she send a wedding gift … sexy underwear to Camilla.
She joked that it was either that, or a trendy grill with a fries pan accessory.
The American actress said that Camilla “laughed” when she said she wanted to throw him a shower of lingerie.
She said at the time, “She thought it was hilarious and said,” Well, send things “.”
Joan, who met the couple at charity events, also admitted that she liked Camilla very much.
She revealed in 2005: “She is a very earthy and funny woman – you can swear to her.”
Joan, who died in 2014 at 81, added: “The British will love him once they get to know him.”
Meanwhile, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall’s civil ceremony was held at Windsor Guildhall at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday April 9, and was followed by an official blessing and wedding reception at Windsor Castle.
Camilla almost didn’t attend the reception after she almost passed out after the service.
Buckingham Palace had previously announced that the Queen and Prince Philip would not attend the ceremony, but would attend the church blessing and organize the reception afterwards.
The reason invoked by the palace was that the couple wanted to keep the occasion discreet.
The couple spent their honeymoon in their beloved Birkhall refuge, which is nestled in a picturesque valley on the Queen’s private estate.
After tying the knot, the Duchess admitted to the Mirror: “At one point, I didn’t think we were going to succeed. It was a wonderful day. “
Although proud Charles said, “I’m so lucky – it’s very special.”
The couple are celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary today and marking the occasion with a touching new self-portrait at Birkhall, holding Camilla’s beloved companion dogs.
Charles and Camilla were reunited Monday after the 72-year-old Duchess came out of a 14-day isolation on the Balmoral estate in Aberdeenshire.
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The photo taken Wednesday morning – the day before their birthday – shows the smiling prince and duchess sitting side by side on the porch of their Scottish retreat, with Jack Russell terriers Bluebell and Beth.
It is the first time that the couple, known as the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland, have been photographed together since the announcement of Covid-19 disease.
Camilla, dressed in blue jeans, a pink open-necked shirt, a pale blue sweater and navy blue suede boots, holds Bluebell on her lap, while the prince, in a blue open-necked shirt, navy blue jacket, olive green pants and fawn suede moccasins, has a seemingly alert Beth in her arms.
The two dogs were rescued by Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, of which Camilla is the royal patron.
The Duchess has written about Beth and Bluebell in the past: “They are family members, loyal friends and companions and, like any other dog enthusiast, I cannot imagine life without them.”
The prince has a cast in one of his middle fingers, but Clarence House declined to comment on why. The photo was taken by a staff member.
All private celebrations for their decade-and-a-half marriage – their crystal anniversary – will be discreet because the couple distance themselves socially from their friends and family like the rest of the country.