Royal author Penny Junor’s book The Untold Story lifts the lid on the bride-to-be’s jitters on the day, with Camilla’s sister Annabel Elliot even threatening to wear the wedding dress for her if she refused to get out of bed.
However, the late monarch’s kind words after the ceremony soon soothed any fears Camilla had of not being welcomed into the family.
The Queen said: “They have overcome Becher’s Brook and The Chair [referencing the Grand National fences at Aintree racecourse] and all kinds of other terrible obstacles. They have come through and I’m very proud and wish them well. My son is home and dry with the woman he loves.”
Charles’s sons Princes William and Harry also gave their blessing, saying they were “100 per cent” behind the couple and wished them “all the luck in the world”.
Camilla had been ill in the week leading up to her wedding, with Lucia Santa Cruz, the woman who first introduced her to Charles, fearing that she would not be able to attend.
Lucia said she had brought Camilla chicken soup and hoped it would cure her, however she was still not in the best state when the day dawned on April 9.
Camilla had four people in her bedroom, including her sister Annabel and daughter Laura, trying to help her get ready and persuade her to leave her bed.
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Her sister Annabel even said: “OK, that’s all right. I’m going to do it for you. I’m going to get into your clothes.”
But Camilla did make it up the aisle eventually and was finally married to the man of her dreams, whom she now serves alongside as Queen.
The couple were married in a civil ceremony at Windsor Guildhall, followed by a Church of England Service of Prayer and Dedication at St George’s Chapel.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip did not attend the civil ceremony, as in her position as Head of the Church of England she felt attending the marriage of two divorced people was against those values.
The Telegraph reported the week before that she had told one of her friends: “I am not able to go. I do not feel that my position permits it.”
However, both she and Philip came to the service at St George’s Chapel and held a reception for the newlyweds at Windsor Castle afterwards.
A number of other royals were in attendance, including Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward and their respective families.
Camilla’s two children Tom Parker-Bowles and Laura Lopes were there, as well as her father Bruce Shand, her sister Annabel Elliot and her family and her brother Mark Shand.