A Dark Cloud: Prince Philip Died On Prince Charles & Camilla's 16th Wedding Anniversary
April 9 will now be a day of mixed emotions for Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. Though it now marks the death of Charles' beloved father, Prince Philip, it's also the anniversary of his and Camilla's 2005 wedding.
The couple didn't publicly celebrate the occasion, and instead reposted the royal family's tribute to the late Duke of Edinburgh, who was 99.
"It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh," the Instagram caption read, which was accompanied by a black-and-white photo of the patriarch.
"His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle," the statement continued. "The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss."
Despite having a good relationship, Queen Elizabeth II and Philip didn't attend Charles' second wedding.
Since both Charles and Camilla had been divorced before, they didn't have a church ceremony when they tied the knot at Windsor Castle on April 9, 2005, opting for a civil ceremony instead.
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Some presumed the Queen skipped the nuptials due to the controversy surrounding the couple (it was rumored that they had an affair while Charles was still married to Princess Diana), but a source insisted that wasn't the case.
According to The Telegraph, journalist Andrew Alderson revealed she had other obligations at the time.
"The Queen has let it be known that the reason she will not be attending the wedding of the Prince of Wales is because she is putting her duties as the head of the Church of England before family feelings," he stated.
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However, the matriarch is now putting her duties on hold for eight days to mourn the loss of Philip. During this time, the country will also be in mourning for 10 days, while the royal household will have a 30 day period for grieving.