Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are today marking their 8th Wedding Anniversary privately.
The two married in 2005 at a civil ceremony in Windsor. The Queen famously didn’t attend the service as she is the Head of the Church of England and her attendance at what was considered the marriage of divorced persons, though she attended a reception afterwards to celebrate.
The wedding took place at the Windsor Guildhall at 12.30 9 April 2005. Crowds had gathered on the streets since dawn ahead of the service. A civil ceremony was planned because of controversy within the Church of England regarding the remarriage of divorcees. It should be noted that there would have been no impediment to Charles re-marrying in the Church of England to a non-divorcee since his ex-wife’s death back in 1997 had made him a widower according to Church law. The problem was that his bride’s ex-husband was still alive.
After the wedding, Camilla adopted the title of ‘Duchess of Cornwall’ instead of Princess of Wales to avoid comparison or upsetting the memory of the late Diana, Princess of Wales.
It is noted that when Prince Charles becomes King, Camilla will become Princess Consort and not Queen Consort.
The 8th wedding anniversary is traditionally the ‘salt wedding anniversary’.
Gift website ‘Gift Genies‘ lists appropriate gifts including executive salt and pepper shakers and salted chocolate caramels.