You don’t really expect a mother to get along with her son’s mistress, right? So, it’s no wonder the relationship between Queen Elizabeth II and Camilla, Prince Charles’ mistress, was quite viable over the many years the two have known each other. Here’s what the Queen once thought about Camilla, how her opinion changed, and what she thinks about her now.
When Camilla was younger, she had a close relationship with the Queen
Queen Elizabeth had known Camilla long before her affair with Prince Charles began. In fact, Prince Charles had known her for many years, too. Namely, Queen Elizabeth I, the Queen’s mother, was the godmother of Camilla’s first husband, Andrew Parker Bowles. At that time, the Queen was quite fond of Camilla. And back then, no one suspected what was going to happen between them in the future.
The Queen was furious when she found out about their affair
When it was revealed that Prince Charles was having an affair with Camilla, the Queen was infuriated and utterly disappointed. She was angry both with her son and Camilla. She did like and respect her before that, but when she learned that she was sneaking around with the Prince, the Queen lost all her respect and could not forgive her mindless behaviour. Plus, Queen Elizabeth was very fond of Princess Diana, who was, of course, highly upset when she found out about her husband’s affair. Naturally, the Queen didn’t defend her son, either, as he had a wife and reputation to think of, so he acted completely irresponsibly.
Camilla was banned from the castle and its premises
The Queen was so mad that she banned Camilla from the castle as she said that “that woman does not cross the threshold,” according to The Daily Mail. And it was the best decision to make, given that Prince Charles and Princess Diana were still married. However, some sources revealed that the Prince did invite her over to the castle when the Queen was not there, violating her orders. He said that “When the cat’s away, the mice will play.”
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip didn’t come to Prince Charles’ 50th birthday
When William and Harry threw a party for Prince Charles’ 50th birthday, they invited him and Camilla, which was, as many suspect, the main reason why the Queen herself did not show up. The party was held a little bit more than a year after Princess Diana’s death.
After many years, the Queen gave them permission to marry
Seven tears after the birthday party scandal (in 2005), Prince Charles and Camilla got married. Even though she eventually gave her blessing, the Queen didn’t come to the civil ceremony. According to the Buckingham Palace statement, the Queen did not attend the ceremony because the couple wanted to keep it low key, however, that might not be the true. In fact, many believe that this was the Queen’s way to show how she really feels about that marriage. But she did hold the reception afterwards.
The Queen asked Camilla to be her carriage companion
After many years, it seemed that the Queen began to like Camilla again when she made her a part of the Diamond Jubilee celebration in 2012. People around the world were quite taken aback after this event. Namely, Prince Philip was sick so he couldn’t attend the celebration himself, so the Queen took the opportunity to invite Camilla to sit next to her in the carriage instead of her husband. The procession was organized to celebrate the 60 years of the Queens reign. So, it took seven years of Prince Charles and Camilla’s marriage for the Queen to like her again after such a huge disappointment.
Finally, Camilla was given one of the highest honours
In 2016, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 90th birthday, which brought quite a few surprises. One of the main surprises was, without a doubt, Camilla being elevated to the highest advisory body – Privy Council. She did that to prepare the public for the rulers to come after her death – Prince Charles and Camilla. It is yet to be determined whether she will be called Queen Camilla, but one thing’s for sure – the two of them managed to patch things up and overcome their royal feud after all.