QUEEN AND PHILIP ONLY SENIOR ROYALS NOT TO ATTEND NUPTIALS! Click here for more coverage on the wedding
24 MARCH 2005
Queen Elizabeth and her husband
will be the only senior royals not to attend the wedding of their eldest son after it was confirmed on Wednesday that all Charles' siblings will be present.
The Clarence House announcement revealed that all the monarch's other children, as well as the spouses of Princess Anne and Prince Edward, will be at the civil ceremony in Windsor Guildhall on April 8.
Initially Charles and Camilla's desire for a low-key ceremony had been cited as the reason for the Queen's non-attendance, but the participation of all the other senior members of the royal family has made this excuse seem a little thin. The British monarch's role as Supreme Governor of the Church of England also made her involvement in the actual wedding ceremony difficult, however.
Royal aides had apparently not expected Anne, Andrew and Edward to attend the register office ceremony. Commenting on the news that they would be there after all a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: "It hasn't really changed the position. The Queen made her decision some weeks ago and obviously other members of the family, after consulting their diaries, had decided that they were going. It's up to them to make their decision."
The Queen and Prince Philip will join the other guests for the blessing at St George's Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle where they will host a reception for the newlyweds.