Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla’s wedding anniversary tinged with heartbreak forever

Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall Attend the Service of Prayer and Dedication
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Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla’s wedding anniversary will forever be tinged with heartbreak as the Royal Family prepare for a difficult day.

The Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall’s 17th wedding anniversary is fast approaching on April 9th, but the day will now be an emotional occasion in more ways than one. As senior members of The Firm (opens in new tab), the couple have previously released sweet snaps taken throughout their marriage to mark the day they tied the knot back in 2005. The most recent of these to be shared by Clarence House featured Charles and Camilla at their Scottish home, Birkhall, alongside the Duchess' dogs in 2020.

But whilst this date no doubt still holds precious memories for the future King and Queen Consort (opens in new tab), it's now also the anniversary of a family tragedy.

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, with their children (L-R) Prince Harry, Prince William, Laura Parker Bowles and Tom Parker Bowles

On the very same day last year Prince Philip died (opens in new tab) at Windsor Castle, leaving his family devastated and changing the monarchy as we know it. As the royal first in the line of succession (opens in new tab), Charles has been observed taking an even greater role in supporting the Queen ever since.

Reports have even claimed that Philip had “emotional bedside conversations” (opens in new tab) with his eldest child before his death, in which he supposedly spoke to Charles about looking after his mother. 

Whilst the Prince of Wales and Duchess Camilla have undertaken a huge number of engagements and set off for royal tours both abroad and within the UK in recent months.

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The first anniversary of his death will likely be an incredibly difficult and emotional day for the royals, including Charles and Camilla. The couple recently paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh at a service of thanksgiving, along with many of his and the Queen’s great-grandchildren (opens in new tab) and grandchildren.

Prince Philip's loss will likely mean Prince Charles and Camilla's wedding anniversary will forever be tinged with heartbreak. He and the Queen attended a Service of Prayer and Dedication for the newlyweds back in 2005 and held a reception for the couple in Windsor Castle after. 

It’s not yet known how the Royal Family might commemorate the now-poignant day this year. Though it’s possible that they could share a special personal photograph in memory of Philip. 

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In April last year the Clarence House Twitter account shared a heartwrenching video of the Prince of Wales paying tribute to his late father. 

He said, “As you can imagine, my family and I miss my father enormously. He was a much loved and appreciated figure. And apart from anything else, I can imagine, he would be so deeply touched by the number of other people here and elsewhere around the world and the Commonwealth who also, I think, share our loss and our sorrow.”

“My dear Papa was a very special person who I think above all else would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that have been said about him,” he emotionally declared. “And from that point of view, we are, my family, deeply grateful for all that.”