Andrew Parker Bowles Supports Ex-wife Queen Camilla at Her and King Charles III's Coronation

We've got the tea on why Queen Camilla's ex Andrew Parker Bowles turned up to watch his former bride and her husband King Charles III officially be crowned as Britain's new monarchs.

By Sarah Grossbart May 06, 2023 10:36 AMTags
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Dare we call Queen Camilla the, uh, queen of conscious uncoupling? Because among the 2,200 at her and husband King Charles III's May 6 coronation at London's Westminster Abbey was her former spouse, Andrew Parker Bowles

The pair—who were wed from 1973 to 1995 and share son Tom Parker Bowles and Laura Lopes—have remained close in the decades since their split paved the way for Camilla, 75, to reunite with the future monarch, 74. The retired British army officer (who also briefly dated Charles' sister Princess Anne) even attended Charles and Camilla's 2005 wedding with wife Rosemary Parker Bowles

"Everybody loves Andrew. He's a real charmer," Camilla's friend, the Marchioness of Lansdowne, recently told The Times of the former spouses' close relationship. "Andrew will ring her up and tell her when she's got something wrong and she'll ring him up and say when he's misbehaving. Through adversity, they've kept a really good family ethic. It helps with their children and grandchildren."

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In fact, the exes' teenage grandsons (they also share two granddaughters) scored a major role in the coronation. Master Gus and Master Louis Lopes and Master Freddy Parker Bowles joined Camilla's great-nephew Master Arthur Elliot as her pages of honor, tasked with carrying the train of the newly crowned queen's robes. 

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Keep reading to see every other notable name who turned up at the May 6 event. 

Prince William & Kate Middleton, Princess of Wales
Prince George
Princess Charlotte
Prince Louis
Prince Harry
Princess Anne
Prince Edward
Princess Eugenie & Jack Brooksbank
Princess Beatrice & Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
Prince Andrew
His Majesty Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah of Malaysia & Her Majesty Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah of Malaysia
Former Prime Minister of UK David Cameron & Samantha Cameron,
Crown Prince Haakon of Norway & Crown Princess Mette-Maritof of Norway
Former Prime Minister of UK Tony Blair & Cherie Blair
James & Pippa Middleton
Andrew & Rosemary Parker Bowles
Carole Middleton
Lady Louise Windsor
Princess Lalla Meryem of Morocco
Former Prime Minister of UK Lis Truss & Hugh O'Leary
Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece & Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece
King Vajiralongkorn of Thailand & Queen Suthida of Thailand
French President Emmanuel Macron & Brigitte Macron
Crown Prince Fumihito of Japan & Crown Princess Kiko of Japan
Sophie, Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein & Alois, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein
Mike Tindall & Zara Tindall
Prince Albert II of Monaco & Princess Charlene of Monaco
Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg & Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg
King Felipe VI of Spain & Queen Letizia of Spain
Princess Anne
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