Camilla’s Cinderella moment: Queen Consort reveals she accidentally put on odd shoes on the morning of her wedding to King Charles – prompting Her late Majesty to laugh
- Camilla, 75, paid tribute to Her Majesty this evening during a BBC programme
- The tribute was aired just ahead of the national minute’s silence for the Queen
- During the segment, the Queen Consort shared a funny story from her wedding
- She revealed that she put on odd shoes, prompting the late monarch to laugh
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The Queen Consort has revealed an amusing anecdote from the day she married King Charles – revealing Her Majesty’s sense of humour.
Speaking on a televised tribute to the late monarch, Camilla, 75, who wed Charles, 73, in 2005, described how the Queen saw the funny side of a shoe mishap on the big day on April 9 that year.
Camilla revealed that due to nerves, she donned odd shoes on the morning of her wedding.
Because the shoes had different height heels, she ended up hobbling as she walked to the car, prompting laughter from the monarch.
Queen Consort Camilla (centre) pictured at her wedding to King Charles (left) has shared an anecdote from the day that reveals the late monarch’s (right) sense of humour
Camilla (pictured during tonight’s televised tribute to Queen Elizabeth), says the late royal had a ‘good sense of humour’
The Queen Consort explained: ‘I remember coming from here, Clarence House, (to) go to Windsor the day I got married when I probably wasn’t firing on all cylinders, quite nervous and, for some unknown reason, I put on a pair of shoes and one had an inch heel and one had a two-inch heel.
‘So, I mean talk about hop-a-long and there’s nothing I could do.
‘I was halfway down in the car before I realised and you know, she – she could see and laughed about it and said, “look I’m terribly sorry” and she did, you know, she had a good sense of humour.’
Luckily, Camilla managed to rectify her mishap and wore a pair of matching beige heels from L.K Bennett for her dialed-down wedding day look.
Concluding her tribute on the segment, Camilla spoke about the late monarch’s smile.
She said: ‘She’s got those wonderful blue eyes that when she smiles, you know, they light up her whole face. I’ll always remember that smile, you know, that smile is unforgettable.’
Camilla became Queen Consort upon the death of Queen Elizabeth, who died peacefully at Balmoral on September 8, aged 96.
Writing in the Times today, Julian Payne, who was communications secretary to Charles and Camilla between 2016 and 2021, said she never ‘actively campaigned’ for the title, thinking that it would happen ‘if it was meant to be’.
Camilla (left) pictured with Prince Charles (centre) and Queen Elizabeth (right) at the Platinum Jubilee in June, paid a touching tribute to Her Majesty
The Queen Consort also spoke about the late Queen’s ‘wonderful blue eyes’, and described her smile as ‘unforgettable’
He added: ‘Despite the many people who have stated over the years that “Project Queen Camilla” was a long-held goal within the household, I can assure you there was never any great masterplan to do this.
‘Certainly, whenever you mentioned the topic with the Queen Consort herself, she merely stared at you sphinx-like, giving you no real sense of what she thought about the topic.
‘She certainly never instructed me to do anything to advance the argument and neither did the King. Much like her wider work, I think she simply felt if it was meant to be it would happen, but it was never a role that she actively campaigned for.’
King Charles confirmed she would be adopting the new title during his first address to the nation, which he made on September 9.
In it, he paid tribute to his ‘darling’ wife Camilla and her ‘loyal public service’ – as well as confirming her title of Queen Consort.
King Charles (left) and Queen Consort Camilla (right), pictured a day after the death of Queen Elizabeth
During the emotional address, which was broadcast from Buckingham Palace, the King said he will be counting on ‘the loving help of [his] darling wife, Camilla’.
In the speech that was screened at a service of prayer and reflection at St Paul’s Cathedral, he spoke of the ‘time of change’ for his family, adding: ‘I count on the loving help of my darling wife, Camilla.
‘In recognition of her own loyal public service since our marriage 17 years ago, she becomes my Queen Consort.
‘I know she will bring to the demands of her new role the steadfast devotion to duty on which I have come to rely so much.’
Camilla’s tribute to her mother-in-law was aired this evening – the eve of the Queen’s state funeral – on the BBC, shortly before the national minute’s silence at 8pm.
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