The coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla at Westminster Abbey has brought back memories of their royal wedding for the Prince and Princess of Wales. The wedding was a grand affair, with around 1,900 guests attending the religious ceremony and 600 people invited to a luncheon at Buckingham Palace, hosted by the Queen. Over a decade later, Prince William and Princess Kate arrived at the coronation in their royal robes and were joined by one of their bridesmaids, Eliza Lopes, who was just three years old when she took on the role of a flower girl at their wedding.
The Bridal Party
Eliza Lopes is the granddaughter of Queen Camilla and her ex-husband Andrew Parker Bowles. She was seen being picked up by her step-grandfather, then-Prince Charles, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to see the huge crowds. Other members of the bridal party included Lady Louise Windsor, Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones, Grace van Cutsem, William Lowther-Pinkerton, and Tom Pettifer.
The Pages of Honour
During the coronation service, the Queen Consort had four Pages of Honour who performed roles alongside the Ladies in Attendance. The schoolboys were her three grandsons, twin boys Gus and Louis, aged 13, by her daughter Laura Lopes, and 13-year-old Frederick, by son Tom Parker Bowles, and her great-nephew, Arthur Elliot, ten, Mrs Elliot’s grandson.
Camilla’s daughter, Laura, and her family keep a low profile, but it is clear that she enjoys a good relationship with Prince William and Kate. The Queen Consort also spoke about her regular communications with her grandchildren, saying that receiving a text from them is very nice. According to Camilla, being a grandma is “very nice because you haven’t got the full responsibility. You can give them a wonderful time, spoil them, give them all the things their parents won’t allow, then give them back again.”