Queen in invite to Camilla.Byline: BILLY PATERSON
PRINCE CHARLES' lover Camilla Parker Bowles will join heads of state and royalty from around the globe at the Queen Mother's funeral.
In what has been described as "a remarkable gesture of reconciliation", the Queen has personally invited her.
Buckingham Palace last night confirmed the Prince of Wales' long-term partner will be at Westminster Abbey on Tuesday.
A Palace spokeswoman said: "Mrs Parker Bowles knew the Queen Mother well over the years and it is therefore appropriate she should come."
It is unlikely Camilla, 54, will sit with the Prince, who is taking part in the funeral procession.
Royal sources said her presence would be a comfort to Charles as he bids farewell to his beloved grandmother.
One royal watcher said: "The Queen Mother was a friend, confidante con·fi·dante
1. A woman to whom secrets or private matters are disclosed.
2. A woman character in a drama or fiction, such as a trusted friend or servant, who serves as a device for revealing the inner thoughts or intentions and great support to the Prince of Wales Prince of Wales
switches places with his double, poor boy Tom Canty. [Am. Lit.: The Prince and the Pauper]
See : Doubles . It would be unthinkable that the woman the Prince loves should not be close at hand at the funeral.
"Camilla being at his grandmother's funeral is very important to Charles."
The Prince of Wales and his companion attended their first official engagement together in June, 2000 at a Prince's Foundation event.
Two weeks ago, the divorcee di·vor·cée
A divorced woman.
[French, feminine past participle of divorcer, to divorce, from Old French, from divorce, divorce; see divorce. attended a recital at Buckingham Palace. Other mourners at the funeral will include Prime Minister Tony Blair and Scotland's First Minister Jack McConnell.
US President George W. Bush will not be there, but wife Laura will attend as his representative.
Twenty-five foreign royals are also expected to attend.
Among them will be King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain, Prince Albert of Monaco, King Michael and Queen Anne of Romania Queen Anne of Romania, (born Princess Anne Antoinette Françoise Charlotte of Bourbon-Parma on September 18, 1923), is the wife of the former King Michael I of Romania. , King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece and Princess Muna of Jordan.
Also present will be Australian Prime Minister John Howard, New Zealand premier Helen Clark and Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien.