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Queen meets Camilla as relationship thaws.

THE Queen met Camilla Parker Bowles, the Prince of Wales's long-time love, at lunchtime yesterday, Buckingham Palace confirmed last night.

The meeting, at a birthday party for exiled Greek King Constantine, is seen as a significant thawing in the Queen's attitude to her son and heir's relationship with divorcee Mrs Parker Bowles.

Some 100 guests attended the 60th birthday barbecue at Highgrove, the Prince's country residence near Tetbury, Gloucestershire.

It is understood that the Queen knew Mrs Parker Bowles, 52, would be among the guests when she decided to attend.

Prince William, who is 18 later this month, and his 15-year-old brother Prince Harry were also present during their half-term break from Eton.

A Palace spokesman said: 'The Queen attended a birthday party for King Constantine given by the Prince of Wales at Highgrove this lunchtime and Mrs Parker Bowles was among the guests.'

It is understood that the two women met during the party also attended by King Harald of Norway and Queen Margrethe of Denmark.

The Queen has known Mrs Parker Bowles for many years, before and after her failed marriage to Andrew Parker Bowles, but has rarely met her in public or private. Yesterday's meeting, although significant, is not thought to herald any further change in Royal attitudes.

The Prince of Wales, 51, has already said that he has no intention of remarrying.

The meeting does, however, beg the as yet unanswered question whether Mrs Parker Bowles will now attend other private or family gatherings, like the Queen Mother's 100th birthday party this summer.

Both the Prince and Mrs Parker Bowles have known King Constantine for many years and it was perhaps appropriate that his birthday party should be the occasion for mutual friends, including the Queen, to gather.
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