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THE LONG GOODBYE: CAMILLA WILL GO TO FUNERAL.



Byline: JANE KERR, Royal Reporter

THE Queen has invited Camilla Parker Bowles to attend the Queen Mother's funeral on Tuesday.

The gesture comes after years of Mrs Parker Bowles being frozen out by the Queen Mother, who could never publicly accept her relationship with Prince Charles Noun 1. Prince Charles - the eldest son of Elizabeth II and heir to the English throne (born in 1948)
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The two important figures in Charles's life had not met for many years.

However the invitation to the funeral recognises Camilla's relationship with the Queen Mum during the years of her marriage to Andrew Parker Bowles Brigadier Andrew Henry Parker Bowles OBE, (born December 27,1939) is a retired English military officer. He is best known as the former husband of HRH The Duchess of Cornwall (who is known as the Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland), wife of HRH The Prince of Wales. , the Queen's Silver Stick-in-Waiting. He was the Queen Mother's godson god·son  
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A male godchild.


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a male godchild

Noun 1. godson - a male godchild
godchild - an infant who is sponsored by an adult (the godparent) at baptism
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Rather than accompany Prince Charles, Camilla will go to the Westminster Abbey Westminster Abbey, originally the abbey church of a Benedictine monastery (closed in 1539) in London. One of England's most important Gothic structures, it is also a national shrine. The first church on the site is believed to date from early in the 7th cent.  funeral with her sister Annabel Elliot.

Camilla's former husband, Andrew Parker Bowles, who has since remarried, has also been invited and will go separately. Buckingham Palace will announce the invitation today. A senior royal aide said he understood that Mrs Parker Bowles was "pleased" by the Queen's gesture.

The Queen's refusal for many years to meet Camilla meant Charles would not put his grandmother in the position of going against his mother's wishes.

He was also painfully aware of the Queen Mother's fierce disapproval of his separation and divorce from Diana. The Queen Mother believed royal duty should be put above personal happiness.

However, she did allow the prince and his companion to use her Scottish residence, Birkhall, on the Balmoral estate.

Only in the last month did the Queen's attitude soften, when she attended a concert hosted by the couple, her first meeting with Camilla in two years.

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Date:Apr 6, 2002
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