Camilla’s ex-husband has been handed a new Royal role – attending a funeral on behalf of the Queen Consort.
Brigadier Andrew Parker Bowles, 82, represented his ex-wife at the funeral of John Bowes-Lyon – second cousin of the late Queen Elizabeth II – at Brompton Oratory in Knightsbridge, London.
The move was revealed in the Court Circular, the official record of royal engagements.
It said: “The King was represented by the Earl of Rosslyn at the Funeral of Mr John Bowes-Lyon.
It added: “The Queen Consort was represented by Brigadier Andrew Parker Bowles.”
Parker Bowles was married to Camilla, 75, for more than 20 years.
Mr Bowes-Lyon, whose funeral was on Tuesday, died last month at the age of 80.
Parker Bowles stepped in on behalf of the Queen Consort as she and King Charles III visited Project Zero Walthamstow – an east London organisation that works to engage young people in positive activities to reduce anti-social behaviour and offending – while promoting social inclusion and strengthening community cohesion.
King Charles, 73, and Camilla appeared in high spirits as they were greeted by dozens of schoolchildren who waved Union Jack flags.
Meanwhile, at the Oratory, representing the Queen Consort meant Parker Bowles was given a prominent pew at Mr Bowes-Lyon’s funeral.
And friends claim the Royal engagement could be the first of many.
A source told MailOnline: “Andrew is happy to do anything he is asked. He still enjoys a warm relationship with Camilla.”
Parker Bowles, a retired British Army officer, and Camilla, nee Shand, had an on-off relationship before marrying in 1973. They had two children together – Tom and Laura – before separating in the 1980s and officially divorcing in 1995.
Camilla married Prince Charles in a civil ceremony at Windsor Guildhall, in April 2005. Parker Bowles wed Rosemary Pitman in 1996. She passed away in 2010 – having suffered with cancer for several years.
Parker Bowles and Mr Bowes-Lyon were cousins. Mr Bowes-Lyon was the son of Major General Sir Frances Bowes-Lyon, a first cousin of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother.
Sir Frances was a descendant of the 13th Earl of Strathmore and became a Gentleman Usher to the Royal Household.
Announcing Mr Bowes-Lyon’s death in The Telegraph four weeks ago, his family said: “John Francis died peacefully on 18th September 2022. Much loved brother of Fiona and David. Funeral and Thanksgiving Service at The Brompton Oratory on 18 October at 2.30pm. Family flowers only.”
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