Prince Charles, 70, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, 71, tied the knot during a civil ceremony at Windsor Guildhall on April 9 2005. Following the nuptials, the bride and groom travelled to Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel for a religious blessing. As is well documented, it was not the first wedding for either of the royals – with Camilla having wed Andrew Parker Bowles in 1973, before they divorced in 1995. Prince Charles proposed to Lady Diana Spencer in 1977, and the couple, who had a 13 year age gap, married at St Paul’s Cathedral just months later, on July 29.
However, it seems that their relationship was not meant to be, with the pair formally separating in 1992 and divorcing in 1996. Tragically, Princess Diana died the following year in a car crash in Paris.
Having taken a closer look at photographs from both of his wedding days, body language expert Judi James has shared her analysis.
She exclusively told Express.co.uk: “It would be too simplistic to expect Charles have been displaying open signals of regret or self-pity as he married his ‘duty’ bride at his first wedding under the watchful eye of his mistress sitting in the pews and relief and open delight at his second, when he finally went down the ‘selfish’ route and finally got hitched the woman he loved.
“Charles is a very complex man and his body language reflects that. He doesn’t shed the non-verbal signs of self-pity easily, meaning those steepled brows and puppy dog eye-expressions were more visible during his second wedding than his first where – in between odd moments of barely-concealed angst – he looked like a man bathing in the waves of adoration from the public that he inherited by proxy as the groom of Diana.”
The wedding of Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales
In a capture of Princess Diana and Prince Charles leaving the church, Judi spotted the Prince of Wales displaying a “congruent pose” – and she went on to suggest the royal had “transformed from a slightly crusty bachelor to a dashing young prince with his Disney princess on his arm.”
She added: “This nouveau-popularity led to perfectly convincingly romantic-looking poses like this, where Charles stands with his chest puffed, wearing a confident, dashing smile.”
Analysing another snap of the newlyweds, the body language expert continued: “Charles used a considerable amount of eye contact on Diana and this pose suggests some admiration although the slightly bashful smile also hints at a growing realisation that she was the real centre of attention by now.”
In another capture, the duo could be seen travelling by horse and carriage, and it is here where Judi spotted “traits of pleasure” as he gazed upon his new wife.
“Charles’s smile had become slightly more fixed and rigid here although there are some genuine looking traits of pleasure as he looks in Diana’s direction,” she told Express.co.uk.
The wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
But what about when Camilla and Prince Charles tied the knot? According to Judi, the royal seemed to be both “bashful” and “happy”.
A capture of the bride and groom leaving the civil service shows them smiling as they walk arm in arm.
But, Judi said of Prince Charles: “This facial expression is signature Charles: overall cheery but also slightly bewildered by all the fuss plus a core look of self-pity.
“The steepled brows and the closed lips define the self-pity but the slightly raised cheeks around the nose area hint at some happiness too.”
Another shot of the couple walking away from the cameras saw Prince Charles display a “sideways grin”.
And, Judi said that this suggests “more congruent pleasure and warmth with the mouth pulled higher at the sides and a small display of teeth. But his signals of pleasure still look bashful, as though aware that looking too smug might offend Diana fans and even his own family.”
Later, the world’s media captured the moment that the newlyweds left the blessing, with the Prince pointing into the distance in one snap.
“This ‘pointless point’ gesture is classic Charles and a signature look for his parents, too. William has also just inherited it.
“It helps them look engaged in conversations when appearing in public. There is little eye contact with Camilla and he appears to be holding a conversation with her out of the side of his mouth.
“The couple do this a lot, which might be a result of the history of their relationship.”