| Queen: Duty first
London, April 3: The Queen has let it be known that the reason she will not be attending the wedding of the Prince of Wales is because she is putting her duties as the head of the Church of England before family feelings.
She has told a friend that she feels it incompatible with her role as supreme governor of the Church to attend a civil marriage ceremony, particularly one involving the heir to the throne. She does not want to set a precedent that could damage the Church.
'I am not able to go. I do not feel that my position (as supreme governor of the Church) permits it,' the Queen told her friend.
Until now, it has been unclear why the Queen declined to attend the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles in Windsor on Friday.
It has been widely reported that the Queen would boycott the ceremony in the Guildhall because she did not want to attend a humiliating 'town hall' service, but the real reason can now be revealed.
The Queen's friend said that Her Majesty had been disappointed that her decision not to attend the wedding had been portrayed as a 'snub' to the couple when this is not the case. 'The Queen feels she has to put her role with the Church before her role as a mother,' said the friend.
Prince Charles's marriage plans face new controversy as the British government announced Camilla would become Princess of Wales, the title once held by Princess Diana, adds PTI.