Andrew Parker Bowles, the ex-husband of Queen Camilla, has taken on new royal responsibilities. He officially represented the Queen Consort at John Bowes-burial Lyon's last week. Parker Bowles and Bowes-Lyon were distant relatives of Queen Elizabeth. His buddies claim that this could be "the first engagement of many," according to the Daily Mail.
On October 18, the Court Circular, which is a list of royal commitments, was published "The Earl of Rosslyn attended Mr. John Bowes-funeral, Lyon's which took place this afternoon at the Oratory on Brompton Road in London SW7, on behalf of the King. Brigadier Andrew Parker Bowles acted as the Queen Consort's representative."
Andrew Parker Bowles has actually attended funerals on behalf of the royal family before, but this is the first time he has substituted for Queen Camilla. According to the Court Circular, he has previously represented Princess Anne at least five times.
There have long been allegations of a love relationship between Parker Bowles and Princess Anne. According to King Charles biographer Sally Bedell Smith, "even after their romance inevitably ended, they remained lifelong friends." He is the godfather of Anne's daughter Zara Tindall, and the two have been shown together a lot throughout the years.
Throughout the years, Camilla and Andrew have also stayed friends. Laura Lopes and Tom Parker Bowles are their two children; they were married in 1973. Following their 1995 divorce, Camilla wed the then-Prince Charles in 2005, and Andrew wed Rosemary Pitman the following year. Rosemary and he were wed till her passing in 2010.