Here’s Why Prince Charles & Camilla Parker Bowles Were Forbidden From Singing at Westminster Abbey Service

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Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, recently attended a service at Westminster Abbey. If you’re wondering why the royal couple didn’t participate in the ceremony, you should know there’s a reason for their supposed lack of enthusiasm.

It all started earlier this week when the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall attended the Centenary Service for the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior. Prince Charles and Bowles were noticeably quiet throughout the event, particularly during the hymns and the British national anthem, “God Save the Queen.”

According to Hello! magazine, Westminster Abbey was following strict social distancing protocol. Not only were masks mandatory, but the staff also discouraged attendees from singing. The only people who were allowed to participate were choir members, who were standing at a safe six-foot distance from each other. Not sure why Charles and Camilla couldn’t quietly sing to themselves (or maybe that’s what they did), but OK…

The outing came just a few days after the royal family stepped out for a private ceremony at Westminster Abbey in honor of the 100th anniversary of the burial of the Unknown Warrior. Since the appearance was ahead of Remembrance Day, several members were spotted wearing red poppy brooches on their lapel. (The artificial flower symbolizes those who have died at war.)

Some royals—like Queen Elizabeth and Kate Middleton—were seen wearing multiple poppy brooches. While Middleton’s display reportedly represented fallen ancestors, the queen’s is believed to represent each branch of the military: the Army, the Navy, the Royal Air Force, the Civil Defence and women.

It all makes sense now. Kinda.

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