Duchess Camilla is known to be committed to her health and fitness, always wearing a Fitbit to keep her accountable, but on the day of her wedding to Prince Charles, she was feeling so unwell, she almost didn't make her nuptials.
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According to Vanity Fair, Duchess Camilla was suffering with a serious bout of sinusitis on the day of her wedding in April 2005, which left her friends worried she wouldn’t be well enough to walk down the aisle.
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Lucia Santa Cruz, the woman who introduced the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles and Camilla to each other said: "She was really ill, stressed.
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"She literally couldn’t get out of bed."
Sinusitis is a sinus infection, which causes swelling, resulting in pain, swelling and tenderness around the cheeks, eyes or forehead – not what you want in your wedding photos!
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It could also result in toothache and a headache – how inconvenient!
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Resting and fluids are the best way to ease sinusitis, while taking painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen can help too.
Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla with their family on their wedding day
In line with wedding tradition, the Duchess had stayed apart from Prince Charles the night before their nuptials, instead spending it with her sister Annabel Eliot, and her daughter, Laura at Clarence House, Charles and Camilla’s main home in London.
It was reportedly only for Annabel dressing Camilla herself, that she managed to muster up the energy to walk down the aisle and say, 'I do.'
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Annabel said: "Ok, that's all right. I'm going to do it for you. I'm going to get you into your clothes."
We're just glad the Duchess of Cornwall managed to make it to the wedding!
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