When Prince Charles and Camilla tied the knot 15 years ago they took the unusual step of banning wedding presents.

It was claimed this 'rule' was imposed due to the overwhelming number of unwanted gifts the Prince received after his nuptials to Princess Diana in 1981.

Among the items the couple received was a pair of pink and blue toothbrushes.

And they reportedly had no choice but to burn or give away some of the more bizarre presents.

Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell previously revealed how some of the wedding gifts were handed to royal servants.

So before Charles' wedding on April 9, 2005, to a then-Camilla Parker Bowles, he was eager not to be faced with the same conundrum.

Around 800 guests were invited to the wedding reception

He ensured a strict message was put on the invites: 'Wedding List: There will be no Wedding List.'

Cameras and phones were also prohibited.

Among the 800 guests were Absolutely Fabulous actress Joanna Lumley, romance novelist Jilly Cooper, actors Timothy West and Richard E Grant, presenter Jonathan Dimbleby and Jacob Rees-Mogg's father, William.

However, guest and beloved comic Joan Rivers - ever the rebel - insisted she would be sending a wedding gift... sexy undies to Camilla.

She joked it was either that or a trendy grill with a chip pan attachment.

Joan Rivers attends the Elie Tahari presentation
Joan Rivers gave Camilla a cheeky gift

The US comedienne said Camilla 'roared with laughter' when she said she wanted to throw her a lingerie shower.

She said at the time: “She thought it was hilarious and said, ‘Well send the things’.”

Joan, who met the couple through charity events, also admitted she was very fond of Camilla.

She revealed in 2005: “She’s a very earthy, funny woman – you can swear in front of her.”

Joan, who died in 2014 aged 81, added: “The people of Britain are going to love her once they really get to know her.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall (known as the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay when in Scotland), marking their 15th wedding anniversary

Meanwhile, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall's civil ceremony took place at Windsor Guildhall at 12.30pm on Saturday, April 9, and was followed by an official marriage blessing and reception in Windsor Castle.

Camilla almost failed to attend the reception after reportedly coming close to fainting following the service.

Buckingham Palace had beforehand announced that the Queen and Prince Philip would not attend the ceremony, but would be present at the church blessing and host the reception afterwards.

The reason stated by the palace was the couple wanted to keep the occasion low key.

The newlyweds beamed with delight

The couple spent their honeymoon at their beloved hideaway Birkhall, which is nestled in a picturesque glen on the Queen's private estate.

After tying the knot, the Duchess admitted to the Mirror: “At one stage I didn’t think we were going to make it. It was a wonderful day.”

While proud Charles declared: “I’m so lucky – she’s very special.”

The pair today celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary and marked the occasion by releasing a touching new portrait of themselves together at Birkhall, holding Camilla's beloved pet dogs.

Prince Harry, Prince William, Laura and Tom Parker Bowles, in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle after Charles and Camilla's wedding

Charles and Camilla were reunited on Monday after the 72-year-old duchess came out of a 14-day self-isolation on the Balmoral estate in Aberdeenshire.

The royal couple faced a worrying time after the prince fell ill with coronavirus, but heir to the throne Charles, 71, has recovered after having mild symptoms.

The photo taken on Wednesday morning - the day before their anniversary - shows the smiling prince and duchess seated side by side in the front porch of their Scottish country retreat, with Jack Russell terriers Bluebell and Beth.

Camilla wore a silk dress by Robinson Valentine

It is the first time the couple, who are known as the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland, have been pictured together since it was announced Charles had caught the Covid-19 illness.

Camilla, dressed in blue denim jeans, an open-necked pink shirt, pale blue jumper and navy suede boots, is holding Bluebell on her lap, while the prince, in an open-necked blue shirt, navy jacket, olive green trousers and fawn suede loafers, has an alert-looking Beth in his arms.

Both dogs were rescued by Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, of which Camilla is royal patron.

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The duchess has written of Beth and Bluebell in the past: "They are family, friends and ever-faithful companions and, just like anyone else with a passion for dogs, I can't imagine life without them."

The prince has a plaster on the end of one of his middle fingers, but Clarence House declined to comment as to why. The photograph was taken by a member of staff.

Any private celebrations for their decade-and-a-half-long marriage - their crystal anniversary - will be low key as the pair socially distance from friends and family like the rest of the country.