Since September 8, after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the former Prince of Wales has become King Charles III. After Charles became king, his wife Camilla was given the title of Queen Consort. Although Charles and Camilla first met in their twenties, their relationship is not a straightforward romance. We list all the facts.
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Charles and Camilla’s relationship timeline
For starters, they didn’t get married until decades after they first met – and it was a second marriage for both of them. Charles’ first wife was Princess Diana, who tragically passed away in 1997. For many, Charles and Camilla’s relationship will always be with Diana as the two began an affair while Charles was still married to Diana.
As a result, the public did not really accept Charles and Camilla’s relationship. Over the years, attitudes towards Camilla in general declined, and Queen Elizabeth said before her death that it was her “sincere desire” for Camilla to become a wife, rather than the princess’s companion, as had been the case previously. We dig into the history of their complex relationship.
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Charles attended a polo match in Windsor and met Camilla Shand there at the age of 22. Shortly after meeting, the two began dating.
A year later, Charles joined the Royal Navy, ending their romance.
Charles was gone for a long period of time, so Camilla moved on to Andrew Parker Bowles. The couple got engaged in 1973 and married in July of the same year. Charles and Camilla remained friends.
Charles met Diana Spencer at the age of 16.
Charles and Diana, who was 18 years old at the time, began dating in 1980. A year later they announced their engagement and in July of the same year they got married at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Camila was also present at the wedding.
According to biography Prince Charles: Emotions and Paradoxes The relationship between him and Camilla began in 1986.
In 1989, Diana decided to confront Camilla over the issue. She is said to have said, “I know what’s going on between you and Charles, and I want you to know.”
Camilla’s response was, “You have everything you want. You have all the men in the world who fall in love with you, and you have two beautiful children. What more do you want?” Diana replied, “I want my husband.”
Diana and Charles officially divorced in December 1992.
In June 1994, Charles publicly announced that he was having an affair during his marriage to Diana. He did so in a TV interview with Jonathan Dimbleby. It was revealed in November 1994 that the person Charles was in a relationship with was Camilla Parker Bowles.
Camilla and Andrew Parker Bowles divorced in January 1995.
Princess Diana dies in a car accident in Paris. Her boyfriend Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul were also killed.
Charles and Camilla were first seen together at Camilla’s sister’s 50th birthday party at the Ritz Hotel in London.
Camilla moved in with Charles and lived in Clarence House, the former home of the Queen’s mother.
Camilla and Charles announced their engagement in February 2005, 35 years after they first met.
Charles and Camilla married in April 2005, in a ceremony in Windsor Guildhall. The Queen was not present at the ceremony, but she was at the reception.
In June 2016, Camilla, along with Prince William, was appointed to the Privy Council. The Queen’s chief advisor.
In April 2020, Camilla and Charles celebrated their 15th birthday.
The Queen refers to Camilla and her future title once Charles becomes king.
‘And when my son Charles becomes king,’ said she, ‘in the fullness of time, I know that you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you gave me; It is my sincere hope that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her loyal service.”
This was a significant change from previous official statements, which stated that Camilla would be known as the Princess Consort.
Queen Elizabeth died at the age of 96. As a result, Charles is now King Charles III, and from now on Camilla is called the Queen.
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