After 33 star-crossed and often unhappy years, after other marriages and public opprobrium, the Prince of Wales married Camilla Parker Bowles on April 9, 2005. Because both had divorced, they elected to have a civil ceremony in Windsor Guildhall, followed by a marriage blessing at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
The Prince of Wales and Camilla Shand, as she was then called, hit it off from the first time they met, at a polo match in 1970, and they even dated briefly before her first marriage to Andrew Parker Bowles, a British Army officer. Prince Charles, for his part, went on to marry Lady Diana Spencer, but their marriage was an unhappy one. The couple separated in 1992 and divorced in 1996. Diana died in a car crash a year later.
Charles and Camilla’s love affair is said to have begun when she cheekily declared, “My great-grandmother was your great-great-grandfather’s mistress, so how about it?” In a sign of how much things have changed, Queen Elizabeth II gave her blessing for the marriage of her divorced son to his divorced lover. The duchess of Cornwall, mother of Tom Parker Bowles and Laura Parker Bowles, became stepmother to Prince William and Prince Harry, who are said to along with her splendidly.