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Charles and Camilla: A Timeline of Their Love

It was in 1970 at a polo match that Prince Charles met Camilla Shand. Even though they belonged to the same social circle and attended some of the same parties this was the first time they had met. Not too long after first meeting they began to date. Camilla wasn’t the first in her family to have an affair with a future king. Her great-grandmother, Alice Keppel, was a favourite mistress of Prince Charles’s great-great-grandfather Edward VII. They continued to date until Charles joined the Royal Navy in 1971 when their relationship became strained and they eventually broke up.

In July of 1973, Camilla married Andrew Parker Bowles. Camilla’s new husband had previously had a relationship with Prince Charles’s younger sister Princess Anne. Camilla and Andrew had two children together. Their son Tom was born on December 18, 1974, and is the god son of Prince Charles. On January 1, 1978, Camilla and her husband welcomed their second and last child, a daughter named Laura. Laura’s Daughter Eliza was a bridesmaid at the 2011 wedding of Camilla’s step-son Prince William to Catherine Middleton.

In 1977, Prince Charles met a 16-year-old Lady Diana Spencer, although it wasn’t until 1980 that Prince Charles took an interest in Diana and started courting her. Charles proposed to Diana on February 6, 1981, and the engagement was officially announced eighteen days later on February 24th. Charles and Diana were married on July 29, 1981, at St Paul’s Cathedral. On June 21, 1982, Charles and Diana welcomed their first son Prince William. Two years later they welcomed their second son Prince Henry on September 15, 1984.

In 1986, Charles and Camilla rekindled their love affair despite them both being married at the time. In 1992, the press leaked a series of tapes of recorded phone conversations between Charles and Camilla detailing aspects of their affair. The event was later dubbed “Camillagate” by the tabloids. Later that same year the palace officially acknowledged marital problem between Charles and Diana and in December it was announced that they had separated.

In 1994, both Charles and Diana admitted to adultery in separate televised interviews, Charles naming Camilla as his mistress. Just one year later in 1995 Camilla and her husband divorced, followed a year later by the divorce of Charles and Diana. A year later in 1997 Princess Diana was killed in car accident in Paris.

It wasn’t until 1998 that Camilla met Prince William and Harry. After the sudden death of Princess Diana, Charles and Camilla kept their relationship out of the public eye until 1999 when they appeared in public together for the first time. Just a year later in 2000 The Queen acknowledged Charles and Camilla’s relationship by attending a lunch also attended by Camilla.

In 2003, after years of dating Camilla moved into Prince Charles official residence at Clarence House. On February 10, 2005, Charles and Camilla’s engagement was officially announced. Their wedding was originally planned for April 8th but was moved last minute to April 9th so that Prince Charles could attend the funeral of Pope John Paul II.

Prince Charles and Camilla were married on April 9, 2005, in a civil ceremony with Prince William attending as best man. The wedding was attended by a handful of close friends and family, including Camilla’s ex-husband and his second wife, as well as a select number of royal family members.

Charles and Camilla have enjoyed many years of blissful marriage and are happier than ever. It is said that Prince Charles is at his most lively around Camilla. They have overcome years of scrutiny from the people and the press for their highly publicised affair. Through everything, their love has conquered all.

  • Rachel Oxley

    God bless Charles and Camilla…..what a shame they did not marry when they first fell in love. They obviously were meant for one another.

    • Lori Walton

      She was obviously the only woman he ever truly loved. It is just a shame that Diana had to get caught in the crossfire of it all. She deserved so much better.

  • Marsha Richardson

    I love this story. I can’t believe they have been married over 11 years! That time has flew by. All the best to them both x

  • Suzan Smith

    Time Royal Central either employed writers who were literate or employed proofreaders . Godson is one word not two

  • loppismama

    Lovely article, but it is a legend that they met at a polo match. They were introduced by their mutual friend, Lucia Santa Cruz, at her home in Belgravia. This fact is confirmed by Charles and Camilla themselves, and of course Mrs Santa Cruz who from the first moment on had the right feeling they would be a perfect match.

  • MyMindyGirl

    I will always look at Camilla and the first word that pops into my mind is Rottweiler. Thanks Princess Di, for leaving a lasting impression.

  • Jo

    I think Prince Charles and Camilla make a beautiful couple. You can see that they truly love each other. People should stop being so judgemental of them and let them be happy together.

  • Aneta Annetta

    I believe that he had diana killed in that wreck and he was a jealous ass man, so sad he didn’t even deserve diana they stood for complete opposite things and she still shined after they’re divorce I think Charles couldn’t handle that!!!!

    • tessabo

      Diana died through her own stupidity,in travelling in a car wearing no seat belt.and laughing at the pursuers who were chasing. Yes she was a beautiful woman and a good Mother to the two boys,but she could have been more discreet about her affair where the boys were concerned .

      • Kittie Foster

        Her seat belt wasn’t working properly.

  • Debbie Shaw-Burke

    You know , I’m real tired of these goodwill pr stories. She is a home wrecker, and he’s a cad.

    • Elizabeth Ann Brundell Evers

      You cant wreck something doomed to fail from day one. Diana was as bad if not worse than he. she had multiple affairs…he one.

      • Kittie Foster

        He should have NEVER pursued Diana in the first place if he wasn’t in love with her. What a cruel thing for him to do to court and propose to her while still being in love with somebody else! He should have been honest to begin with. The only reason she cheated on him is because he was doing it to her.

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