Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles get married

The engagement was announced of the 56-year-old Prince Charles and 57-year-old Camilla Parker Bowles on February 10, 2005. The pair hosted a news conference at Windsor Castle, Camilla said the prince went down on one knee to propose.

Camilla's engagement ring reportedly belonged to Charles' late grandmother, the Queen Mother.

It was also announced that Camilla and the Prince of Wales would marry on 8 April 2005 at Windsor Castle with a civil service followed by religious prayer.

The death of Pope John Paul II occured on April 4 it was announced that the wedding would be postponed 24 hours until April 9, so that the Prince of Wales could attend the funeral of Pope John Paul II as the representative of the Queen.

The civil service actually took place at the Guildhall, Windsor instead of the castle. The official reason give was a bit suspect, being that obtaining a wedding licence for the castle would impose problems in public access to the ceremony. After tying the knot with Charles at this brief civil ceremony witnessed by just 30 guests, the couple returned to Windsor Castle.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh did not attend the civil service, a spokesman explaining that the Queen did not want to overshadow the wedding. Others believed that the Quee did not approve of Charles and Camilla marrying, or that the Queen was reluctant to attend a civil wedding due to her position as Supreme Governor of the Church of England. The Queen and Duke did however go to the service of religious prayer at St George's Chapel following the civil service, and held a reception for the couple in Windsor Castle afterwards.

The Service of Prayer and Dedication took place in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, with the Archbishop of Canterbury presiding. Camilla wore a long porcelain blue gown, and walked down the aisle alongside the Prince. St George's Chapel service was attended by 700 guests.

Following the wedding and reception at Windsor Castle , the couple travelled to Birkhall, the Prince's country home in Scotland, near Balmoral Castle.

Since her marriage, Camilla has been known as HRH The Duchess of Cornwall except in Scotland where she uses the title HRH The Duchess of Rothesay.


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