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Timeline: Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles


1970

Charles, the Prince of Wales, and Camilla Shand meet at a polo match. A romance begins.

1971

Charles joins the Royal Navy; relationship between Charles and Camilla falters.

1973

Camilla Shand and cavalry officer Andrew Parker Bowles marry in July.

1977

Charles meets teenager Diana Spencer for the first time.

1981

Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer marry at St. Paul's Cathedral in London.

1986

According to Charles's official biographer, Jonathan Dimbleby, Charles begins an affair with Camilla.

1992

The "Camillagate" tapes—embarrassingly intimate conversations between Charles and Camilla recorded from 1989—are published in the tabloids.

Later that year, the Palace officially acknowledges marital problems between Charles and Diana. Rumors of discord had been reported in the press for years.

In December, the separation of Prince Charles and Diana is announced.

1994

Prince Charles admits to adultery in a televised interview, which he said occurred after the marriage had, "irretrievably broken down, us both having tried."

In a televised interview later that year, Diana, who has also admitted to adultery, says "there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded."

1995

Camilla Parker Bowles and her husband divorce. Andrew Parker Bowles remarries the following year.

1996

Charles and Diana divorce.

1997

Diana is killed in a car crash. Her death is mourned around the world.

1999

Charles and Camilla appear in public together for the first time.

2000

The Queen acknowledges Charles and Camilla's relationship by attending a lunch also attended by Camilla.

2003

Camilla moves into Charles's residence, Clarence House.

2005

Charles and Camilla announce their engagement in February. The wedding, a civil ceremony, is to take place on April 8. The ceremony is moved to April 9 so that Prince Charles can attend the funeral of John Paul II.

2008

Charles and Camilla visit the Caribbean Sea island nations of Trinidad and Tobago.

2008

Charles and Camilla celebrate their third wedding anniversary on April 8 in Scotland.

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