Timeline: King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla Parker Bowles

Updated January 6, 2023 | Infoplease Staff


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


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


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


Charles meets teenager Diana Spencer for the first time.


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


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


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.


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."


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


Charles and Diana divorce.


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


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


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


Camilla moves into Charles's residence, Clarence House.


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.


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


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


Upon the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, Charles ascends to the throne as King Charles III, with Camilla as Queen Consort of the United Kingdom.

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