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Prince Charles & Camilla Parker Bowles

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Prince Charles Phillip Arthur George, the Prince of Wales, was born at Buckingham Palace on November 14, 1948, the eldest child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and heir to the English throne.

His previous marriage to Princess Diana in 1981, which ended in divorce, gave him two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.

Camilla Rosemary Shand was born on July 17, 1947. Her previous marriage to Andrew Parker Bowles, which ended in divorce, gave her a son, Tom, and a daughter, Laura.

Some thirty years after they first met at a polo match, and both having been married and divorced, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles finally became husband and wife on April 9, 2005.

Upon her marriage, Camilla was granted the title Duchess of Cornwall. She became the most senior female member of the Royal Family after the Queen.

The engagement

On February 10, 2005, Clarence House announced that Camilla and the Prince of Wales were engaged. Charles had got down on one knee and presented Camilla with an engagement ring that had belonged to his beloved grandmother, the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.

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Civil ceremony

wellwishersThe civil wedding ceremony was held at Windsor Guildhall on April 9, 2005 and was attended by close family only. A crowd of some 20,000 well-wishers cheered as the couple arrived for their private ceremony.

The groom’s eldest son, Prince William, and the bride’s son, Tom Parker Bowles, were responsible for the rings. They were also the witnesses, signing the registry.

The Queen and Prince Philip did not attend the civil ceremony, chiefly due to the Queen’s role as the Head of the Church of England.

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The rings

Charles and Camilla exchanged rings made of a nugget of Welsh gold, which is a tradition in the English royal family.

The flowers

Flowers cut from the bride and groom’s own gardens at Raymill House and Highgrove House were used to decorate the Guildhall. Lilies of the valley, the bride’s favorite and believed to symbolize the return of happiness, were also used to decorate the Guildhall.

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