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Charles and Camilla finally tie the knot

The Story


It's been one thing after another for Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles. The two divorcees are finally about to marry, but they've encountered quite a few bumps on their road to matrimony. "Everything that could go wrong with this wedding seems to have gone wrong," says Andrew Pierce, an assistant editor at the London Times. In this 2005 CBC Radio interview, Pierce describes all the problems that have occurred so far. "Everybody's now asking, 'Can anything else go wrong?' Maybe she's going to trip over her train," jokes Pierce.

Medium: Radio
Program: As It Happens
Broadcast Date: April 8, 2005
Guest(s): Andrew Pierce
Host: Kris Purdy
Interviewer: Mary Lou Finlay
Duration: 6:05

Did You know?


• Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles (née Shand) first met at a polo match in 1970. Camilla was 23 years old at the time, and Charles was 22. This marked the beginning of an on-again, off-again relationship that lasted for decades.

• Camilla married her first husband, Andrew Parker Bowles, in 1973.

• Viewers around the whole world watched and celebrated as 32-year-old Prince Charles married 20-year-old Diana Spencer in a fairytale wedding in 1981.

• Even before Charles and Diana divorced in 1996, the extramarital affair between Charles and Camilla became public knowledge. In a 1995 interview on BBC Television with journalist Martin Bashir, Diana famously remarked, in reference to her husband's relationship with Camilla, "Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded."

• Camilla and Andrew Parker Bowles were divorced in 1995.

• In February 2005, Charles and Camilla announced their engagement.

• Because of their divorces, the couple had to be married in a civil (rather than church) ceremony. This generated a good deal of controversy, with critics pointing out that it had previously been illegal for royals to marry in a civil ceremony. It was ultimately determined that the Human Rights Act of 1998 made the marriage allowable, and that the Act should supersede any previous legislation barring members of the Royal Family from getting married in a civil ceremony while still maintaining their succession rights to the throne.

• Charles and Camilla were married on April 9, 2005. Their civil ceremony was followed by a "religious blessing" at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. The civil ceremony wasn't televised, but the religious blessing was. Charles's parents, the Queen and Prince Philip, chose not to attend the small civil marriage ceremony. They did attend the blessing afterwards, however, and hosted a reception for the couple at Windsor Castle afterwards.

 


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