Charles and Camilla's Relationship Chronology

Britain's heir to the throne Prince Charles and his long-time lover Camilla Parker Bowles will marry on April 8 in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, his office said on Thursday.

Here is a short chronology of significant events in their relationship. (Credit: Reuters)

Inauguration 2005
Charles was initally introduced to Parker Bowles at a polo match in 1971. Here, in a 1973 photo, he walks with Camilla, right, and another unidentified companion. (Tim Graham, Corbis Sygma)

The Washington Post's Glenn Frankel chronicles the relationship of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles.

Inauguration 2005
July 1981
Prince Charles marries Lady Diana Spencer in a glittering ceremony.
Inauguration 2005
Nov. 1992
Charles and Diana appear together shortly before announcing their separation in December.
 (Arthur Edwards - Reuters)
Aug. 1996

Charles and Diana are divorced.

Inauguration 2005
July 1997
Charles throws a 50th birthday party for Parker Bowles in a bold declaration of their affair.
 (Barry Batchelor - AP)
Inauguration 2005
Aug. 1997
Diana and her millionaire companion Dodi al-Fayed are killed in a Paris car crash.
 (Jacques Brinon - AP)
Inauguration 2005
Oct. 1998
Charles and Parker Bowles make front-page headlines by going to a society wedding but arriving separately.  (Robin Nowacki - AP)
Inauguration 2005
Jan. 1999
They finally appear together for the first time, at a birthday party for Parker Bowles's sister at London's Ritz hotel.
 (John Stillwell - AP)
Inauguration 2005
June 2000
The couple host a gala dinner in the east London district of Shoreditch in honor of the Prince's Foundation, one of Charles's charities. This was believed to be their first outing at a semi-official function.
 (Kent Gavin - AP/Pool)
Inauguration 2005
Feb. 2005
Charles announced he will marry Parker Bowles on April 8 in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. This photo is from the 2004 highland games in Mey, Scotland. (AP)

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