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)
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.
Prince Charles marries Lady Diana Spencer in a glittering ceremony. (AP)
Charles and Diana appear together shortly before announcing their separation in December. (Arthur Edwards - Reuters)
Charles and Diana are divorced.
Charles throws a 50th birthday party for Parker Bowles in a bold declaration of their affair. (Barry Batchelor - AP)
Diana and her millionaire companion Dodi al-Fayed are killed in a Paris car crash. (Jacques Brinon - AP)
Charles and Parker Bowles make front-page headlines by going to a society wedding but arriving separately. (Robin Nowacki - AP)
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)
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)
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)