HRH Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales

 and Camilla Parker Bowles

 married on 9th April 2005

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Now that the marriage has taken place we are starting a new page for your views on the situation. 

  • Let us know what you think about the ‘Future Queen’ situation. 
  • What should the country expect from the Princess Consort? 
  • What does Camilla have to do to gain general acceptance - indeed is that possible?
  • Would you like her to be patron of your charity? 
  • Should she be invited to open your new hospital? 

The BBC reports that Camilla has become “the most senior female member of the Royal Family after the Queen”. Did you realise? How do you feel about that?

Allegations in August 2006 of a newspaper bugging the couple’s mobile phones - see the Telegraph report. What do you think about that?

Click here to give your opinion and, if you are from a Commonwealth country, let us know where you are calling from and how the marriage is viewed in your country.

Here in the UK we believe many Americans are fascinated by the British Royal Family - what do you in the States think about the new member? Let us know.

Click here to give your views on the marriage. Your message may be published here on this site if it meets our editor’s criteria. (Email addresses will not be disclosed)

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Items from before the marriage took place.....

All senior members of the Royal Family, except the Queen and Prince Philip, are to attend the Prince of Wales's civil marriage to Camilla Parker Bowles, it was announced on 24th March and reported in the Telegraph, fuelling speculation over the official reason given for the Queen's absence.

Should we believe reports, circulating from 27th February, that the Queen has "distanced" herself from the wedding of the Prince of Wales to Camilla Parker Bowles because she believes that her son is putting personal gratification before duty? As the law requires him to ask the Queen’s permission to marry did she make a mistake in giving that permission?

However, on 2nd April the Telegraph reported that the Queen had let it be known that the reason she would not be attending the wedding of the Prince of Wales was because she was putting her duties as the head of the Church of England before family feelings.

It was announced that, after the marriage, Mrs Parker Bowles would take the title Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, and that once the Prince accedes to the throne she would not be known as Queen Camilla but as Her Royal Highness The Princess Consort.

This form of address is believed to be based on that used by Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, who was the Prince Consort. The best wishes from Queen Elizabeth suggest that consent has been granted under the Royal Marriages Act 1772.

However the subject has been reopened on 22nd March, with the suggestion that the law would have to be changed if Camilla is not to be known as ‘The Queen’ from the time Prince Charles becomes The King. It seems that once again the royal household were hoping that a fudge would slip through without anyone noticing that they were trying to make a significant change of what has been the historical position - as every schoolchild knows, the king’s wife is the queen!

What if this marriage goes wrong one day? The Prince of Wales has rejected legal advice to draw up a pre-nuptial agreement with Camilla Parker Bowles before they marry in 12 days, reported the Telegraph on March 28th. A US reader asks us for more on this.

Should the marriage be retimed to avoid a possible clash with the Pope’s funeral? Shortly after we raised that question Clarence House announced that the wedding would be postponed to Saturday, and that Prince Charles would attend the Pope’s funeral on Friday.

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Some of the details of the church service for blessing the marriage were announced on 8th April, including details of the Bible reading.

Royal Wedding souvenirs have been produced showing the wrong date, as the alteration was not announced until 4th April. Click here to read more about this.

Could Tom Parker Bowles become second in line to the throne after the royal wedding next week?
Listen to the BBC report of 0750 am on 1st April 2005

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Readers' views
before the marriage
on 9th April 2005
Readers' views
after the marriage
on 9th April 2005

Some of the questions raised by the marriage announcement:-

  • Does Camilla have the star quality of Princess Diana, who wanted to be “Queen of Hearts”?
  • Should Charles renounce the throne?
  • Will this split the Church of England?
  • What will the Commonwealth countries think?
  • Are the British public really interested in the wedding anyway?
  • Does this marriage strengthen or weaken the British Monarchy?
  • America loves the British Royal Family - what do they think about this development?
  • Should April 8th be a public holiday to celebrate the marriage of a future King of England?
  • What does Her Majesty the Queen really think about this marriage? In a recent poll 52 per cent believe that she disapproves of the marriage
  • Is there a difference between the position - The Queen - and the title - The Princess Consort?
  • Have your say - your message may be published on this site if it meets our editor’s criteria. (Email addresses will not be disclosed). It’s interesting if you tell us where you live, as we get views from different countries.

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The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has welcomed the announcement

The newlyweds will honeymoon at Birkhall, on the Balmoral estate, with Charles taking between a week and 10 days off

Birkhall Lodge for Charles & Camilla's honeymoon

The announcement of the engagement comes nearly nine years after Charles divorced Princess Diana, who died in a car crash in Paris in 1997.

On 16th March 2005 the Telegraph reports, “The mystery over why Diana, Princess of Wales and her companion Dodi Fayed switched cars in Paris on the night they died was reactivated last night with the release of Government papers.”

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