Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles haven’t had it easy — especially when it comes to their relationship and the public’s opinions of them. From their infamous affair to the queen’s comments and behavior towards her daughter-in-law over the years, the couple has had to endure quite a bit. But, photos of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles prove just how strong (and adorable) their bond really is.
Ahead, we take a trip down memory lane with the cutest photos of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles.
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles relationship
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall go way back. In fact, they met in 1971 and had a very close relationship. According to reports from Good Housekeeping, Prince Charles and Camilla met through a mutual friend and began spending time together at his uncle, Lord Mountbatten’s Broadlands estate. However, their time together was cut short as the Prince of Wales was due on the HMS Frigate in early 1973 with the Royal Navy. And, instead of expressing his feelings to Camilla and asking her to wait for him while he was on duty for eight months, he let her go. In their time apart, Camilla went back to her longtime love, Andrew Parker Bowles. Andrew proposed in March 1973 and they married the next year.
That said, even if Prince Charles and Camilla had kept their relationship going, things likely wouldn’t have worked out in their favor — aka the queen would not have approved of their marriage. Because Camilla didn’t come from a family of high enough aristocratic background and wasn’t a virgin (which was a big deal in the royal family back then), the queen likely would have denied their union.
Prince Charles went on to marry Princess Diana, but his feelings towards Camilla never vanished. The Prince of Wales and now Duchess of Cornwall carried out their infamous affair, which resulted in Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s divorce and, eventually, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles’s marriage.
Photos of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles
As prominent members of the royal family, it’s nearly impossible for Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles to go anywhere without a photographer closely watching their every move. From royal tours to royal engagements, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have shared many adorable moments in public together. Take a look at the cutest photos of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, below.
1. They have a lot of fun together
If you haven’t noticed, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles have a lot of fun together and are always laughing and smiling at each other. This photo of them sharing a laugh together is quite sweet, isn’t it?
2. They love nature
Prince Charles is very passionate about gardening and nature and it appears that his wife shares similar interests. We love this photo of them stopping to smell the roses (err rose).
3. They laugh a lot
Photos of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles laughing hysterically are a dime a dozen. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall seem to always be up for a good laugh during royal engagements.
4. They are very much in love
Prince Charles might have let his love get away the first time, but he makes sure she knows how he feels now. This photo of the two of them beaming at each other shows just how much they love one another.
5. They love a coordinated look
How cute is this photo of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles in matching outfits? The two were in Scotland and opted for matching plaid kilts.
6. They aren’t opposed to a good photo opp
As members of the royal family, Prince Charles and Camilla spend a lot of time raising awareness for certain causes. Here, the adorable couple shares a moment and pose with masks at a reception for the Elephant Family.
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