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In pictures: Charles and Camilla
Prince Charles and Mrs Parker Bowles (photo: Rex Features)
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Prince Charles first met Camilla Parker Bowles in 1970. In one of the earliest pictures of the couple together, they are seen talking during a break in a Polo match.
Prince Charles and Mrs Parker Bowles in a car (photo: Rex Features)
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The Prince of Wales' relationship with Mrs Parker Bowles has spanned four decades.
Mrs Parker Bowles and Diana Spencer
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Here she is seen walking with the future princess Diana Spencer at Ludlow racecourse in 1980, in which the prince was competing.
Mrs Parker Bowles and Diana Spencer at a horse race in 1980 (photo: Rex Features)
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Princess Diana blamed the collapse of her marriage to Prince Charles on his relationship with Mrs Parker Bowles.
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles
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The Prince of Wales and Mrs Parker Bowles appear together in public for the first time leaving the Ritz Hotel in London in January, 1999 after attending the 50th birthday party of Camilla's sister, Annabel Elliott.
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles
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The Prince and Mrs Parker Bowles walk through to the Gala Dinner at The Princes Foundation in London, in June, 2000, to mark the official opening of the newly-restored headquarters of the Prince's Foundation.
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles
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The Prince of Wales gets a kiss on the cheek from Mrs Parker Bowles, as he arrives at Somerset House in London in June 2001 at the 15th Anniversary reception, for the National Osteoporosis Society.
Prince Charles and Mrs Parker Bowles at the Mey Highland Games in Scotland in August 2004 (photo: Rex Features)
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The couple's public appearances have become more regular in recent years.
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles
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In one of their most recent public appearances together, the Prince of Wales and Mrs Camilla Parker Bowles arrive at the Royal Gala in aid of Buxton's historic Opera House, in January.
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles in the grand reception room of Windsor Castle after announcing their engagement
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On Thursday, the couple hosted a dinner at Windsor Castle, their first public appearance since the announcement of their engagement.
Mrs Parker Bowles shows reporters her engagement ring at Windsor Castle on Thursday
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Mrs Parker Bowles showed off her platinum engagement ring which, consisting of a square diamond surrounded by three diamond baguettes, is a Royal Family heirloom. It reportedly belonged to Charles' late grandmother, the Queen Mother.




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