On 9 April 2005 Prince Charles married Camilla Parker-Bowles more than 30 years after their romance first began. The Royal couple appeared after their civil wedding ceremony at the Guildhall in Windsor, arm in arm smiling and waving to the estimated 20,000 people that gathered outside the Berkshire building.
Later, they returned to Windsor Castle for a mass of blessing conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The ceremony was attended by the Queen and Prince Philip and 800 of the couple’s friends and family.
The Duchess wore an oyster silk basket-weave coat and chiffon dress for the ceremony at Guildhall. She changed into a porcelain blue silk dress for the blessing service.
Afterward, the newlyweds talked to some of those gathered outside the chapel.
Her majesty hosted a gathering in Windsor Castle’s State Apartments. After the reception the pair then drove off in a Bentley decorated by Princes William and Harry. Their honeymoon was spent in Scotland.
“When these vows are made by people who have been battered by life, they somehow have more force and impact than when they are made by people in their 20′s, when it’s easier to say such things,” novelist Robert Harris commented to The Daily Telegraph in 2005.