Today His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall celebrate their fourteenth wedding anniversary.

The forthcoming nuptials of the Prince and Mrs Parker Bowles were announced on 10 February 2005. Under the Royal Marriages Act of 1772, the Queen granted her consent for the marriage to take place on 2 March 2005 in a meeting of the Privy Council. In advance of the union, it was announced that Mrs Parker Bowles would take the style of Her Royal Highness and bear the title Duchess of Cornwall (one of her husband’s subsidiary title); however, as the wife of the Prince of Wales, she may be legally titled as Princess of Wales.

The Queen Gives Her Consent to the Marriage in Privy Council (© Parliament of the United Kingdom)

On Saturday, 9 April 2005, the Prince of Wales married Mrs Camilla Parker Bowles (née Shand) in a civil ceremony at the Windsor Guildhall. The witnesses for the couple were sons of the groom and bride, the-then Prince William of Wales and Mr Tom Parker Bowles. From the groom’s side, many members of his family were present at the Guildhall. These included both of his sons, Princes William and Harry, the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Mr Peter Phillips, Miss Zara Phillips, the Duke of York, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, and Princess Alexandra, Lady Ogilvy.

The civil marriage of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall was followed by a Service of Prayer and Dedication at St George’s Chapel at Windsor. The service at St George’s Chapel was attended by 800 guests, including the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. Foreign royal guests included the King of Bahrain, King Constantine II and Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes, Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Norway, Princess Margarita of Romania, and Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia.

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