The late Queen Elizabeth II's son first met Camilla Shand in 1970 aged 23, but their romance cooled after Charles was called away on naval duties overseas. She went on to marry Andrew Parker Bowles in 1973 while he wed Princess Diana in 1981, but Charles and Camilla reportedly rekindled their romance in 1986.
Following their respective divorces, Charles admitted to having an affair with Camilla, telling Jonathan Dimbleby his first marriage had become "irretrievably broken down, us both having tried." The King and Queen slowly went public with their romance following the death of Diana in 1997, and they announced their engagement in February 2005 before marrying two months later.
Since they were both divorcées, their second wedding was more unconventional, with the couple exchanging vows in a civil ceremony followed by an official religious blessing on 9 April 2005.
The monarch has taken every opportunity since then to praise his wife. In his first speech as monarch in September 2022, he said: "I count on the loving help of my darling wife, Camilla," while she is said to be a key pillar of support following his cancer diagnosis. Look back at the best photos from their intimate royal wedding day at Windsor Castle, attended by just 28 guests…