Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall tied the knot in a civil ceremony, followed by an official religious blessing, on April 9, 2005. It was just a few months earlier, on February 10, 2005, that Clarence House made the official announcement that Prince Charles was to marry Camilla Parker Bowles, the daughter of the late Major Bruce Middleton Hope Shand and the late Hon Rosalind Maud Shand. Camilla – an ex-girlfriend who had met the royal in 1970 and dated him before her first marriage to Andrew Parker Bowles three years later – had been making appearances alongside the Prince for some time after they finally went public with their rekindled romance. As Charles and Camilla celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary in 2020, take a look back at the royal couple's big day with our photo gallery of highlights.
On April 9, 2005, the royals gathered at Windsor to celebrate the wedding. As crowds lined the streets, Prince Charles and Camilla married in a civil ceremony at Windsor Guildhall, Berkshire.
The wedding date had been set for April 8, 2005 but had to be postponed by a day, so that the Prince of Wales could represent The Queen at the funeral of Pope John Paul II. So on April 9, after the civil vows, the Prince and Duchess held a service of blessing at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.
The Queen and Prince Philip did not attend the civil wedding ceremony, but did join the service of blessing. The royal couple hosted a reception for the newlyweds at Windsor Castle later that day.
Camilla was known as Camilla Parker Bowles before the wedding, however it was announced upon marriage that she would take the name of "Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall."
Prince Charles' son, Prince William, and Camilla's son Tom Parker Bowles served as the couple's witnesses.
Royals from around the world attended the blessing at Windsor Castle including King Constantine II and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway (pictured) and the King of Bahrain.
The bride looked elegant as she arrived for the civil ceremony in a delicate cream silk chiffon dress with a matching oyster silk basket weave coat. The Duchess-to-be wanted to keep her outfit subtle but stylish.
After the celebrations, the new royal couple traveled to the Prince's country estate in Scotland for their honeymoon. During this time, they carried out their first joint engagement as a married couple.
Together the couple have four children and step-children; Prince William, Prince Harry, Tom Parker Bowles and Laura Parker Bowles. All children were present at the civil ceremony and the church blessing.