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Heartbreak for King Charles and Camilla surrounding their anniversary

The couple are set to celebrate 18 years since their wedding


King Charles and Queen Camilla look solemn© Chris Jackson
Gemma Strong
Online Digital News Director
April 3, 2023
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King Charles and his wife Queen Camilla are set for a bittersweet weekend together.

The sweet couple, who were married in 2005, will celebrate their 18th wedding anniversary on Sunday – a joyous occasion they are expected to mark privately.

Charles and Camilla tied the knot in a civil ceremony at Windsor Guildhall, on 9 April 2005. Take a look back at their love story in the video below...

A look back at Prince Charles and Camilla's relationship

Famously, the Queen and her husband Prince Philip were not in attendance; the monarch chose not to go because of her role as head of the Church of England, which discourages divorce.

They did, however, host a reception for the newlyweds at Windsor Castle later that day, showing that they very much approved of the union.

Charles and Camilla pictured on their wedding day in 2005© Photo: Getty Images
Charles and Camilla on their wedding day

While Sunday will be a cause for great celebration for Charles and Camilla, it will also be tinged with sadness.

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Exactly 16 years to the day after their wedding, the King lost his beloved father, Prince Philip.

Philip, who was married to the Queen for 73 years, passed away on 9 April 2021 at the age of 99. the longest-serving royal consort in world history, Philip died peacefully at Windsor Castle. His heartbroken wife was by his side.

King Charles seen laughing with his father Prince Philip© Photo: Getty Images
Charles was left heartbroken by the death of his father

Breaking his silence on his father's death, Charles said the royal family missed him enormously and that Philip would have been amazed at the touching reaction across the world to his death.

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"As you can imagine, my family and I miss my father enormously," said the then-Prince Charles, speaking outside his Highgrove House home in west England.

prince charles and prince philip pictured together at Royal Ascot© Photo: Getty Images
Philip was 99 when he passed away in 2021

"My dear papa was a very special person who I think above all else would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that have been said about him and from that point of view we are, my family, deeply grateful for all that. It will sustain us in this particular loss and at this particularly sad time."

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