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Marriage and family

  • The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall on their wedding day
  • The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall
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  • The Prince of Wales and his family

On 29th July 1981, The Prince of Wales married Lady Diana Spencer in St Paul's Cathedral. She became known as HRH The Princess of Wales.

The Princess was born on 1st July 1961, at Park House on The Queen's estate at Sandringham, Norfolk, and lived there until the death of her grandfather, the 7th Earl, in 1975, when the family moved to the Spencer family seat at Althorp House in Northamptonshire.

Lady Diana's father, then Viscount Althorp and later the eighth Earl Spencer, had been an equerry to both George VI and The Queen. Her maternal grandmother, Ruth, Lady Fermoy, was a close friend and lady in waiting to The Queen Mother.

The Prince and Princess of Wales had two sons, Prince William, born on 21st June 1982, and Prince Harry, born on 15th September 1984.

From the time of their marriage, The Prince and Princess of Wales went on overseas tours and carried out many engagements within Britain together.

On 9th December 1992, Prime Minister John Major announced to the House of Commons that The Prince and Princess of Wales had agreed to separate. The marriage was dissolved on 28th August 1996. Diana, Princess of Wales was still regarded as a member of the Royal Family. She continued to live at Kensington Palace and to carry out her public work for a number of charities.

When The Princess was killed in a car crash in Paris on 31st August 1997, The Prince of Wales flew to Paris with her two sisters to bring her body back to London. The Princess lay in the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace until the night before the funeral.

On the day of the funeral, The Prince of Wales accompanied his two sons - aged 15 and 12 at the time - as they walked behind the coffin from The Mall to Westminster Abbey. With them were The Duke of Edinburgh and The Princess's brother, Earl Spencer.

Their two children, Prince William and Prince Harry, are second and fifth in line of succession to the throne.

Prince William Arthur Philip Louis was born on 21st June 1982 at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, in London. He was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Robert Runcie, at Buckingham Palace.

Prince Henry Charles Albert David (always known as Prince Harry) was born on 15th September 1984 at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington. He was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Robert Runcie, on December 1984 in St George's Chapel, Windsor.

On 10th February 2005, Clarence House announced the marriage of The Prince of Wales and Mrs. Camilla Parker Bowles, the daughter of the late Major Bruce Middleton Hope Shand and the late Hon Rosalind Maud Shand (nee Cubitt).

The wedding was a largely private occasion for family and friends and took place at the Guildhall in Windsor on Saturday 9th April 2005.

It comprised a civil ceremony at the Windsor Guildhall followed by a service of prayer and dedication conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury in St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.~

After the service, Her Majesty The Queen hosted a reception at Windsor Castle for 800 guests. Their Royal Highnesses spent their honeymoon at Birkhall on the Balmoral Estate.

Mrs Parker Bowles became known as HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.  Since their marriage The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have carried out hundreds of engagements together both in the UK and abroad in support of The Queen, their patronage charities or British interests abroad.

It is intended that The Duchess of Cornwall will use the title HRH The Princess Consort when The Prince of Wales accedes to the Throne.

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