Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Charles to Wed

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Charles to Wed

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THE BEST man's speech at a traditional English wedding often includes a joke about how long it has taken the groom to tie the knot. In the case of the heir to the throne and Camilla Parker Bowles, it has taken around 34 years. That they have finally decided to wed may still offend those who condemn them both for continuing their affair, on and off, while the Prince of Wales was married to Lady Diana Spencer, who famously remarked that there were three of them in the marriage.

But enough time has now passed that it seems only fair to draw a line under that sad history, set the questions of blame aside, and for the two who remain to be allowed a fresh start. Of course, the Prince and Mrs Parker Bowles, herself now divorced, renewed their relationship after the tragic death of Princess Diana. But Camilla has had to lead an ill-defined life in which there are restrictions on her ability to join the Prince on his travels and official engagements. It is to be hoped that he will be better able to carry out his official role once she has the formal status of being his wife rather than a companion only semi-recognised by the protocols that govern royal appearances. …

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