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Charles and Camilla Get Married

April 9, 2005

WINDSOR, England (AP) _ Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles were married Saturday in a modest civil ceremony at the 17th century Guildhall, and the second marriage for each was blessed by the Church of England as the royals knelt before Archbishop of Canterbury in a majestic ceremony in the soaring, gothic St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

The wedding capped a decades-long love affair that lasted through the prince’s first marriage to Princess Diana.

The couple emerged from Guildhall arm-in-arm to the cheers of onlookers and a jazz band playing, ``Congratulations.″ They waved to the cheering crowd, but there was no public kiss or embrace.

Parker Bowles now takes on Diana’s previous status as Princess of Wales, although she plans to defer to public sentiment by avoiding the title and will instead be known as the Duchess of Cornwall.

When Charles takes the throne, Parker Bowles legally will be queen, but she wishes to be known as Princess Consort _ a bow to opinion polls that show 70 percent of the population opposed to Queen Camilla.

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