For Britain’s heir, the long wait is over – not to take the throne, but to wed his one true love. Prince Charles has announced he will marry Camilla Parker-Bowles, the woman Princess Diana referred to as “the rottweiler” and blamed for the break-up of her marriage. The couple celebrated their engagement at a reception at Windsor Castle. They are planning a civil ceremony on April 8.
Camilla and Charles’s romance dates back more than 30 years, but they kept a low profile after Diana’s death in a Paris car crash in 1997 to avoid alienating public opinion. Now it seems Britain’s establishment has accepted them. The Queen wished the pair well and Prime Minister Tony Blair, who famously dubbed Diana “the People’s Princess” called the announcement “very happy news.” Mindful that some misgivings linger, Charles has ruled out Camilla becoming Queen once he accedes to the throne.