Why this weekend was so special for Prince Charles and Camilla

Prince Charles, Camilla

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, celebrated a happy anniversary this weekend.

Yesterday, Sunday 10th February 2019, marked 14 years since the royal couple announced their engagement to the world, meaning it was likely a very special day for the pair.

On the day they shared their news, the Queen issued a sweet statement, saying, "The Duke of Edinburgh and I are very happy that the Prince of Wales and Mrs Parker Bowles are to marry."

Later on in the evening, a delighted Charles and Camilla celebrated their happy day with a reception at Winsdor Castle, where the bride-to-be happily showed off her new engagement ring.

Her ring is a Windsor family heirloom, which actually belonged to Charles' grandmother, the Queen Mother.

The Prince of Wales and the new Duchess of Cornwall were married just two months later on 9th April 2005, at the Windsor Guildhall just outside the grounds of Windsor Castle.

It was an arguably low-key affair, given that both Camilla and Charles had been married before. In fact, it was not even attended by the Queen or Prince Philip.

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The royal couple did not celebrate the special anniversary publicly over the weekend, but we're sure they took a private moment to remember their engagement in their own time.

Plus, Charles and Camilla may well be holding off on the celebrations until their actual wedding anniversary, on 9th April

Their anniversary is also remarkably close to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's. Prince William and the then-Kate Middleton got married on 29th April 2011, meaning they'll celebrate their eighth wedding anniversary this year.

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In May, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will also be celebrating one year since their Windsor wedding. So it looks as though the royal family will have a lot to celebrate in the coming months!

Amy Hunt

Amy Hunt is an experienced digital journalist specialising in homes, interiors and hobbies. She began her career working as the features assistant at woman&home magazine, before moving over to the digital side of the brand where she eventually became the Lifestyle Editor up until January 2022. Amy won the Digital Journalist of the Year award at the AOP Awards in 2019 for her work on womanandhome.com.