February 10, 2005

It's official: Prince Charles to remarry

Breaking news:

Prince Charles will marry his long-time companion Camilla Parker Bowles in a private civil ceremony on April 8, the prince's office announced Thursday.

She will use the title Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall after the marriage, since one of Charles' titles is the Duke of Cornwall.

Bowing to public opinion in Britain, Parker Bowles will not be known as Queen Camilla when Charles becomes king. She will be referred to as the Princess Consort.

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The times they are a-changin'. While Charles is technically a widow, Parker-Bowles is divorced. Wasn't it the love of a twice-divorced Wallis Simpson that ended the reign of Edward VIII? Something tells me that Elizabeth II is the last British monarch to be taken seriously as head of state.