See how the royal romance has progressed

The relationship between Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles has fascinated the public for many years.

Our gallery charts their sometimes controversial love story in pictures, from the beginning of their friendship in the 1970s right through to their marriage in 2005 and beyond.

Charles and Camilla meet in the 1970s through being part of the same social circles. They soon become close friends and eventually start dating. It’s thought that their relationship ends in 1973 when Charles joins the Royal Navy.

In the same year Camilla marries Andrew Parker Bowles, who she has dated on and off for several years. They have a son, Tom, in 1974 followed by a daughter, Laura, in 1978. It’s clear that Camilla is still close to Charles as he becomes Tom’s godfather.

Despite her marriage, Camilla Parker Bowles continues to be linked to Prince Charles and it’s speculated that they begin an affair in 1980.

Charles ties the knot himself in 1981. The prince weds Diana Spencer in a spectacular wedding held at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral, which is estimated to be watched by 750 million people across the globe.

Diana and Charles become parents to sons Prince William and Prince Harry within the years that follow, but their marriage appears to come under strain due to continued rumours about Charles and Camilla.

In 1992 Charles and Diana separate, and Charles is forced to confirm the following year that he had an affair with Camilla during the marriage when an intimate phone conversation between them is shared in the press.

Camilla splits from husband Andrew in 1995, whilst Charles and Diana’s divorce is finalised in 1996. Tragically Diana is killed in a car accident the following year.

It’s not until 1999 that Charles and Camilla make their first public appearance as a couple. Camilla starts to step out with Charles more and more frequently in the early 2000s.

In February 2005 the couple announce that they’re engaged and they marry just two months later.

Camilla becomes an established presence in the royal family following the marriage and she and Charles go on several official tours together over the years.

Read on to find out more about Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles‘ love story…