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An estimated one billion people around the world watched as Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer on July 29, 1981. What was seen as a fairy tale wedding and a romantic storybook marriage generated new public interest in the monarchy. The royal couple had two children, Prince William and Prince Henry (Harry).
Despite their glittering public image, however, the Prince and Princess of Wales separated in 1992 and divorced in 1996, amid lurid press reports about adultery on both sides. Charles' relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles became so unpopular that at one point Camilla was pelted with rolls by fellow shoppers at a supermarket.
Public sympathy for Diana reached a peak in 1997, when she died in a horrific car accident. Although Charles has worked hard to mend his image, there remains considerable support for the throne to pass directly from Queen Elizabeth to Charles' son, Prince William.
Charles, after earning high marks as a caring and dutiful father, has become more popular. Charles and Camilla finally got married on April 9, 2005, in a civil ceremony. She took the title of the Duchess of Cornwall instead of Princess of Wales in consideration of the public's regard for Diana.
After the passing of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, 2022, Charles became the first male English monarch since 1952 and the death of King George VI. Taking the title of King Charles III, the new monarch is set to be officially coronated on May 6, 2023. His wife, Camilla, has now taken the title of Queen Consort of the United Kingdom.
If you are looking for a more in-depth exploration of the life of the new king, check out the deep-dive history of King Charles III of England for more information.