Thursday, February 10, 2005

I know this is all over the real news, but it's too good to overlook: Prince Charles is going to marry Camilla Parker-Bowles! Gossip goes mainstream! Huzzah!

From the lead story on CNN.com:

"Britain's Prince Charles is to marry his longtime lover, Camilla Parker Bowles, the royal family has announced.

The wedding will be a civil ceremony in Windsor Castle on April 8, followed by a service of prayer and dedication in St. George's Chapel at which the Archbishop of Canterbury will preside...

On their marriage, Parker Bowles will be given the title of Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall.

When Charles becomes king, Camilla will not be known as Queen Camilla but as the Princess Consort, according to Charles' office...

The Prince of Wales' sons want the couple to be happy, the senior official said...

The announcement, four days before St. Valentine's Day, came as a surprise to many royal observers.

Charles' love life had been the cause of much speculation in Britain since the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, in a Paris car crash in 1997.

Parker Bowles, 58, has been the significant love of Charles' life in recent years but has always faced an uphill struggle to rival his former wife in the public's affection.

Since then, and after several years of carefully choreographed appearances together, Parker Bowles has now been widely accepted as Charles' long-term partner.

She openly shares official rooms with the prince, 56, at his Clarence House residence in London...

CNN's Richard Quest said the 2002 death of the Queen Mother, Charles' grandmother, had apparently removed the major hurdle to his marriage to Parker Bowles..."


Wow. I don't think I realized that they lived together already. And "Priness Consort" has such a slutty ring to it, doesn't it? I guess it's way better than "Queen Tampon," however. God, that was a great story that was, the whole "I wish I was your tampon" conversaton. What an odd man Prince Charles is. If Camilla weren't so countrified and dowdy, their marriage would be a lot more interesting, like everyone's favorite exiles, Wallis Simpson and the Duke of Windsor. Now there was a freakshow worth watching! Still, it will be fun to see the tabloids run amok with this story at the same time the mainstream press does...not to mention the souvenir-makers. Somebody get me a "Princess Consort" t-shirt pronto!

1 comment:

sarah said...

Guess who's going to be in the UK during the big wedding? I can't wait to cash in on the kitschy-souvenir goodness...