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The marriage of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer did not have an auspicious beginning: she laughed when he proposed. (Wally McNamee / Corbis)

Ten Royal Weddings to Remember

For centuries, British monarchs have had their marriages tested by war, infidelity, politics and diplomatic intrigue

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The marriage of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer did not have an auspicious beginning: she laughed when he proposed. By the time of their wedding on July 29, 1981, Charles had already been in a relationship with the married Camillia Parker-Bowles for years. Diana would give birth to two boys—William and Harry—and later devote herself to charitable causes. But the marriage fell apart by the 1990s, and Charles started looking into divorce after the publication of a tell-all book by author and Diana confidante Andrew Morton. In 1992 Charles and Diana formally separated, and they divorced in 1996. Diana died the next year in a Paris car crash. Charles married Camilla in 2005. Despite the soap opera nature of the tragic love triangle, the British public still supports the monarchy. However, in a 2010 poll, 45 percent of respondents thought that Prince William should become the next king instead of Charles.

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