Published 7:24 PM EDT Apr 8, 2020
Showing little sign of their recent brush with the coronavirus, Prince Charles and his wife, Duchess Camilla of Cornwall, released a picture of themselves with her two little dogs to celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary on Thursday.
The picture of the Prince of Wales, 71, and his second wife, 72, was posted on the Clarence House Twitter account late Wednesday, and shows them posed on seats in a covered porch, each holding one of her small dogs, Bluebell and Beth.
Both are dressed casually, she in jeans and a sweater, he in a sports jacket without a tie. Both have happy smiles.
The palace said the picture was taken earlier on Wednesday at Birkhall, the prince’s home in Scotland on the royal Balmoral estate that he inherited from his beloved grandmother, the late Queen Mother.
Charles and Camilla have been at Birkhall since early March, where they typically spend at least part of their spring holiday, if they are not traveling.
But Charles announced he had tested positive for the coronavirus and had mild symptoms, forcing the cancellation of a spring tour of Jordan, Cyprus and Bosnia-Herzegovina. He went into self-isolation in one part of the mansion while continuing to work, and came out of isolation on March 30 after seven days, Clarence House said.
Camilla, a former smoker, tested negative but went into self-isolation in another part of the house. She emerged from that on Monday after 14 days, and reunited with her husband.
Last week Charles was still practicing social distancing but appeared virtually to open a new hospital dedicated to serving coronavirus patients. It was the first time a member of the royal family has virtually opened a building.
Charles and Camilla were married on April 9, 2005, in a civil ceremony at the town hall in Windsor outside the gates of Windsor Castle, followed by a blessing ceremony at St. George’s Chapel and a reception for 800 hosted by his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, in the castle.
It was a wedding like no other before that: The future king was divorced from his first wife, Princess Diana, who later died in a Paris car wreck in 1997, and Camilla was divorced from her first husband, Andrew Parker Bowles.
Moreover, Camilla had been Charles’ longtime mistress, the woman Diana blamed for the breakup of her marriage, applying the pejorative label “the Rottweiler.” Charles and Camilla met in the early 1970s, fell in love and stayed in love, even though both went on to marry others.
In the years immediately after Diana’s shocking death, they were the most loathed people in Britain, seen as somehow responsible for the tragedy. They were forced to put their public relationship on hold again for eight more years before public sentiment shifted enough to regard their marriage with indifference if not hostility.
Still, Charles agreed that Camilla would be styled as the Duchess of Cornwall, his secondary title, because public feeling was still too raw about calling to call her the Princess of Wales, which by law is what she is.
The wedding was preceded by weeks of controversy and semi-farcical mishaps. At the last minute it had to be postponed a day so that Charles could fly to Rome to represent the queen at the funeral of Pope John Paul II. Thus, many of the wedding souvenirs bore the original date of April 8, 2005.
In the end, however, the day itself went off without a hitch and with remarkable grace, as the two were sent off on their honeymoon at Birkhall by her two children and his two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, and a warm and funny toast from the queen about her heir and her new daughter-in-law.