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March 18, 2008 |
Alun Hoddinott, 78, a composer who wrote music for the British royal family and was an influential promoter of modern music in his native Wales, died Wednesday at a hospital in Swansea, Wales, his family said. They did not release the cause of death. Hoddinott composed more than 300 operas, symphonies and songs, including music for Prince Charles' 16th birthday and a fanfare for the prince's marriage to Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005. Born in the Welsh mining town of Bargoed in 1929, Hoddinott took violin lessons at age 4 and won a university scholarship at 16. He studied with Australian composer and pianist Arthur Benjamin and wrote his first major concerto in 1949 while he was still a student.
March 23, 2005 |
Camilla Parker Bowles, who is to marry Prince Charles April 8, does not want the title of queen even if Charles becomes king, his office said. Paddy Harverson, communications secretary for Charles' office, Clarence House, said the government's legal opinion that she would be queen if he became king did not prevent her from choosing a different title. The couple have said she would be known as princess consort.
March 22, 2005 |
She got her man. And if Prince Charles becomes king, she's entitled to the title: Queen Camilla. Camilla Parker Bowles will automatically become Charles' queen unless Britain and 15 other countries change the law, Constitutional Affairs Minister Christopher Leslie said. Announcing his engagement last month, Charles said his future wife would be known by the lesser title of Princess Consort when and if he became king.
February 11, 2005 |
So ends years of tabloid and taxicab speculation. In a surprise announcement, Britain's future king, Prince Charles, declared Thursday that he would marry his live-in lover, Camilla Parker Bowles, in a spring ceremony at Windsor Castle. The divorcee will never become Queen Camilla, nor will she take the title Princess of Wales that was bestowed on Diana, her predecessor.
June 4, 2000 |
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II met the longtime lover of her son Prince Charles at a gathering Saturday in what royal watchers portrayed as a historic encounter. A Buckingham Palace spokesman said the queen and Camilla Parker-Bowles were among 100 guests at a party Charles threw to celebrate the 60th birthday of ex-King Constantine of Greece. British media said it was the first time the queen had met Parker-Bowles since she and Charles, the heir to the throne, made their public debut last year.
September 5, 1997 |
Princess Diana's death casts a shadow over another important relationship in Prince Charles' life--his love for Camilla Parker Bowles. Reviled as "the other woman" in the failed marriage, Parker Bowles now has the most formidable of rivals for public acceptance. Diana's beauty can no longer fade; a memory of kindness had been gilded by an international outpouring of praise.