Today is the Duchess of Cornwall's 71st birthday, so, naturally, we decided to take a deep dive into her and Prince Charles' history for the ultimate relationship timeline. Ahead, 20 super-nostalgic photos of Charles and Camilla through the years, beginning in the 1970s and ending in 2018.
Prince Charles met a 23-year-old Camilla Shand at a polo match at Windsor Great Park in 1970. “He loved the fact that she smiled with her eyes as well as her mouth, and laughed at the same silly things as he did,” royal biographer Penny Junor recalled in The Duchess: The Untold Story. “In short, he was very taken with her, and after that first meeting he began ringing her up.”
Although the couple split after Charles left to serve in the Royal Navy in 1971, the two remained close friends. Here they are in 1975 at another polo match (giving magnificently '70s vibes).
Towards the end of the decade, the duo were spotted again at a polo match two years before Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer.
Two years after the tragic death of Princess Diana (and three years after the Prince's divorce), Charles and Camilla made their public debut as a couple. Here, the duo are pictured outside of the Ritz Hotel in London, where Charles threw Camilla’s sister a 50th birthday party.
One year into their rekindled relationship, the Queen agreed to attend a lunch alongside Charles and Camilla (a subtle signifier that her majesty approved of the couple).
Here, the couple greet each other with a kiss at the 2001 National Osteoporosis Society anniversary in London.
Later that year, Charles and Camilla are photographed walking to the Ritz Hotel in London to attend a Christmas party together.
In 2002, Charles and Camilla visited Canisbay Church in Scotland. The smiling couple give off major Meghan Markle and Prince Harry vibes.
The duo laughed as they watched a game of tug of war at the 2004 Mey Games in Scotland.
On April 9, 2005, Charles and Camilla were married during a civil ceremony in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. Post ceremony, Camilla officially became Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall.
Okay, cute. The couple—who are known as the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland—coordinated their outfits for an event at Crathie Kirk, the royal family’s regular church in Scotland.
In 2007, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall smiled during the second day of the Royal Ascot Races in England.
Check out those grins! The couple burst into laughter at the 2008 Mey Highland Games in Scotland.
During Camilla and Charles’ official visit to Canada (which was the prince’s 15th time visiting the country, and the Duchess’ first), the couple stopped for a photo op in the historic town of Brigus.
On April 29, 2011, Charles and Camilla attended Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding at Westminster Abbey in London.
The coupled proved to be rather goofy as they posed with masks at a reception for the Elephant Family in London on July 9, 2013.
Camilla giggled as Prince Charles held a tuatara at the Orokonui Ecosanctuary during the couple’s 12-day tour of New Zealand and Australia in 2015.
Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall made a cheery entrance at the Sandringham Flower Show on July 27, 2016.
During their 2017 tour of Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, and India, the couple waved to fans at the Sri Mahamariamman Temple in Kuala Lumpur.
Earlier this month, the couple shared a loving glance during the reopening of the The Strand Hall in Wales.