The Queen 'The Duke of
Edinburgh and I are very happy that the
Prince of Wales and Mrs Parker Bowles are
to marry. We have given them our warmest good
wishes for their future together'
Princes William and Harry 'We are both very
happy for our father and Camilla and we
wish them all the luck in the future'
Tony Blair, Prime Minister 'I am delighted for the
Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles. It's very happy news
and when Cabinet heard it this morning they sent
congratulations and good wishes. We all
wish them every happiness for their future together'
Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury
"I am pleased that Prince Charles and Mrs Camilla
Parker Bowles have decided to take this
important step. I hope and pray that it will
prove a source of comfort and strength to
them and to those who are closest to them'
Winston Churchill, grandson of the wartime prime minister and
a close friend of Prince Charles
'They are clearly very much in love. It must
be the end of a series of nightmare years for
Camilla, every day reading in the papers
about being the mistress this and that. They
are entitled to have their own happiness the
same as everyone else'
Ingrid Seward, editor of Majesty magazine
'The fact that it is happening, and that it is
happening this quickly, is the surprising
element here. Charles has always had a
strong affection for Camilla. He did love Diana
but perhaps in a different way than he loved
Camilla. It wasn't such an enduring love'
Sarah, Duchess of York Charles's former
sister-in-law, who was in the US when the news broke, offered
congratulations to Charles and Camilla. A spokeswoman said:
'She is very happy for them'
Earl Spencer, Princess Diana's brother
Charles's former brother-in-law said
he would make no comment on the
Lord St John of Fawsley, constitutional expert
'I am not a bit surprised by the
announcement, and I approve of it very
much. I would say, "God bless them".
Constitutionally, there is no
reason why the marriage should
not go ahead'
David Starkey, royal historian
'The immediate presumption must
be that she is Princess of Wales.
People may think that the Diana
phenomenon is almost as faded as
her fountain, but there will be
Diana-maniacs who will get cross'
Robert Lacey, royal biographer
'It is pretty clear that people are not
enormously enamoured of
Camilla. People in the future will say
that when you compare her style
with Diana's, it is very different'
Sir Stuart Bell MP, Second Church Estates
'The announcement that Prince Charles
is to marry Camilla is joyous news. We
should all rejoice that a long-standing
love match is to be consecrated in
marriage. I wish the couple a long and
Penny Junor, Charles's biographer
'I think this is the best thing they could have
done. To have moved his mistress into
Clarence House and to have her there, but not
officially there, just did not seem right. If you
look back over the past 20 years, probably all
the problems that have happened to the
monarchy, somewhere Camilla has been
lurking in the background. So the Queen has
been very resistant about this whole
relationship. The marriage will divide opinion
and some people will think it is the end of the
world. But once it has happened, people will
accept it. He's very much in love with her and
she with him. That's just the way it is'