Charles got down on one knee for Camilla

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Camilla Parker Bowles said on Thursday that Prince Charles, Britain’s heir to the throne, had knelt down to propose marriage to her.

Asked whether the prince had got down on one knee, Parker Bowles replied with a wide grin: “Of course. What else?

“I’m just coming down to earth,” Parker Bowles told reporters as she appeared with Charles at Windsor Castle.

The couple are to wed at Windsor Castle on April 8.

Meanwhile 65 per cent of Britons approve of Charles’ decision to marry his long-time lover, but when it comes to Britain’s next king, many people would prefer Charles’ oldest son in that role, not the prince, a survey said.

The survey said that 65 per cent of the respondents approve of the marriage, far higher than in previous polls. Twenty-four per cent said they shouldn’t marry, and 11 per cent had no opinion.

However, when asked who should succeed Queen Elizabeth II when she steps down or dies, 41 per cent chose Prince William, and 37 per cent preferred Prince Charles. Nineteen per cent said Britain should have no monarch after the queen, and three per cent said they didn’t know.

Published on February 12, 2005

Agencies

WINDSOR CASTLE, England

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