A Timeline of the Most Romantic and Scandalous Royal Engagements

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's love story is definitely one for the books.

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Prince Harry to his girlfriend, in London earlier this month, Kensington Palace confirmed. They follow in a long line of romantic engagements — here's a complete timeline:

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1 Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip
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Engaged: July 10, 1947; , Scotland

Married: November 20, 1947; Westminster Abbey

Married nearly 70 years at this point, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip have not only , but they've also established quite the precedent for other members of the royal family.

The couple and Prince Philip, the penniless nephew of Lord Louis Mountbatten, was 18.

, presenting Elizabeth with a three-carat round diamond ring set in platinum with several smaller diamonds surrounding the main stone. The ring was that belonged to Prince Philip's mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg.

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2 Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones
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Engaged: February 26, 1960; Windsor Castle

Married: May 6, 1960; Westminster Abbey

Princess Margaret, the Queen's younger sister, accepted the proposal of then-photographer in February 1960. Though Princess Margaret had with a divorced man named Peter Townsend, she chose not to marry him out of fear that she would have to give up her position in the royal family.

Once she learned that Townsend had proposed to a younger woman, the 29-year-old princess decided to marry Armstrong-Jones, who later became the Earl of Snowden, and they wed at Westminster Abbey in the . The couple's marriage lasted nearly two decades until they divorced in 1978. They had two children together, Lady Sarah Chatto, and David Armstrong-Jones, the 2nd Earl of Snowdon.

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3 Princess Anne and Mark Phillips
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Engaged: May 29, 1973
Married: November 14, 1973; Westminster Abbey

Princess Anne, the Queen's only daughter, first . While little is known about the details of their engagement, the pair were married in 1973 at Westminster Abbey in a wedding that was around the world.

Princess Anne and Phillips would later have two children, Peter and Zara. Following years of a reportedly strained relationship, the couple divorced on April 23, 1992. Princess Anne , a commander in the Royal Navy, at the Church of Scotland in December of 1992.

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4 Prince Charles and Princess Diana
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Engaged: February 24, 1981; Windsor Castle

Married: July 29, 1981; St. Paul's Cathedral

Twenty-year-old Diana Spencer from Sandringham, Norfolk, quickly became one of the most talked-about women in the world when Prince Charles proposed to her in February of 1981. The couple first met when the prince, then 29, was dating , Lady Sarah. “I introduced them, I’m cupid,” of her sister's royal romance, of which she seemed to approve.

Diana apparently made a good impression on Charles's family (and considered his proposal for a week), and then the couple officially . Charles and Diana married in July 1981 with worldwide. Princess Diana wore an antique lace dress with a 25-foot train,and her featured a 12-carat oval sapphire surrounded by 14 diamonds all set in white gold.

But the fairytale was not to last. After having two sons together, Prince William and Prince Harry, Charles and Diana .

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5 Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson
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Engaged: February 19, 1986; Scotland Floors Castle

Married: July 24, 1986; Westminster Abbey

Though Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson had , the couple didn't begin their romantic relationship until 1985. On his 26th birthday, , where they had previously shared their first kiss. He later presented her with a custom-made (to complement her red hair) and 10 drop-diamonds.

Their wedding ceremony was around the world, but as with previous royal unions, this wasn't a harbinger of marital success. The Duke and Duchess of York decided to separate ten years later in 1996. Today, the couple shares custody of their two daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, and maintains a friendly relationship.

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6 Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones
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Engaged: January 6, 1999; Bahamas

Married: June 19, 1999; St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle

Prince Edward, Queen Elizabeth II's youngest son, started dating Sophie Rhys-Jones after meeting the public relations manager .

The couple maintained a quiet romance until 1999, when Prince Edward popped the question during a holiday on Windermere Island in the Bahamas. He proposed with a white gold ring set with a two-carat oval diamond and two heart-shaped gemstones.

Hoping to keep their wedding small and relatively private, . The Earl and Countess of Wessex now have two children, Louise and James, and have been together for 18 years.

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7 Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles
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Engaged: February 10, 2005

Married: April 9, 2005; St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle


Years after his , Prince Charles married his longtime love Camilla Parker Bowles. The pair had first met in 1971 and quickly became close friends, and eventually a couple. Though Charles and Camilla broke up in 1973, it's rumored that they started to see each other again in 1980, and and Camilla's marriage to Andrew Parker Bowles.

Though —and Diana's subsequent death—took a great toll on Camilla's public image, the couple received overall support when they announced their engagement in February of 2005. The Prince married Camilla later that year, making her Duchess of Cornwall and stepmother to Prince William and Prince Harry.

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8 Prince William and Kate Middleton
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Engaged: November 16, 2010; Kenya

Married: April 29, 2011; Westminster Abbey

The oldest son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, Prince William is , after his father. Prince William met Catherine "Kate" Middleton during their undergraduate years .

After eight years of dating (which earned Kate the dreadful nickname "Waity Katie"), the prince finally proposed to Middleton while they were . William chose the timing and location very carefully, as Kenya has long been to visit. The prince asked for Kate's hand using his late mother's sapphire-and-diamond as a way of making sure Princess Diana shared in the special moment.

Having been married for six years now, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge now have two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, and .

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9 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
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The youngest son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana has been in a for over a year. Kensington Palace Harry proposed in London in November, and the couple will marry in spring 2018. So, we can officially speculate about what .

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