Birthday: July 17, 1947
Age: 73 Years, 73 Year Old Females
Sun Sign: Cancer
Also Known As: Camilla Rosemary Shand, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Rosemary Shand
Born in: London, England
Famous as: British duchess
Height: 1.73 m
Spouse/Ex-: Charles, Prince of Wales (m. 2005), Andrew Parker Bowles (m. 1973–1995)
father: Bruce Shand
mother: Rosalind Cubitt
children: Laura Lopes, Tom Parker Bowles
City: London, England
Camilla Parker Bowles, also known as the Duchess of Cornwall and the Countess of Chester, is the second wife of Charles, Prince of Wales. She was in a relationship for 25 long years with him before getting married. The controversial relationship between her and Prince Charles brought her in the prying eyes of the media and led to the eventual divorce between Princess Diana and Prince Charles. Her relationship with Prince Charles eventually culminated in a civil marriage, followed by a televisual blessing by the Archbishop of Canterbury. It has, however, been made clear that while Prince Charles will ascend the throne, Camilla will not be styled as queen and as per ancient customs, she will be conferred the title of ‘Princess Consort’. As the public did not initially approve of the liaison, the couple was jeered at and there were a number of speculations. However, she defied all odds and quickly earned the admiration of people. Today, she is revered by the citizens and is an active humanitarian. Camilla is known for being personally discreet and has never, till date, commented on the-then dissolving marriage between Princess Diana and Prince Charles.
Childhood & Early Life
Camilla was born Camilla Rosemary Shand to Rosalind and Major Bruce Shand, a British Army Officer. She grew up in a large country estate with her two siblings in Plumpton and fraternized with royalty from very early on.
At a very young age she learned to ride a pony and also learned how to hunt. She would often accompany her great uncle and her father for excursions.
She attended the famous Queens Gate School in South Kensington before joining finishing schools in Switzerland and the Institut Britannique in Paris.
Camilla worked as a part time secretary in the West End and thereafter worked at a decorating firm for a brief period of time.
During this time, she became a successful equestrienne and participated in fox-hunting.
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In the 1960s, she met her future husband, Andrew Parker Bowles, who was a lieutenant in the Blues and Royals. They courted each other for a couple of years but broke up as Andrew began dating Princess Anne.
Around this time, Camilla and Prince Charles reportedly met at a polo match in the 70s and eventually began dating. But, the relationship ended after Charles travelled overseas to join the Royal Navy and Camilla eventually married Andrew on July 4, 1973. The wedding was attended by over 800 guests and it is speculated that even Prince Charles was invited but could not attend for reasons unknown.
Despite being married, Camilla renewed her romantic relationship with Charles in 1979, but it soon ended after he married Princess Diana in 1981. The affair became public much later with the publication of ‘Diana: Her True Story’ in 1992.
In 1994, Prince Charles spoke about his relationship with her in a television interview and Diana confirmed all speculations when she stated ‘Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded’. This dented Camilla’s public image and the revelation made her largely unpopular.
On March 3, 1995, after 22 years of marriage, Camilla and her husband filed for an ‘amicable’ divorce and there were many speculations as to why the marriage ended. It is believed that the ensuing relationship with Prince Charles was perhaps the reason behind the divorce.
After the sudden and tragic death of Princess Diana in August 1997, Camilla and Charles appeared publicly for the first time in 1999. The following year, her tarnished public image was restored when she was appointed as the President of the National Osteoporosis Society and after she accompanied the Prince of Wales on a number of official engagements. It was around this time she met Queen Elizabeth II, who approved of their relationship after a long time.
Camilla began appearing publicly with the royal family, starting with the Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2002 and during the Queen mother’s funeral. On February 10, 2005, the duo’s engagement was officially announced by Clarence and around this time, the public also approved of their decision to tie the knot.
On April 8, 2005, the couple was to be married but the marriage was delayed by a day as the Prince of Wales was to attend the funeral of Pope John Paul II. The wedding took place the following day with Prince William and Camilla’s son from her first marriage as witnesses. A grand wedding with a televised blessing by the Archbishop of Canterbury soon followed and she earned the title of ‘Duchess of Cornwall’.
On their seventh wedding anniversary, Camilla was appointed to the Royal Victorian Order by Queen Elizabeth II.
In November 2010, the car of Prince Charles and Camilla was attacked by one of the supporters of ‘2010 British student protests’ but the couple were unharmed.
The Duchess was actively involved in the royal duties and accompanied Prince Charles on his official obligations. This included travelling around the world, helping Hurricane Katrina victims, providing relief to the London bombing victims and paying official visits to countries in the Middle East and India.
In 2011, the Duchess and the Prince paid official visits to countries around Europe to discuss investment opportunities. She also travelled with him to commonwealth states. In 2013, she was also present at the State Opening of the Parliament.
Awards & Achievements
She was presented the Commemorative Medal for the Centennial of Saskatchewan in 2005.
She was appointed as the Member of the Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II on October 30, 2007.
She holds the military appointment as Colonel in Chief for The Royal Australian Corps of Military Policy, which was conferred upon her in 2012.
She is a distant relative of Celine Dion, Madonna and Judith Keppel.