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The Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker Bowles, is one of the most recognizable women in the royal family and will soon be the Queen consort. Although she has been in the spotlight for many decades, there are many things that we don't know about the future Queen—here is everything you need to know about the Duchess of Cornwall.
Camilla Parker Bowles' young life
Duchess Camilla was born Camilla Rosemary Shand on July 17, 1947, in Kings College Hospital, London. Camilla's parents, Bruce Shand and Rosalind Cubitt, raised Camilla and her younger siblings Annabel and Mark in East Sussex and South Kensington, and Camilla was educated in England, Switzerland, and France.
Although Camilla's family was certainly upper-class and ran in similar circles to royalty, there are very few public photos of Camilla as a child as she was not regarded as a celebrity until she was much older.
However, an unearthed photograph of a wedding from 1952, shows Camilla aged four, and her sister Annabel, aged three, as bridesmaids at the wedding of Jeremy Cubitt and Diana du Cane at St Mark's church.
Camilla Parker Bowles and Prince Charles
Prince Charles and Camilla reportedly met in 1971 when they were both in their early 20s. At the time it was alleged that Camilla had ended her relationship with Andrew Parker Bowles, who then began to date the Princess Royal, Princess Anne.
Although Camilla would go on to reconcile with Andrew and marry him in 1973, it was thought that she and Prince Charles would continue their relationship for many years after this.
It was thought that Charles would have married Camilla in the 70s but it was alleged that the royal family separated the two as Prince Charles' wife needed to be a 'virgin.'
Camilla Parker Bowles wedding to Andrew Parker Bowles
Camilla married her first husband Andrew Parker Bowles in 1973. The couple met in the 1960s through Andrew's younger brother Simon. The couple had an on-again-off-again relationship but were finally married in 1973 and had two children together.
Their wedding was attended by many of the high society, including the Queen, the Queen mother, Princess Margaret, and Andrew's ex, Princess Anne.
After 21 years of marriage, the two ended their relationship in 1994 on the grounds that they had been living separately for many years before their divorce. Their divorce was finalized in 1995, and just a year later Andrew married his second wife Rosemary Pitman, who sadly passed from cancer in 2010.
Although some might imagine there were hard feelings between Andrew and Camilla, Andrew and his wife Rosemary both attended the wedding of Charles and Camilla in 2005. Princess Anne and Camilla also both attended Rosemary's funeral in 2010.
Camilla and Prince Charles' wedding
In 2005, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla were married at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. After the wedding, Camilla became formally known as the Duchess of Cornwall and her position as the future Queen consort was cemented.
Charles and Camilla's wedding was met with extreme excitement from the press, and many fans were delighted to see the couple finally tie the knot. Despite the excitement, reportedly, Duchess Camilla could not get ‘out of bed’ on her wedding day as she suffered from terrible nerves and was stressed about the magnitude of the day. Despite concerns, everything went off without a hitch and the royal couple has been happily married for 17 years.
Camilla Parker Bowles' children
Camilla and her ex-husband Andrew share a son and a daughter. Their eldest child is their son Tom who is 47 and was born on December 18, 1974. Their daughter Laura Lopes (née Parker Bowles) is 43 and was born in 1978.
Both of Camilla's children chose creative career paths, Laura is an English art curator and Tom is a food writer and critic. Both Tom and Laura have children, making Camilla a very proud grandmother of five.
Tom and his ex-wife Sara have two children named Lola and Frederick. Laura and her husband Harry have three children named Guy, Louis, and Eliza.
Camilla Parker Bowles in The Crown
In the Netflix series The Crown, Duchess Camilla is portrayed by the actress Emerald Fennell. Emerald Fennell is a fabulous actress and director and is best known for her 2020 smash hit, Promising Young Woman.
A fictionalized version of the Duchess' life is portrayed in The Crown season 3 and season 4, where her early life and relationship with Prince Charles are explored.
The Netflix series also suggests that at one point, Princess Diana and Duchess Camilla were close enough to share lunches as the Duchess tried to assist the newlywed in adjusting to royal life.
Although this can't be confirmed there are a few images of a young Camilla and Diana at events together which could suggest a friendship. That being said, there are also rumors that Camilla sent Princess Diana a 'Mean Girls' style note before her wedding to Charles, so it is unclear if the two were ever really close enough to be called pals.
Laura is a news writer for woman&home who primarily covers entertainment and celebrity news. Laura dabbles in lifestyle, royal, beauty, and fashion news, and loves to cover anything and everything to do with television and film. She is also passionate about feminism and equality and loves writing about gender issues and feminist literature.
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