Camilla, Queen Consort

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Camilla
Camilla aged 70
Camilla in 2018
Queen consort of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms
Tenure8 September 2022 – present
BornCamilla Shand
(1947-07-17) 17 July 1947 (age 75)
King's College Hospital, London, United Kingdom
Spouse
Issue
HouseWindsor (by marriage)
FatherBruce Shand
MotherRosalind Cubitt
Education
Signature
UK-Royal-Signature CamillaR.svg

Camilla (Camilla; née Shand; formerly Parker Bowles; born 17 July 1947) is the wife of King Charles III, and the current Queen Consort of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Commonwealth of Nations since 8 September 2022 following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Early life[change | change source]

She was born Camilla Rosemary Shand in King's College Hospital, London. She grew up in Sussex. She has a sister, Annabel Elliot (born 1949) and had a brother, Mark Shand (1951-2014).

From 1973 to 1995, she was married to Andrew Parker Bowles. They had two children.

Marriage to Prince Charles[change | change source]

Prince Charles, later Charles III, and Camilla married each other on 9 April 2005, and she started to be called Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall. When their engagement was announced, it was also said that she would not be known as The Princess of Wales. This was because Prince Charles' extremely popular first wife, Diana, Princess of Wales, held that title from 1981 until her death in 1997 (Charles and Diana divorced the year prior to her death).[1] The relationship between Camilla and Prince Charles began when they met at a polo match in 1970.[2] Camilla was seen to be an unsuitable match for the future king.[3]

The Duchess took many visits, mostly in Great Britain — often with Prince Charles, but sometimes on her own. She lives at Clarence House, which is a part of St James's Palace in London (very close to Buckingham Palace). She lives there with King Charles and his sons, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

Family[change | change source]

Camilla was married once before, to Andrew Parker Bowles — from 1973 until they divorced in 1995.[4] The couple had a son, Tom and a daughter, Laura. Tom is married to Sara, and they have a daughter, Lola, born in 2007 and a son, Freddy, born in 2010. Laura is married to Harry Lopes, and has a daughter, Eliza, born in 2008 and two sons, Gus and Louis, born in 2009.

Queen Consort[change | change source]

Camilla became Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the other commonwealth realms as consort of Charles III on the 8th September 2022 following the death of her mother in law, Elizabeth II. Despite public opposition to her being called Queen Consort (because of public preference to the late Diana, Princess of Wales) it was announced that she would take the title following the wish of Elizabeth II. Camilla will be crowned as Queen Consort alongside her husband, the King, at their coronation which is set to take place on 6th may 2023.

Titles[change | change source]

  • 1947–1973: Miss Camilla Shand
  • 1973–1995: Mrs Andrew Parker Bowles
  • 1995–2005: Camilla Parker Bowles
  • 2005–2022: Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall
    • in Scotland: Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Rothesay
  • 2022–present: Her Majesty The Queen Consort

References[change | change source]

  1. The Duchess of Cornwall
  2. Jackson, Ben (11 March 2009). "Camilla's clinch for Charles' first love". The Sun. Retrieved 6 August 2012.[permanent dead link]
  3. Edwards, Anne (2001). Ever After: Diana and the Life She Led. St. Martin's Paperbacks. pp. 85-86. ISBN 978-0312978730.
  4. "A Royal Romance Interactive Timeline". CBS News. 18 March 2005. Archived from the original on 12 November 2013. Retrieved 5 March 2012.