Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

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HRH Camilla Rosemary, Duchess of Cornwall , GCVO , (born July 17, 1947 in London ; born Camilla Rosemary Shand ; divorced Camilla Parker Bowles ) is a British noblewoman . As the second wife of the British Crown Prince Charles , she has been Crown Princess of the United Kingdom since 2005 .

Camilla in 2005



Camilla Rosemary Shand is the daughter of Major Bruce Middleton Hope Shand , Vice Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex (1917-2006) and Rosalind Maud Cubitt (1921-1994). Her paternal grandparents were the architect Philip Morton Shand (1888–1960) and Edith Marguerite Harrington (1893–1981). Her maternal grandparents were Roland Calvert Cubitt, 3rd Baron Ashcombe (1899–1962) and Sonia Rosmary Keppel (1900–1986). She is also the great-granddaughter of Alice Keppel , a mistress of Edward VII , who in turn is the great-great-grandfather of her husband Prince Charles. In addition, Camilla descends from Charles II of England , from an illegitimate relationship with the Duchess of Portsmouth . Camilla has two siblings, Sonia Annabel Elliot (* 1949) and Mark Roland Shand (1951-2014).


Camilla grew up in The Laines , Plumpton, East Sussex from 1951 . She began her schooling at Dumbrells School in Ditchling, Sussex when she was five and continued at Queen's Gate School in South Kensington when she was ten . She graduated from this school with the O-levels (corresponds to the qualification of lower secondary level). She then attended the Mon Fertile School in Switzerland and the Institut Britannique in Paris . In 1965 she completed her schooling without a high school diploma. In the same year she made her debut in London. She worked for the interior design company Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler for a year . Nothing is known about any further employment.

Relationship with Prince Charles and marriage to Andrew Parker Bowles

Camilla met Prince Charles in 1970 at a polo game. It should have been intense feelings for both of them. Their relationship lasted until 1972. But Camilla had no hope of becoming Charles' wife. In 1972 the prince had to go to sea for a few months. During this time, Camilla became engaged to the cavalry - officer Andrew Parker Bowles (* 1939). The wedding took place on July 4, 1973 according to the Catholic rite. The Catholic Andrew Parker Bowles is the son of Derek Henry Parker Bowles and Ann de Trafford. He is also the paternal great-great-grandson of the 6th Earl of Macclesfield and the maternal grandson of Sir Humphrey de Trafford. His marriage to Andrew Parker Bowles had two children:

  • Thomas "Tom" Henry Charles Parker Bowles (born December 18, 1974 in London ) has been married to Sara G. Buys, the daughter of William and Caroline Buys, since September 10, 2005. He was educated at Eton College and Oxford and works as a journalist and television presenter for cooking programs. Sara Buys is an editor at a fashion magazine. They have a daughter and a son together:
    • Lola Rosalind Parker Bowles (born October 9, 2007 in London)
    • Freddy Parker Bowles (born February 28, 2010 in London)
  • Laura Rose Lopes, née Parker Bowles (born January 1, 1978), has been married to Harry Marcus George Lopes (born October 7, 1977), a former underwear model, since May 6, 2006 . Harry Lopes is the son of the Hon. George Edward Lopes and the Hon. Sarah Violet Astor and the grandson of Massey Henry Edgcumbe Lopes, Baron Roborough and Gavin Astor, 2nd Baron Astor of Hever . Laura attended a Catholic girls' school and then studied history. Most recently she ran an art gallery. The couple have a daughter and two sons:
    • Eliza Lopes (born January 16, 2008 in London)
    • Louis Lopes (born December 30, 2009 in London)
    • Gus Lopes (born December 30, 2009 in London)

The relationship between Charles and Camilla but revived in the mid-1980s, although both were married. In 1989, an intimate conversation between the two was recorded and published in 1993. Diana, Princess of Wales said in a 1995 television interview that they were "threesome". ( Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded. ) (German: " Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded .") After Charles publicly admitted adultery in 1994 , Camilla divorced on March 3, 1995. Her divorced husband Andrew Parker Bowles married Rosemary Pitman in 1996.

In the following years, Camilla withdrew from the public. In 1999, she and Charles were photographed together for the first time in many years, leaving a hotel after a party. From 1999 the couple was often seen together in public. It was first photographed kissing on the sidelines of a charity event in 2001.

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Wedding to Prince Charles

On February 10, 2005, a spokesman for the heir to the throne confirmed that the couple would marry on April 8. In consideration of the funeral of Pope John Paul II , the wedding was postponed for one day at short notice. On April 9, 2005, Camilla Parker Bowles and Prince Charles were civilly married at Windsor City Hall. The wedding was only performed in a civil ceremony, as the Anglican Church of England refused to marry divorced people whose former spouses are still alive. Following the civil wedding, a church blessing was held in St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle . Like the British royal family, Camilla is a member of the Church of England .

Tasks and interests

Official duties

Camilla and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Trooping the Color, June 17, 2012.
Camilla and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Trooping the Color , June 17, 2012.

The Duchess supports Prince Charles in his representative duties. She regularly accompanies him on trips abroad and on state visits. Camilla is the "National since 2001 President osteoporosis -Gesellschaft" ( National Osteoporosis Society ). Fighting this disease is particularly important to her, as her mother and grandmother died as a result of the disease.

She is also the patron of Emmaus , an association for the homeless , and various organizations that care for crime victims and children. Because of her interest in animals, she is a patron of the Animal Care Trust , Brooke Hospital for Animals, and the British Equestrian Federation . She also advocates women's rights. She heads a total of 51 non-profit organizations. Camilla has also served as Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen since 2013 .

personal interests

The duchess is interested in art and culture. Because of this interest, she is a patron of the London Chamber Orchestra, the New Queen's Hall Orchestra and the Tetbury Film Society . She also loves nature and is engaged in fishing , walking , gardening , hunting and horse breeding . She owns several horses and dogs. In addition to her native English, Camilla also speaks French. She owns the Ray Mill House estate in Wiltshire .

Title and coat of arms

Coat of arms of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

Camilla's official title ( Style ) is Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall . In Scotland she is Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Rothesay .

Camilla, who became the second most important woman in the British monarchy with the wedding, uses her husband's titles as a courtesy title . She also bears the title of Princess of Wales , but does not use it as it is still strongly associated with Charles' late wife Diana . She is now officially the first title of Duchess of Cornwall . In Scotland she holds the most senior Scottish title of Duchess of Rothesay .

If her husband ascends to the throne, Camilla automatically becomes the Queen Consort of the United Kingdom. An announcement from 2005, according to which Camilla would carry the title of Princess Consort, has since been removed from the Prince of Wales homepage.

On July 17, 2005, the coat of arms , a union of the coats of arms of her husband as Prince of Wales and her father, Major Bruce Shand, was published.

Orders and decorations

year Country Orders / decorations
2005 CanadaCanada Canada Commemorative Medal for the Centennial of Saskatchewan
2007 United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II
2012 United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO)
2012 United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
2012 Papua New GuineaPapua New Guinea Papua New Guinea Order of the Star of Melanesia
2014 FranceFrance France Grand-Croix, Ordre national du Mérite


  • Charles & Diana: A Royal Love Story. Motion pictures. USA, 1982; with Jo Ross as Camilla Parker Bowles.
  • Between bed and throne. Motion pictures. USA, 1992; with Dixie Seatle as Camilla Parker Bowles.
  • Charles and Diana: Unhappily Ever After. Motion pictures. USA, 1992; with Jane How as Camilla Parker Bowles.
  • Diana: Her True Story. Motion pictures. USAm 1993; with Elizabeth Garvie as Camilla Parker Bowles.
  • Diana - a life for love. Motion pictures. USA, 1996; with Julia St. John as Camilla Parker Bowles.
  • Prince William. Motion pictures. USA, 2002; with Carolyn Pickles as Camilla Parker Bowles.
  • Charles and Camilla - love in the shadow of the crown . Motion pictures. England, 2005; with Olivia Poulet as Camilla Parker Bowles.
  • William & Catherine: A Royal Romance. Motion pictures. USA, 2011; with Jean Smart as Camilla Parker Bowles.


Web links

Commons : Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Ancestry of the Duchess of Cornwall (Retrieved May 9, 2019.)
  2. Official curriculum vitae
  5. Michael Mutz: MÄNNERKÜCHE: Dog royal. In: Focus Online . April 7, 2007, accessed October 14, 2018 .
  9. Charles in happiness . In: Der Spiegel . No. 5 , 1999, p. 126 ( online ).
  10. Charles and Camilla: The first time! In: Spiegel Online . June 27, 2001, Retrieved June 9, 2018 .
  13. Information on the website of the royal family ( Memento from May 22, 2009 in the Internet Archive )
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