Duchess Camilla Quick Facts – CNN

Father: Major Bruce Shand, retired British Army officer, later vintner.

Mother: Rosalind Cubitt, daughter of the 3rd Baron Ashcombe

Marriages: prince Charles (April 9, 2005–present), Andrew Parker-Bowles (1973–1995, divorced)

Children: with Andrew Parker-Bowles: Laura Rose and Thomas Henry

Other facts

Her full title is HRH Princess Charles, Princess of Wales and Countess of Chester, Duchess of Cornwall, Duchess of Rothesay, Countess Carrick, Baroness Renfrew, Lady of the Isles, Princess of Scotland.

Alice Keppel, mistress of King Edward VII, great-great-grandfather of Prince Charles, is the great-grandmother of Duchess Camilla.

An avid hunter and rider.

Like her husband, the Duchess is a patron of the arts and many charities.


1965- Presented to British society as a debutante.

Early 1970s – Meets Prince Charles at a polo match in Windsor Great Park.

1973- Married to Andrew Parker Bowles.

1980- Accompanies Charles as his official escort during the Zimbabwean Independence Journey.

1981- Charles marries Lady Diana Spencer.

1992- Diana: Her True Story is published, revealing Parker-Bowles’ affair with Charles.

1993- A transcript of an intimate 1989 telephone conversation between Parker-Bowles and Charles has been released.

1994- During a TV documentary, Charles confesses to cheating.

1995- During an interview for the BBC, Princess Diana asked about Camille: “Do you think Mrs. Parker-Bowles was a factor in the breakdown of your marriage?” She replies, “Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a little crowded.”

1996- Charles and Diana are divorcing.

1998- Meets the sons of Charles William as well as Harry, for the first time. Invites Prince William for tea.

1999- He first appears in public when Charles leaves the Ritz Hotel in London after a party.

2000- Officially presented Queen Elizabeth II at a party at Highgrove, Charles’ country estate.
2003- Moves to Clarence House with Charles.

February 10, 2005 – With the Queen’s approval, Charles announces that he will marry Camilla in April. She will be known as Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall.

April 9, 2005 – At a civil ceremony at the Guildhall in Windsor with a blessing at St. St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, Charles and Camilla get married.

November 1-8, 2005 – Together with Charles, she makes her first official visit to the United States as the Duchess of Cornwall.

April 27, 2009 – presented Pope Benedict XVI in Vatican Charles.

December 9, 2010 – Student demonstrators breach security on the streets of London’s West End and attack a 1977 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI, in which the Duchess and her husband are driven to a performance at the London Palladium. The couple avoids any physical harm. Students are protesting against the increase in tuition fees.

April 9, 2012 – Buckingham Palace announces that the Duchess of Cornwall would become a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order. This is the highest personal honor bestowed by Queen Elizabeth II and the announcement was made on Camilla’s seventh wedding anniversary to Charles.
May 8, 2013 – Present at the opening parliament. This is the first time the Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales have attended the opening together.
March 2015 – Visits the United States with Charles. The trip includes a tour of Mount Vernon, a meeting with US President Barack Obama and a festival in Louisville, Kentucky.
February 5, 2022 – Queen Elizabeth II announces in her Affiliation Day Message her “sincere wish” that the Duchess of Cornwall be known as queen consort when Charles became king.