Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall is a member of the British royal family as a result of her marriage to the heir apparent to the British throne, Charles, the Prince of Wales. As the second wife of Prince Charles, Camilla prefers to use the title, Duchess of Cornwall which is her husband’s second appellation rather than using the title, Princess of Wales. She is also best known as the Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland.
Based on her marriage to Prince Charles, Duchess of Cornwall has been conferred with many titles and honors including being a member of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council as she is the first British Princess by marriage to attain such prestigious position. She has also been bestowed with Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order. In addition, she has been appointed as a Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen. For more fascinating facts about Prince Charles’ wife, read on.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall Biography
Duchess of Cornwall was born as Camilla Rosemary Shand into the family of Major Bruce Shand and Rosalind Cubitt on 17th July 1947 at King’s College Hospital, London. She is the eldest child of her parents and has two siblings, a younger brother named Mark Shand who died in 2014 and sister, Annabel Elliot. Her father was a British Army officer before he became a businessman, while her mother was a housekeeper. Camilla was brought up in two different cities in England namely East Sussex and South Kensington.
She moved to Queens Gate, South Kensington at the age of 10 where she attended Queen’s Gate School. Upon her completion of high school, Prince Charles’ wife traveled to Switzerland and there, she furthered her education at the Mon Fertile Finishing School, Tolochenaz.
Soon after that, she enrolled at the University of London Institute situated in France where she studied French Literature for six months. In 1965, Duchess of Cornwall moved to London and began working as a secretary and later as a receptionist of a decorating firm known as Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler.
Facts About Prince Charles’ Wife
1. Duchess of Cornwall’s First Marriage
Camilla got acquainted with her ex-husband Andrew Parker Bowles who was then a British Guard officer, in the 1960s. They later kicked off a relationship which was unstable as they often had an on and off affair. However, they eventually got engaged in 1973 and proceeded to seal the nuptials in what was described as the society wedding of the year on the 4th of July 1973.
Duchess of Cornwall had her first marriage at the age of 25 in a Roman Catholic wedding ceremony. The couple welcomed two children, a son named Tom and a daughter, Laura. After staying married for more than two decades, Camilla’s marriage hit rock bottom as both signed the divorce papers that was finalized in 1995.
2. Her Relationship with Prince Charles
Camilla was reported to have met Prince Charles in 1971. Soon after, the duo started dating as they were often seen together at Polo matches held at Smith’s Lawn in Windsor Great Park. Their relationship, however, met a dead end in 1973, when Charles traveled to join Royal Navy. During that time, Duchess of Cornwall had already been in a romantic affair with Andrew Parker Bowles whom she started dating in the 1960s.
Following the end of her relationship with Prince Charles, Camilla exchanged vows with Andrew and while still married to him, she rekindled her romantic relationship with Prince Charles which was reportedly approved by Andrew who had been involved in numerous extramarital affairs.
Later on, Charles tied the knot with Lady Diana Spencer in 1981 and got separated fifteen years later. Camilla and Prince Charles got together again after his divorce from his ex-wife in 1996. By February 2005, the pair got engaged and solemnized their union two months later.
3. Camilla is an Advocate of Rape and Sexual Abuse Victims
Duchess of Cornwall is quite known for her awareness on ways to help rape and sexual abuse victims overcome their trauma. While serving as their advocate, she launched a center for rape victims in Ealing, West London by collaborating with Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. Similarly, she also launched the Oakwood Place Essex Sexual Assault Referral Centre at Brentwood Community Hospital in Essex.
4. She is the Chairperson of Many Entities
Camilla serves as the chairperson, supporter and a follower of many societies and charitable organizations which includes Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists and Plumpton College Charitable Foundation.
5. Duchess of Cornwall is an Animal Lover
At a young age, Prince Charles’ wife joined Pony Club where she was trained on how to ride a horse and as a result of that, she is a great horse rider. Following her support for animal welfare, Camilla is the Chairperson of Brookie Hospital for Animals and the Patron of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.