Camilla Parker Bowles: biography and latest news!

    Camilla Parker Bowles © Agency
    Camilla Parker Bowles © Agency

  • Occupation: Princess of Wales
  • Real name: Camilla, Rosemary Shand
  • Sign: Cancer
  • Date of birth: Thursday 17 July 1947 (age: 73)
  • Country: England

Camilla Rosemary Shand was born on July 17, 1947 in London. Daughter of Rosalind Cubitt and Major Bruce Shand, converted to the wine trade, she has a sister Annabel and a brother Mark (deceased in April 2014). Often presented as a “tomboy” for her love of sport, the little girl grew up in Plumpton, Sussex, and walked several kilometres to school every day. At the age of 10, she entered the prestigious Queen’s Gate in Knightsbridge. At the end of her schooling, she spent several months between Switzerland and Paris in institutions for young girls from good families.

In 1970, she met Charles of England during a polo match in Windsor. The heir to the throne was seduced by the young woman’s cheerful temperament and an idyll soon developed between them. But the Prince of Wales’ entry into the Royal Navy in 1971 forced them to leave. Camilla fell under the spell of a cavalry officer, Andrew Parker-Bowles, and married her on 4 July 1973. She gave birth to two children, Thomas Parker, born on December 18, 1974, and Laura, born on January 1, 1978. Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer in July 1981.

But in 1992, excerpts from intimate telephone conversations between Charles and Camilla appeared in the press. The biographer Andrew Morton publishes a controversial book, Diana: Her True Story, in which he evokes the loneliness of the princess. In December of the same year, an official press release announces the separation of Charles and Diana. Their divorce is pronounced in August 1996. Camilla has been divorced since January 1995. After Diana’s death in 1997, Camilla Parker-Bowles fled the turmoil. She participated for the first time in an official ceremony in the presence of the Queen in 2000. On April 9, 2005, Charles and Camilla were married at Windsor City Hall with their respective sons, William of England and Tom Parker-Bowles, as witnesses.

The Duchess of Cornwall, since her marriage to Prince Charles, has proved to be an asset to the monarchy after years of media tension. Her natural empathy has led her to preside over numerous charitable actions. She is the patron of Emmaus UK, of Barnardo’s association (dedicated to children in great difficulty), and president of the National Society for the fight against osteoporosis. Camilla is particularly sensitive to this cause as the disease took away her grandmother in 1986 and her mother, Rosalind in 1994.

In between her official engagements, Camilla indulges in a variety of passions: horse riding, gardening and long walks in the countryside. She has kept her home, Raymill House, in Wiltshire, where she is a grandmother to Lola, Eliza, Freddy, Louis and Gus.