CAMILLA, now known as Queen Camilla, is the wife of King Charles III.
From her life before meeting Charles to their royal wedding – here's everything you need to know.
How old is Queen Camilla?
Camilla Rosemary Shand, was born on July 17, 1947, at King’s College Hospital, London.
She is the daughter of Major Bruce Middleton Hope Shand and the Hon Rosalind Maud Shand (nee Cubitt).
As a child, Camilla grew up in East Sussex before marrying British Army officer, Andrew Parker Bowles in 1973.
Camilla welcomed two children in her previous marriage, before the pair eventually divorced in 1995.
When was her wedding to Charles?
Camilla married Charles, who was then the Prince of Wales, in a civil ceremony in 2005.
The couple wed at Windsor Guildhall, followed by a Church of England Service of Prayer and Dedication at St George's Chapel.
The late Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip did not attend the wedding, despite the Queen having consented to the couple's marriage.
However, they did attend the service afterwards and also held a reception for the couple at Windsor Castle.
The pair's wedding marked the first time a Royal Family member wed in a civil ceremony in England.
And Camilla did not wear white on her big day, instead she wore an embellished blue-gold dress coat by Robinson Valentine.
Who are her children?
Camilla is the mother of Laura Lopes and Tom Parker Bowles.
Thomas Henry Charles Parker Bowles, born December 18, 1974, in London, is the eldest child of Camilla and Andrew.
He is a British food writer, food critic and author of seven cookbooks.
He shares two children from a previous marriage to associate editor of Harpers & Queen magazine and senior editor of British Town & Country magazine, Sara Buys.
Uniquely, King Charles is both Tom's stepfather and godfather.
Laura, born on January 1, 1978, is a British art curator.
She is the second child of of Camilla and Andrew – and the stepdaughter of King Charles III.
She is married to chartered accountant Harry Marcus George Lopes, after the pair wed in May 2006.
The couple went on to have three children together including daughter, Eliza, who was a bridesmaid at Kate Middleton and Prince William's wedding in 2011.
Neither of Camilla's children have any royal titles or duties.
Although they are part of the royal family through marriage, as they are not blood they will not be representing the Crown and are not in the line of succession.
What is a Queen Consort?
The title of Queen Consort is given to the wife of a ruling king.
Queen Consorts can become queen dowagers or queen mothers following the death of the King.
They can also be given the title of Queen Regent if the heir to the throne is too young to be crowned.
Camilla became Queen Consort following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
However, in April 2023, Buckingham Palace confirmed that Camilla will be known as Queen following the coronation of King Charles.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, a senior royal aide said: “It made sense to refer to her Majesty as The Queen Consort in the early months of His Majesty’s reign, to distinguish from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
“Queen Camilla is the appropriate title to set against King Charles on the invitation.
"The Coronation is an appropriate time to start using ‘Queen Camilla’ in an official capacity. All former Queen consorts have been known as Queen plus their first name.”
Royal roles and titles explained
- Who is and who is and isn't prince or princess in the British Royal Family?
- What is a royal patronage?
- What is a baroness?
- What is an OBE and what does it stand for?
- What is the Order of the Garter?
- Who are the working royals in the British Royal Family?
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