Camilla Rosemary Shand Parker Bowles: July 17, 1947 in London and educated in London, Switzerland, and France.
How Camilla and Charles Met:
Proposal and Engagement:
After receiving this approval, Charles proposed on bended knee and gave Camilla a royal family heirloom as an engagement ring.
The ring is a platinum, classic design band with a square-cut central diamond and three diamond baguettes on either side. The engagement was announced on 2/10/05.
Wedding Date and Ceremony:
The royal term for a best man is "supporter" and although it is tradition for an heir to the throne to have two supporters, there was not a best man at the wedding ceremony.Saying it was not a snub, the Queen did not attend the civil wedding to help keep the wedding low key.
Wedding Attire:Designer Robinson Valentine was asked to design Camilla's wedding outfit. Philip Treacy was reportedly hired to design her hat.
Anglican Church Concerns:
However, there are those that claimed the royal couple couldn't marry anywhere but at a church under a section of the 1836 Marriage Act.
Previous MarriagesPrince Charles married Diana Spencer at St. Paul's Cathedral on July 29, 1981. They had 3,500 invited guests at their wedding. They were divorced on August 28, 1996. Lady Diana was born on July 1, 1961 in Sandringham, Norfolk, England. She died in a car accident in Paris, France on August 31, 1997.
Camilla married Andrew Parker Bowles in July, 1973. They divorced on March 3, 1995.
- HRH Prince William of Wales born on June 21, 1982. Mother, Diana.
- HRH Prince Henry of Wales (Harry) born on September 15, 1984. Mother, Diana.
Camilla Parker Bowles:
- Tom Parker Bowles was born on December 18, 1974. Father, Andrew. He is the godson of the Prince of Wales. Tom, a food writer, married Sara Buys, a fashion journalist, on September 10, 2005. More on their wedding.
- Laura was born in 1979. Father, Andrew.
Titles:Although originally announced that Camilla would receive the title of Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall and if Charles becomes King, her title is Her Royal Highness Princess Consort and that she would not be Queen, the Constitutional Affairs Minister Christopher Leslie has stated that when the Prince of Wales becomes King, Camilla Parker Bowles would automatically become Queen.
Hobbies & Occupations:Charles: horses, hunting, art, published writer.
Camilla: watercolour painting and hunting.
They share a love of horses.
Miscellaneous:The royal invitation to the wedding was sent to some 800 guests. The guests were asked to not use cell phones or cameras and the couple has asked for no wedding gifts.
Henry VIII was the first divorced man to be king. Charles would be the first king married to a divorcee.
King Edward VIII had to abdicate the throne to marry Mrs. Wallis Simpson.
Camilla Parker Bowles is the great-granddaughter of Alice Keppel who was the royal mistress of Edward VII, the great-great-grandfather of the Prince of Wales.
Other Royal wives Who Were Not Queens:
- Sophia Dorothea of Celle married to George I.
- Caroline of Brunswick married to George IV.
The Queen Mother did not approve of Charles' relationship with Camilla and in 1995 she banned Camilla from the royal residences.
Camilla will not use the official title of Princess of Wales because of the strong feelings many have toward Diana.