Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall’s birthday: How old is she and when did she marry Prince Charles?

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Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, celebrates her birthday today. (Getty Images)
Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, celebrates her birthday today. (Getty Images)

Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, celebrates her birthday today.

The wife of heir apparent Charles, the Prince of Wales, Camilla will become Queen Consort should Charles succeed to the throne.

She has been a part of the royal family and in the public eye for years—but on her birthday, find out everything you need to know about Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.

How old is Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall?

The Duchess of Cornwall turns 75 years old today, as she was born on July 17, 1947.

Who is Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall?

The Duchess of Cornwall was born Camilla Rosemary Shand, to parents Major Bruce Middleton Hope Shand and The Hon Rosalind Maud Shand (nee Cubitt).

Camilla has a sister named Annabel Elliot, and she had a brother, Mark Shand, who died in 2014.

She attended Dumbrells School, a co-ed school in Sussex, and before attending Queen’s Gate School in South Kensington. Camilla also studied abroad, at Mon Fertile School in Switzerland and studied at the Institut Britannique in Paris.

The Charles and Camilla Story

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Who was Camilla married to and does she have children?

In 1973, she married Andrew Parker Bowles, a retired British Army officer.

Together, they had two children: Tom Parker Bowles, food writer and food critic, born in 1974, and Laura Lopes, an art curator born in 1978. Camilla and Andrew divorced in 1995.

Tom has spoken about how Camilla cooked for the family when he was growing up, saying: “My father was often away with the army, or in London, but mum did a lot of the cooking. She never liked cakes, not baking. Meat. Fish. That’s what she did.”

The Duchess of Cornwall has five grandchildren, not including the Prince of Wales’ grandchildren, to which she is their step-grandmother.

Camilla’s son, Tom, has two children: Lola, born in 2007, and Frederick, born in 2010, and Tom has previously described Camilla as being “brilliant” with his daughter.

Camilla’s daughter, Laura, has three children: Eliza, born in 2008, and twins Gus and Louis, born in 2009.

When did Camilla and Charles marry?

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Camilla married Charles, the Prince of Wales, at the Guildhall in Windsor on April 9, 2005, in a civil ceremony.

The wedding had to be a civil ceremony because both the bride and groom had previously been divorced, and Charles became the first member of the Royal Family to marry without a religious service.

They then had a Service of Prayer and Dedication in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, over which the Archbishop of Canterbury presided. The Queen then hosted a reception for the couple at the Castle.

Will Camilla become the queen?

When Charles succeeds the throne, Camilla will become Queen Consort, which is the title given to the wife of the king. She will be crowned and anointed alongside Prince Charles and will be referred to as Queen Camilla.

Queen Elizabeth herself has openly supported Camilla becoming Queen Consort.

At her Platinum Jubilee, the Queen said: “I remain eternally grateful for, and humbled by, the loyalty and affection that you continue to give me.

“And when, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes King, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you have given me; and it is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service.”

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