When Queen Elizabeth II dies, Camilla Parker Bowles will become Queen Consort, and here’s all you need to know about her and Prince Charles’ tumultuous marriage.
Greetings to the future queen!
Camilla Parker Bowles is Prince Charles’ wife, and his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, just declared Camilla to be Queen Consort upon her death. «I know you will offer [Charles] and his wife Camilla the same support you have given me,» she said in a message on Twitter.
«And it is my earnest intention that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her devoted devotion.»
While it is conventional for the future King’s wife to become Queen Consort, there was a dispute as to whether Camilla should be named Princess Consort due to Charles’ first wife Princess Diana’s tragic death.
The Queen has formally ended the dispute by stating that she wishes Camilla to be Queen Consort, as is customary. Here’s all you need to know about Camilla Parker-Bowles, Prince Charles’ wife and future Queen Consort.
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Camilla Parker-Bowles was born on July 17, 1947, into a wealthy household. Her father was the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of East Sussex, and her mother was a member of the aristocracy.
She attended luxury boarding schools all around Europe as a child before landing a position as a receptionist at a Mayfair decorating firm. In 1973, she married Andrew Parker Bowles and had two children with him: Thomas in 1974 and Laura in 1978.
When did Prince Charles and Camilla meet for the first time?
Camila and Prince Charles met at a polo tournament in 1971, shortly before she married Andrew, and they were immediately captivated by each other.
They remained in contact and grew to be good friends. Their friendship became passionate after Camilla’s daughter was born in 1978. Prince Charles proposed to Princess Diana in 1981, and while he claims to have been faithful to her until their marriage fell up, he and Camilla spent a lot of time together.
In 1986, five years after his marriage to Diana ended, the affair reportedly resumed. After their affair was made public in 1994, Prince Charles and Princess Diana divorced in 1996.
The wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla
Despite Queen Elizabeth II’s and nearly everyone else’s displeasure, Prince Charles and Camilla continued their relationship. After Princess Diana’s death in 1997, Prince Charles and Camilla went underground and didn’t appear in public until 1999.
The Queen allegedly dubbed Camilla «that nasty woman» and stated she wanted «nothing to do with her,» according to British journalist Tom Bower’s biography, Rebel Prince: The Power, Passion, and Defiance of Prince Charles.
Regardless, the pair married in a civil ceremony at Windsor on April 9, 2005, and Camilla was given the title of Duchess of Cornwall. By this time, the Queen had arrived and toasted the happy couple, saying, «They have come through and I’m very proud and wish them well,» according to History Extra. My son is safe and sound at home with the woman he adores.»