July 17, 1947 – Birth of Camilla Rosemary Shand, wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, at King’s College Hospital in London, England
Camilla is the second wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, the heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II. Instead of using the title of Princess of Wales, she uses the title Duchess of Cornwall, which is her husband's secondary designation. In Scotland, she is known as the Duchess of Rothesay.
Camilla was born into a gentry family as the eldest child of Major Bruce Shand and his wife, the Honourable Rosalind Cubitt. Her maternal great-grandmother, Alice Keppel, was a mistress of King Edward VII from 1898 to 1910. In 1973, Camilla married British Army officer Andrew Parker Bowles, with whom she has two children. They divorced in 1995.
Camilla was in a relationship with the Prince of Wales before, during and after their former marriages. The relationship became highly publicised in the media and attracted worldwide scrutiny. In early 2005, Clarence House announced that Camilla and the Prince of Wales were engaged. As the future Supreme Governor of the Church of England, the prospect of Charles marrying a divorcée was seen as controversial, but with the consent of the Queen, the government, and the Church of England, the couple were able to wed. The marriage was to have been on 8 April 2005, and was to take place in a civil ceremony at Windsor Castle, with a subsequent religious blessing at St George's Chapel. In the event of Charles acceding to the throne, Camilla would be entitled to use the style of a queen consort; however, an official statement issued by Clarence House on the day of her marriage to Charles announced that she will be known as the Princess Consort.
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