Happy Birthday to HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. The Duchess turns 75 on July 17th. A special photo, by Chris Jackson, has been released to mark her birthday.
HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, Duchess of Rothesay and Duchess of Edinburgh, Countess of Chester, High Steward of Scotland and Lady of the Isles.
HRH The Duchess of Cornwall LG, GCVO, CSM, PC (born Camilla Rosemary Shand, later Parker Bowles, July 17, 1947) is a member of the British royal family. She is married to Charles, Prince of Wales, heir apparent to the British throne, and should he succeed, Camilla would automatically become Queen Consort.
Camilla was brought up in East Sussex and South Kensington in England, and was educated in England, Switzerland, and France. In 1973, she married British Army officer Andrew Parker Bowles, with whom she has two children.
They divorced in 1995. Camilla was periodically romantically involved with Charles both before and during each of their first marriages. Their relationship became highly publicised in the media and attracted worldwide scrutiny.
HRH The Prince of Wales, Duke of Edinburgh, Duke of Cornwall, Earl of Chester, Duke of Rothesay, High Steward of Scotland and Lord of the Isles.
In 2005, Camilla married The Prince of Wales in the Windsor Guildhall, which was followed by a televised Anglican blessing at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
As the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla carries out public engagements, often alongside her husband. She is also a patron, president, or a member of numerous charities and organisations.
Since 1994, Camilla has campaigned to raise awareness of osteoporosis, which has earned her several honours and awards. She has also raised awareness of issues such as rape, sexual abuse, literacy, animal welfare, and poverty.
Legally, Camilla is Princess of Wales but has adopted the feminine form of her husband’s highest-ranking subsidiary title, Duke of Cornwall, because the title Princess of Wales became strongly associated with its previous holder, Diana. In 2021, her husband became Duke of Edinburgh upon the death of his father, making her the Duchess of Edinburgh.
If Charles becomes king, the Duchess would legally and automatically become queen consort, in accordance with English common law. Clarence House stated on the occasion of their wedding in 2005 that she would adopt the style of princess consort instead of that of a queen, but there is no legal or historical precedent for such a title.
In 2018, Clarence House removed the statement regarding Camilla’s proposed style from its official website.
In 2020, however, Clarence House confirmed that plans for Camilla to adopt the style of princess consort remained unchanged.
In her 2022 Accession Day message, published to mark the 70th anniversary of her reign, Elizabeth II stated that it was her “sincere wish” for Camilla to be known as Queen Consort upon Charles’s accession to the throne.