Monday, July 17, 2017

Royal Profile: 70 Facts about Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall

  1. Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall was born on 17 July 1947 as Camilla Rosemary Shand to Maj. Bruce Shand and The Hon. Rosalind Shand {Source}.
  2.  She has two younger siblings{Source}:
    1. Annabel Shand Elliot (1949)
    2. Mark Shand (1951-2014)
  3.  Mark passed away in 2014 after a fall in NYC {Source}.
  4. Through her siblings, she is a sister-in-law to{Source}:
    1. Clio Goldsmith (Mark, m. 1990-div prior 2010)
    2. Simon Elliot (Annabel, m. 1972)
  5. Through her siblings, she is an aunt to{Source}:
    1. Ben William Elliot (1975)
      1. Mary-Clare Winwood-Elliot (m. 2011)
    2. Alice Elliot-Irwin (1977)
      1. Luke Irwin
    3. Catherine Camilla Elliot (1981)
    4. Ayesha Shand (1995)
  6. She is a great aunt to the following great nephews{Source}:
    1. Otis Irwin (2005)
    2. Arthur Elliot (2012)
    3. Ike Stephen Mark Elliot (2014)
  7. She grew up in East Sussex, England {Source}. 
  8. She attended Dumbrells School and Queen's Gate School {Source}
  9. She attended finishing school in Switzerland {Source}
  10. She also attended the Institut Britannique in Paris {Source}.
  11. In 1973, she marred Andrew Parker-Bowles , with whom she has two children{Source}.
  12.  They divorced in 1995 {Source}.
  13.  Ten years after her divorce, sh married the future King of the United Kingdom in a civil ceremony on 9 April 2005{Source}. 
  14. Both of her children were married in 2005 and 2006 and have five children between them {Source}.
  15. Her two children are:
    1. Mr. Thomas Parker-Bowles (1974)
    2. Mrs. Laura Lopes (1978)
  16. Her children-in-law are:
    1. Mrs. Sara (Buys) Parker-Bowles
    2. Mr. Harry Lopes
  17. She has two granddaughters:
    1. Miss Lola Parker-Bowles (2007)
    2. Miss Eliza Lopes (2008)
  18. She has three grandsons:
    1. Master Freddy Parker-Bowles (2010)
    2. Master Gus Lopes (2009)
    3. Master Louis Lopes (2009)
  19. She is also a stepmother to:
    1. Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge (1982)
    2. Prince Harry of Wales (1984)
  20. She is a stepmother-in-law to:
    1. Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge (1982)
  21. She is a stepgrandmother to:
    1. Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge (2013)
    2. Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge (2015)
  22. When her husband becomes King, it is her intention to be known as HRH The Princess Consort rather than Queen Camilla {Source}.
  23. Her ex-husband, Andrew Parker-Bowles once dated her current sister-in-law, The Princess Royal {Source}
  24. She is the former daughter-in-law of  Derek Henry Parker Bowles and Ann de Trafford {Source}.
  25. She is a former sister-in-law to{Source}:
    1. Simon Humphrey Parker Bowles (1941)
    2. Mary Ann Parker Bowles(1945)
    3. Richard Eustace Parker Bowles (1947-2010)
  26. Through her first husband, she was an aunt to the following nephews{Source}:
    1. Charles Vincent Somerset Paravicini (1968)
    2. Derek Nicolas Somerset Paravicini (1979)
    3. Luke Derek Ian Parker Bowles (1978)
    4. Sam William Francis Parker Bowles (1981)
  27. Her former nieces include{Source}:
    1. Elizabeth Ann Paravicini (1970)
    2. Emma Teresa Parker Bowles (1974)
  28. She shares a birthday with Marina, Consort of Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark (1940).
  29. She shares a birthday with Crown Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia (1945)
  30. She shares a birthday with Bernardo Federico Tomás Guillermo (1977)
  31. She shares a birthday with  Don Felipe Juan de Marichalar y Borbón (1998)
  32. She shares a birthday with  Don Juan Gómez-Acebo y Pascua(2016) (Spain)
  33. She is technically, Camilla, The Princess of Wales, but chooses not to refer to herself as that title out of respect for her stepsons and the strong association it has with their mother.
  34. The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have undertaken 775 engagements together in the UK alone{Source}
  35. The Duchess of Cornwall has undertaken 832 engagements in the UK and overseas since 2005{Source}
  36. The Duchess of Cornwall has made official visits to 45 countries{Source}.
  37. The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have been on 27 official overseas tours together.
  38. The Duchess has taken part in 10 incoming State Visits{Source}
  39. The Duchess of Cornwall is Patron or President of 85 charities{Source}
  40. She  is also Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen {Source}.
  41. The consort of The Prince of Wales is affiliated to 15 other organisations{Source}
  42. The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall are joint Patrons or Presidents four organisations.
  43. The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall share affiliations to 7 other organisations, including{Source}:
    1.  The Bondi Beach Surf Bathers Life Saving Club
  44. The Duchess of Cornwall is affiliated with eight regiments in the UK and the Commonwealth{Source}
  45. The Duchess of Cornwall's official title is{Source}:
    1. Camilla,  The Duchess of Cornwall, Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order The Duchess of Rothesay; The Countess of Chester
  46. She was appointed to be a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) in April 2012 {Source}
  47. The Duchess also has two Foreign Orders{Source}
    1. Order of the Star of Melanesia (Papua New Guinea, 2012) 
    2.  Grand-Croix, Ordre Nationale du Mérite (France, 2014)
  48. She is a keen supporter of the arts, horses/animals,
  49. She is patron of London Chamber Orchestra {Source}
  50. Along with her husband, she is a joint patron of Georgian Theatre Royal {Source}.
  51. She is a patron of{Source}:
    1. British Equestrian Federation
    2. The Brooke
    3. The Lady Joseph Trust 
    4. Ebony Horse Club
  52. She owns two jack Russell terriers{Source}:
    1. Beth
    2. Bluebell
  53. She rescued her puppies from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in London {Source}
  54. She is the daughter-in-law of:
    1. Queen Elizabeth II
    2. Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh
  55. During tours of Egypt and Pakistan in 2006, she visited the Brooke Hospital for Animals{Source}.
  56. Later that year, The Duchess became President of the Brooke which operates worldwide providing free veterinary treatment for horses and donkeys, and advice for their owners on how to care for them{Source}.
  57. In 2007, the consort to The Prince of Wales became Patron of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, the charitable arm of the Kennel {Source}.
  58. She is also Patron of the Animal Care Trust, part of the Royal Veterinary Hospital{Source}.
  59. In October 2010, The Duchess visited Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, where she opened the new cattery, as well as visiting some of the home’s residents{Source}.
  60. In November 2006, The Duchess became Patron of the Langford Trust for Animal Health and Welfare {Source}.
  61. Her father died at the age of 89 in 2010 {Source}
  62. Her mother died at the age of 72 in 1994{Source}
  63. The Duchess is the great-great-great-granddaughter of Sir Allan MacNab, who was prime minister of the Province of Canada before Confederation and the builder of Dundurn Castle in Hamilton{Source}
  64. She is patron of the Dundurn National Historic Site {Source}
  65. To celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, The Duchess of Cornwall created a competition for schools in the UK, ‘Cook for The Queen’, inviting schools to submit menu suggestions which were served at a reception attended by Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace in June 2012 {Source}
  66. She became Colonel-in-Chief of The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada in January 2011 {Source}
  67. The Duchess of Cornwall has been Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Australian Corps of Military Police since 2012{Source}
  68. Both with and without her husband, some of the counties she  has visited include{Source}:
    1. Canada
    2. Papua New Guinea
    3. Australia
    4. New Zealand
    5. India
    6. Sri Lanka
    7. Mexico
    8. Columbia
    9. The United States
  69. In March 2009, with her husband, she visitied Equador and made the first-ever visit to  the Galapagos Islands to learn about the outstanding research being done to protect this unique biosphere which serves as an indicator for wider global environmental trends{Source}
  70. In April 2009, they visited the Vatican and held an audience with The Pope {Source}

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