Camilla, Queen Consort

Queen consort of the United Kingdom since 2022 / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Camilla (born Camilla Rosemary Shand, later Parker Bowles, 17 July 1947) is Queen Consort of the United Kingdom and the 14 other Commonwealth realms as the wife of King Charles III.[lower-alpha 1] She became queen consort on 8 September 2022 when her husband became king upon the death of his mother, Elizabeth II.[1]

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Camilla in 2018
Queen consort of the United Kingdom
and other Commonwealth realms
Tenure8 September 2022 – present
BornCamilla Rosemary Shand
(1947-07-17) 17 July 1947 (age 75)
King's College Hospital, London, England
HouseWindsor (by marriage)
FatherBruce Shand
MotherRosalind Cubitt

Camilla was raised in East Sussex and South Kensington in England and educated in England, Switzerland, and France. In 1973, she married British Army officer Andrew Parker Bowles; they divorced in 1995. Camilla and Charles were romantically involved periodically both before and during each of their first marriages. Their relationship was highly publicised in the media and attracted worldwide scrutiny.[lower-alpha 2] In 2005, Camilla married Charles in the Windsor Guildhall, which was followed by a televised Anglican blessing at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. From the marriage until her husband's accession in 2022, she was known as the Duchess of Cornwall.

Camilla carries out public engagements representing the monarchy, often alongside her husband. She is also the patron, the 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 campaigned to raise awareness of issues such as rape, sexual abuse, literacy, animal welfare, and poverty.[2]