King Charles succeeded to the British throne after the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8 at Balmoral Castle. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, became Queen Consort of the United Kingdom after Charles was crowned king.
Camilla has been very successful financially and socially since her marriage to King Charles in 2005. Learn more about the new Queen Consort’s fortune by reading on.
|Date of Birth:
|Jul 17, 1947 (75 years old)
|5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Originally named Camilla Rosemary Shand, Camilla Parker Bowles was born in London on July 17, 1947. She was raised alongside her younger siblings, Annabel and Mark, by their parents, Major Bruce Shand and Rosalind.
Camilla’s paternal grandfather was Roland Cubitt, 3rd Baron Ashcombe, and her father was a businessman and former British Army officer.
Parker Bowles learned to ride a pony at Pony Club camps when she was a kid, and she went on to win awards at local gymkhanas. Having a “perfect in every way” childhood is how she describes her own upbringing.
Camilla received her education at Dumbbells School, Queen’s Gate School, and the Swiss boarding school Mon Fertile. She enrolled in the University of London Institute in Paris and spent the next six months learning French and reading French literature.
In 1965, when Parker Bowles made her London debut, she worked as a secretary for a few different companies before landing a job as a receptionist at the Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler design firm.
Camilla began dating lieutenant Andrew Parker Bowles, a member of the Guards and the Blues and Royals, in the late 1960s. They became engaged in 1973 and were married on July 4 of that year at the Guards Chapel in Wellington Barracks in London.
The Roman Catholic ceremony, which included 800 guests including Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, and Princess Anne, was widely regarded as the “society wedding of the year.” On December 18, 1974, Camilla and Andrew welcomed son Tom, and on January 1, 1978, they welcomed daughter Laura.
Camilla refused to convert to Andrew’s Roman Catholicism, but the couple’s children were brought up as Catholics. Camilla and Andrew separated and eventually divorced in December 1994.
It was rumored that Camilla and Charles met in 1971 after Camilla and Andrew had broken up and Charles was dating Andrew’s sister. They started out as friends and eventually developed romantic feelings for one another, but their relationship was put on hold when Charles enlisted in the Royal Navy in early 1973, and it ended abruptly not long after.
After Camilla’s marriage to Andrew in 1980, reports claim that the former flames reignited, but Charles soon after wed Lady Diana Spencer.
Camilla and Prince Charles were involved in a scandal known as “Camillagate” in 1993 after a transcript of a secretly recorded phone call were published in the tabloids.
After Camilla and Charles divorced, Charles declared that his relationship with Camilla was “non-negotiable,” despite the widespread criticism of Camilla in the press.
Camilla’s public profile has been enhanced since Charles hired Mark Bolland to manage it, and she has frequently accompanied Charles to official events since the year 2000.
She was invited to the 2002 Golden Jubilee by Queen Elizabeth II, and in 2001 she became president of the National Osteoporosis Society (her mother and paternal grandmother had both died from osteoporosis). After some time, Camilla moved into Charles’ home, Clarence House, and the couple announced their engagement in February 2005.
They tied the knot on April 9, 2005, at Windsor Guildhall, and celebrated at Windsor Castle. They fulfilled public obligations in Scotland while on their honeymoon. The couple, Camilla and Charles, were both found to have COVID-19 in February 2022.
Fashion and Style
Richard Blackwell’s “Ten Worst-Dressed Women” list included Camilla four times: in 1994, 1995, 2001, and 2006.
Camilla has experimented with different looks and clothing lines from famous designers since she became a wife.
She is said to favor “round necklines” and “tones of nude, white, and navy,” as well as “signature tea and shirt dress styles.”
Her lines of jewelry have also garnered critical acclaim. The British fashion magazine Tatler included her on its 2018 list of the best-dressed people in the country, praising her “millinery-giving” hat choices.
Her first magazine shoot was for the July 2022 issue of British Vogue, where Camilla made her debut.
The shoot took place in her own closet at Clarence House.
What Is the Net Worth of Camilla?
The Queen Consort’s wealth is said to be $5 million. Camilla’s mother’s wealthy parents left her a total of $663,000 in their will. She had a “wonderful in every aspect” upbringing on a Sussex estate that her family owned, which was recently valued at $2 million.
Despite her privileged background, Camilla decided to enter the workforce and took a job as a receptionist at Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler. Nobody knows what kind of income she was bringing in at the time.
Camilla’s fortune increased dramatically after her marriage to King Charles. Since neither party had a prenuptial agreement, she is legally entitled to half of the King’s personal estate.
Camilla Has Made Investments in Several Properties
Like her husband, the King, the Queen Consort has made a number of real estate investments. These estates bring in millions of dollars annually, it seems. The couple has a home in Cornwall, and they also own 135,000 acres of land in southern England.
As a result of her marriage to Charles, Camilla is now second in the British pecking order. She has three ladies-in-waiting, including Amanda MacManus, who acts as her assistant private secretary and devoted friend.
In 2007, the Queen Consort presided over the naming ceremonies of the MS Queen Victoria and the HMS Astute. In 2009, she and Prince Charles were on an Italian tour and stopped by the Vatican to see Pope Benedict XVI.
Military Positions Were Honored For The Queen Consort
In 2006, 2007, and 2012, Camilla accepted prestigious military appointments in their honor. She was made the head of the Canadian Queen’s Own Rifles in 2011, and the head of the Australian Royal Australian Corps of Military Police in 2012.
She has also been honored with the titles of Lady Sponsor of HMS Prince of Wales (2017), Royal Colonel of the 4th Battalion of The Rifles (2007), Honorary Air Commodore of RAF Halton (2008), Honorary Air Commodore of RAF Leeming (2008), Commodore-in-Chief of the Naval Chaplaincy Service (2009), and Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles (2020).
In addition to the Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, Camilla was also awarded the Diamond Jubilee Medal for Queen Elizabeth II and the Saskatchewan Centennial Commemorative Medal.
- 7 June 2005: Commemorative Medal for the Centennial of Saskatchewan
- 30 October 2007: Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II
- 9 April 2012: Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO)
- 3 November 2012: Companion of the Order of the Star of Melanesia (CSM)
- 3 November 2012: Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (Papua New Guinean version)
- 1 January 2022: Royal Lady of the Noblest Order of the Garter (LG)
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