Camilla’s birthday: 10 interesting facts about the Duchess of Cornwall as she turns 74
Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, turns 74 today (Saturday July 17).
Last year a new portrait of the Duchess at Clarence House was released to mark the occasion.
And while she’s not the type to do lavish celebrations, the easing of restrictions means Camilla could decide to mark family day this year, after a busy few months for the cabinet.
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The Duchess, born Camilla Rosemary Shand on July 17, 1947, is 16 months older than her husband, Prince Charles, born in November 1948.
While Charles is known as the Prince of Wales, Camilla is not called Princess of Wales out of respect for the late Princess Diana.
Camilla should be known as the Queen Consort when Charles becomes King, but she should adopt the title of Princess Consort instead, for the same reason.
Camilla is part of the Queen’s circle of seven trusted and is often pictured accompanying her husband on his royal duties.
Here are 10 things you might not know about the future princess consort:
1. His royal title is a bit of a mouthful
She is commonly known as Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. But Camilla’s full royal title is “Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall, Duchess of Rothesay, Countess of Chester, Lady Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Victoria”.
2. She’s a Strictly Big Fan
The royal is a huge fan of the British TV dance show Strictly Come Dancing, and has even visited the show’s set once.
The Duchess sat next to Judge Craig Revel Horwood as she watched McBusted drummer Harry Judd rehearse with partner Aliona Vilani, before giving the pop star a congratulatory score of “nine!”
3. She’s a dog lover
Camilla is the proud owner of two Jack Russell Terriers, Beth and Bluebell, who were included in the family portrait with Prince Charles to mark the couple’s 15th wedding anniversary in April 2020.
They are both rescue dogs, Camilla adopting Beth from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in London in 2011 and Bluebell a year later.
4. Charles is the godfather of Camilla’s son
When Camilla and Andrew Parker Bowles’ first child, Tom, was born, Prince Charles was asked to be his godfather and he agreed.
After Charles married Camilla, he became Tom’s stepfather and godfather (as well as the stepfather of Camilla’s daughter, Laura).
5. His first job was at an interior design company
Camilla had jobs before she was a royal. She first worked as an assistant at a high-end interior design company called Colefax and Fowler. But she didn’t stay there long.
“She worked for us for a while but was fired,” said Imogen Taylor, a former colleague. The Sunday Times.
6. Her engagement ring is an heirloom
When Prince Charles proposed to Camilla, he did so with an Art Deco design, with a five-karat emerald-cut diamond in the center and three diamonds on either side.
The ring belonged to his grandmother, the Queen Mother. In 2005, Clarence House described the ring as a family heirloom.
7. She would have watched The Crown
According to Royal Vanity Fair reporter Katie Nicholl, Camilla has indeed seen The Crown.
A source reportedly said: “She has a wonderful sense of humor and that won’t bother her at all.” She added that Prince Charles had probably seen him too. “I don’t think she has a real problem with that. Her feeling is ‘never complain, never explain.’
8. She is very well educated
It might not come as a surprise to learn that Camilla had an impressive education. She first attended Dumbrells School in Sussex. From there she studied at Queen’s Gate School in South Kensington.
She then attended the Mon Fertile school in Switzerland and then studied at the British Institute in Paris.
9. A rose bears his name
To mark Camilla’s arrival in the royal family, a new rose was named Duchess of Cornwall in 2005.
10. She is “very close” to Kate Middleton
According to HELLO magazine: “As a royal wife herself, Camilla has been supportive of her stepdaughter Kate Middleton and the couple are said to be very close.”
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