Who is Camilla Parker Bowles? Age, children and marriage to Prince Charles

Who is Camilla Parker Bowles? Age, children and marriage to Prince Charles

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CAMILLA Parker Bowles is the second wife of Prince Charles and the patron of dozens of charities.

But what else do we know about the Duchess of Cornwall and could she become Queen one day?

Camilla Parker Bowles with husband Prince Charles, with the couple marrying in 2005
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Camilla Parker Bowles with husband Prince Charles[/caption]

How old is Camilla Parker Bowles?

Camilla Parker Bowles, 72, was born on July 17, 1947, and grew up in East Sussex.

She married British Army officer Andrew Parker Bowles in 1973, and they had two children together.

The pair eventually divorced in 1995, with Camilla going on to marry Prince Charles.

She has been praised for saving Prince Charles from the depths of unhappiness – and even helping to save the monarchy.

Camilla Parker Bowles turned 70 in July 2017
Camilla turned 70 in July 2017
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When was her wedding to Prince Charles?

Camilla married Charles, the Prince of Wales, in a civil ceremony in 2005.

The couple wed at Windsor Guildhall, with a blessing then televised.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip did not attend the wedding, despite the Queen having consented to the couple’s marriage.

The pair’s wedding marked the first time a Royal Family member wed in a civil ceremony in England.

Prince Charles and Camilla married in 2005
Prince Charles and Camilla married in 2005
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Who are her children?

Camilla is mother to Laura Lopes and Tom Parker Bowles.

Laura is a British art curator who married Harry Lopes in 2006.

The couple went on to have three children together including daughter, Eliza, who was a bridesmaid at Kate and Wills’ wedding in 2011.

Tom Parker Bowles, 42, is a food writer and critic.

The author of a number of cookbooks, he has also presented a number of foodie shows on TV.

He married fashion editor Sara Buys in 2005.

Charles’s sons William and Harry reportedly also adore their step-mother.

But author Christopher Andersen has claimed William and Kate Middleton were nearly “broken up by Camilla”, claims an author.

She is said to have wanted Prince Charles’ eldest son to break up with “pretty but dim” Kate, partly because of her “lowly” roots.

According to a survey of 2,000 people, more than one third think Camilla should only be Princess Consort if Charles takes to the throne
According to a survey of 2,000 people, more than one third think Camilla should only be Princess Consort if Charles takes to the throne


 

Could Camilla be Queen?

Reports have surfaced that suggest Prince Charles wants to have Camilla named as Queen, despite having previously styled her as Princess Consort.

According to precedent, the wives of ruling kings become Queen consorts.

But the final title of Camilla remains uncertain, with it not to be officially confirmed until Charles actually becomes King.

The throne will pass to Prince Charles if the Queen abdicates, retires or dies – and according to reports, abdication could be a real possibility.

Her Majesty is said to have told her inner circle that if she is still on the throne at the age of 95, she will request legislation to grant her eldest son full power to reign while she is alive.

It was recently revealed that half of Brits want Prince William to be the next King, with just a fifth believing it should be his father Charles.

And in a further blow to the Prince of Wales, 36 percent said his wife Camilla should be Princess Consort rather than Queen if he does take the throne.

There have been rumours the Queen may stand down for Prince Charles and request a Regency Act to come into force.

But Buckingham Palace insiders told The Sunday Times earlier in 2018 the Queen has no intention whatsoever of standing down for Charles.


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