Camilla Parker Bowles Timeline
1947 (17th July)
Camilla Parker Bowles was born Camilla rosemary Shand to Major Bruce Shand and Rosalind nee Cubitt in King’s College Hospital, London. The family had two houses one in Plumpton, East Sussex and one in Kensington, London.
1949 (2nd February)
Camilla’s sister, Sonia Annabel was born.
1951 (28th June)
Camilla’s brother, Mark Roland was born.
Camilla began her education at Dumbrells school in the village of Ditchling.
Camilla transferred to Queen’s Gate School, South Kensington.
Camilla left school. She then attended the Mon Fertile finishing school in Tolochenaz, Switzerland for a year.
Camilla studied French at the University of London Institute in Paris.
1965 (25th March)
Camilla Shand was presented to the queen as a debutante
Having moved out of her parents’ home, Camilla lived in a flat in London. She took a variety of jobs in London but her main interests were in outdoor pursuits such as riding, fishing and gardening. She also enjoyed socialising.
Camilla began an on-off relationship with Andrew Parker Bowles, an officer in the Blues and Royals.
Camilla began a relationship with Prince Charles
after the couple met through a mutual acquaintance. Camilla enjoyed watching Charles play Polo.
Prince Charles spent much time overseas serving with the Royal Navy.
The relationship with Prince Charles ended but they remained close friends. There are numerous theories as to why the relationship ended. At the time, it was deemed essential that the heir to the throne marry a virgin so even if the relationship had continued, it is unlikely that permission would have been granted for them to marry.
1973 (4th July)
1974 (18th December)
A son, Tom, was born to Andrew and Camilla Parker Bowles.
1978 (1st January)
A daughter, Laura, was born to Andrew and Camilla Parker Bowles.
Prince Charles turned to Camilla Parker Bowles for support as he dealt with grief over the assassination of Lord Louis Mountbatten. It is believed that they had an affair.
1981 (29th July)
1982 (21st June)
1984 (15th September)
The marriage of Charles and Diana had broken down and Charles rekindled his love with Camilla.
1992 (7th June)
The Sunday Times published the first part of Andrew Morton’s book ‘Diana, Her True Story’. The book revealed details of the relationship between Camilla and Prince Charles.
Details of intimate phone conversations between Camilla and Charles were published in the press and dubbed ‘Camillagate’.
Camilla and Charles faced a huge public backlash following the publications of Andrew Morton’s book and the ‘Camillagate’ tapes.
1994 (14th July)
Camilla’s mother died from osteoporosis.
Andrew and Camilla Parker Bowles decided to divorce..
1995 (3rd March)
The divorce of Andrew and Camilla Parker Bowles was finalised.
1996 (28th August)
The marriage of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer was formally dissolved.
1997 (31st August)
Lady Diana Spencer was killed in a car crash in Paris. Charles flew to Paris with Diana’s sisters to accompany the body back to England. The death of Diana brought a new wave of animosity towards Camilla and Charles.
1999 (29th January)
Camilla Parker Bowles and Prince Charles made their first public appearance together when they attended a birthday party for Camilla’s sister. Charles had hired a public relations manager to help improve their image and gain the acceptance of the general public.
Camilla attended a number of official engagements with Charles.
2002 (3rd June)
The Queen invited Camilla to sit in the royal box during a concert to mark her Golden Jubilee, showing her acceptance of her relationship with Prince Charles.
Camilla moved into Prince Charles’s official home, Clarence House.
2005 (10th February)
The engagement of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles was announced.
2005 (9th April)
Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles at the Guildhall, Windsor. Afterwards the couple had a blessing at St George’s Chapel. The Queen did not attend the marriage because it was a civil ceremony but she and Prince Philip attended the blessing. On her marriage Camilla took the title Duchess of Cornwall.
Camilla attended the Trooping of the Colour and made her first appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
2006 (11th June)
Camilla’s father, Bruce Shand, died aged 89 years.
2006 (17th June)
Camilla and Charles attended a service of Thanksgiving, held at St George’s Chapel Windsor and also at St Paul’s Cathedral, to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s official 80th birthday.
2007 (5th March)
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, had a hysterectomy at the King Edward VII hospital.
2010 (8th April)
While hillwalking in Scotland, Camilla slipped and fractured her left leg. She had to wear a plaster cast for six weeks.
2011 (29th April)
To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip visited England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, Prince Charles and Camilla visited Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea while William and his wife Kate Middleton visited Tuvalu.
2012 (2nd – 5th June)
Celebrations were held throughout the Commonwealth to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee. Despite poor weather thousands turned out to witness the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant where 1,000 boats and barges sailed up the River in procession. A live concert was also held outside Buckingham Palace and Charles made a speech to his mother.
2014 (23rd April)
Camilla’s brother, Mark died from a head injury sustained after a fall.
2016 (9th June)
Queen Elizabeth II appointed Camilla a member of the Privy Council.
2018 (19th May)
Camilla and Prince Charles attended the wedding of Prince Harry
to Meghan Markle
at St George’s Chapel, Windsor. In the absence of her father, Charles escorted Meghan down the aisle.
2019 (late March)
Prince Charles and Camilla made a tour of Cuba.
2020 (8th January)
Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan announced that they would be stepping back from being senior royals. They expressed a wish to divide their time between the UK and north America and will work to become financially independent. They will maintain their current patronages and will set up a new charitable foundation.
It was announced that the Spring tour due to be made by Prince Charles and Camilla was cancelled due to the outbreak of coronavirus.
2021 (9th April)
Charles’s father, Prince Philip died at Windsor.
2021 (17th April)
Camilla and Charles attended the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh who was buried in St George’s Chapel, Windsor.
2022 (1st January)
The Queen appointed Camilla a Royal Lady of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.
2022 (2nd June)
A four-day programme of events to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee began with the Trooping of the Colour. Camilla, Charles, William, Catherine, George
appeared with the Queen on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
2022 (8th September)
Charles became King Charles III after his mother, Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully at Balmoral Castle, Scotland.
2022 (9th September)
Charles made his first public broadcast as King. He paid tribute to his mother and dedicated the rest of his life to the service of the people. He also named his wife, Camilla as Queen Consort and Prince William as Prince of Wales.
2022 (19th September)
Camilla Queen Consort and King Charles III attended the funeral services for Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey and Windsor Castle.