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Camilla Parker Bowles: Second to None

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Camilla Parker BowlesCamilla Parker Bowles is the second wife of the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles of Wales. Together with her royal spouse, Parker Bowles, nee Shand, has automatically taken all the titles inherent to her new status, - the Duchess of Cornwall and of Rothesay, and Princess of Wales. The last title is almost never used in reference to Camilla in order to avoid confusion with the title closely identified with the Prince of Wales's first wife, the late Lady Diana. Also, Camilla will never be crowned as the Queen of England, when her husband succeeds Her Majesty Elizabeth II, as this is against the conventional monarchical practices (her reputation as the ultimate "the other woman" of the British Isles will be a major inconvenience, among other factors). However, it has been indicated that when the Prince of Wales accedes to the throne, Camilla will remain styled as Her Royal Highness, with the title of The Princess Consort. This title was introduced in the XVI century by the amorous Henry VIII, and means that Camilla's offspring will not be able to claim the crown, and the next in the line to the English throne is Prince William of Wales.

As it turned out, the ancestors of the royal couple were romantically involved: Alice Keppel (Camilla's great-grandmother) was a mistress of King Edward VII (Charles' great-great-grandfather). Born in 1947, the future Princess of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall learned of this romantic story as a little girl: her parents, Major Bruce Shand (a British Army officer turned wine merchant) and the Honorable Rosalind Cubitt, made sure Camilla early understood the honor of being a royal paramour. Her parents were somehow aware that their daughter's life will in many ways be similar to that of Alice Keppel.

The Shands were a respectable family, and very close to the British court. From a very early age, Camilla Shand socialized with members of Britain's royal circles, attending the fashionable Queens Gate School in South Kensington before leaving for finishing schools in France and Switzerland. Following her education, she worked for a year at the offices of designers Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler. She also became an avid equestrienne and participated in fox hunting.

In due time, Camilla was presented to the court. Though many noted that Camilla Shand was never a dazzling beauty, men were attracted to her like moths to flame, probably, because of the heady combination of the brilliant mind, a sense of humor and the rare ability to be genuinely interested in her company. In addition, Camilla's hobbies were untypically male: she liked swimming, horseback riding, and hockey. The royal cavalry officer Andrew Parker Bowles was among those who could not resist the charms of the feisty Camilla. However, his advances were not returned for some time as Camilla met Charles, Prince of Wales.

The relationship between Camilla and Prince Charles began when they met at a polo match at Windsor Great Park in 1970. Though she became one of the numerous girlfriends of Charles, and he was said to have wanted to marry her, Camilla was seen by royal courtiers as an unsuitable match for the future king. Two years later, in 1972, Charles allegedly did propose to Camilla, but she didn't accept, and married Andrew Parker Bowles. However, their relationship continued, and at Charles's request, Camilla Parker Bowles helped him settle on a suitable wife, Lady Diana Spencer, whom the Prince wed in 1981. After Charles' wedding, their liaison was discontinued only to be resumed in three years.

The affair became public knowledge a decade later, with the publication of Diana: Her True Story, followed by the Camillagate scandal, wherein an intimate telephone conversation between Camilla and Charles was secretly recorded and the transcripts published in the tabloids. With the extra-marital relationship in the open, Diana gave an interview, in which she blamed the relationship between Camilla and the Prince of Wales as the reason for the breakup of her own marriage. Though Camilla kept a low profile at this time, she became unpopular by these revelations to the point that indignant housewives were throwing food at her to show their support of Lady Di.

However, it was confirmed by Charles that the relationship between him and Camilla resumed during their respective marriages. Following this, the Parker Bowleses announced their own divorce in 1995; they had been living apart for some time, and a year later Andrew Parker Bowles married Rosemary Pitman.

Camilla occasionally became Charles's unofficial companion at events. This temporarily ceased at the time of Diana's death, but Camilla and Charles were photographed in public together in 1999. Only in 2000, Camilla was officially presented to Her Majesty the Queen. Over the years, Camilla Parker Bowles' relationship with Prince Charles has gained acceptance from the general public. In 2005, she married Prince Charles on April 9 in a civil ceremony in Windsor.

Since then, the couple has become more public, and Camilla Parker Bowles often assists her husband in fulfilling his duties as prince. She has accompanied her husband on many trips, including on a royal visit to the United States in 2005. She also supports his charitable efforts as well as engages in her own social work. Parker Bowles is the patron of the National Osteoporosis Society and a trustee of the Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust.

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