The Duchess of Cornwall is Camilla Parker Bowles, the wife of Prince Charles.
She was born Camilla Rosemary Shand on 17 July 1947 to Major Bruce Shand and Rosalind Cubitt. She has been married three times before marrying Prince Charles in 2005. Her first marriage was to Andrew Parker-Bowle from 1973 until 1979, her second marriage was to Thomas Percy from 1980 until 1982, and her third marriage was to Claude Brown from 1986 until 1995. She met Prince Charles in 1977 at a polo match when he had come out with his then girlfriend Lady Diana Spencer. They were introduced by their mutual friend Lucia Flecha de Lima who encouraged them to meet each other again soon after the meeting took place which they did.
In 2005 she married Prince Charles in a civil ceremony at the Windsor Guildhall which was followed by a religious blessing at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. She did not receive a title from the wedding and continues to be called Camilla Parker-Bowle or just “Camilla”. In 2015, The Queen decided that any titles for future wives of the Prince of Wales would be elevated upon marriage. Camilla was created Duchess of Cornwall after her wedding in November 2005, and Princess Consort in June 2015 when Charles became king.
Camilla worked as an aide to Dame Anne Griffiths at the Savoy Hotel in London during her late teens. Later, she moved on to work for public relations firm Cooper and Lybrand. She was also a decorator at Jelke’s. When she married Andrew Parker-Bowle, she stopped working completely but after their divorce, she began working as a secretary for John Whitney and acted as an adviser to the company of Mark Weinberg. She later started her own business as an advertising consultant but the venture was unsuccessful. She later worked as a volunteer at the National Trust and was one of those responsible for saving many historical buildings and monuments from closure or destruction.