53 Facts About Camilla Shand


Camilla Shand was raised in East Sussex and South Kensington in England and educated in England, Switzerland, and France.

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In 2005, Camilla Shand married Charles in the Windsor Guildhall, which was followed by a televised Anglican blessing at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle.

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Camilla Shand carries out public engagements representing the monarchy, often alongside her husband.

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Camilla Shand is the patron, the president, or a member of numerous charities and organisations.

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Since 1994, Camilla Shand has campaigned to raise awareness of osteoporosis, which has earned her several honours and awards.

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Camilla Rosemary Shand was born at King's College Hospital, London, on 17 July 1947.

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Camilla Shand grew up in The Laines—an 18th-century country house in Plumpton, East Sussex—and a three-storey house in South Kensington, her family's second home.

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Camilla Shand's parents were British Army officer-turned-businessman Major Bruce Shand and his wife The Hon.

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Camilla Shand has a younger sister, Annabel Elliot, and had a younger brother, Mark Shand.

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On 1 November 1947, Camilla Shand was baptised at St Peter's Church, Firle, East Sussex.

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Camilla Shand's mother Rosalind was a charity worker, who volunteered at the Chailey Heritage Foundation in the 1960s and 1970s located at North Chailey, East Sussex, while her father had various business interests after retiring from the army.

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Camilla Shand grew up with dogs and cats, and, at a young age, learnt how to ride a pony by joining Pony Club camps, going on to win rosettes at community gymkhanas.

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Camilla Shand is often described as having had an "Enid Blyton sort of childhood".

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When she was five, Camilla Shand was sent to Dumbrells, a co-educational school in Ditchling village.

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Camilla Shand left Dumbrells at the age of 10 to attend Queen's Gate School in Queen's Gate, South Kensington.

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Camilla Shand left Queen's Gate with one O-level in 1964; her parents did not make her stay long enough for A-levels.

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On 25 March 1965, Camilla Shand was a debutante in London, one of 311 that year.

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Camilla Shand later moved into a larger flat in Belgravia, which she shared with her landlady Lady Moyra Campbell, the daughter of the Duke of Abercorn, and later with Virginia Carington, daughter of the politician Peter Carington, 6th Baron Carrington.

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Camilla Shand was reportedly fired from the job after "she came in late having been to a dance".

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Camilla Shand became a passionate horse-rider, and frequently attended equestrian activities.

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Camilla Shand had a passion for painting, which eventually led to her private tutoring with an artist, although most of her work "ended up in the bin".

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Sarah Bradford wrote in her 2007 book Diana that a member of the close circle of his great-uncle Lord Mountbatten claimed Mountbatten arranged for Charles to be taken overseas to end the relationship with Camilla Shand, to make way for an engagement between Charles and his granddaughter Amanda Knatchbull.

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Camilla Shand sat in the royal box behind the Queen for one of the concerts at Buckingham Palace.

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The parents of Charles and Camilla Shand did not attend; instead, Camilla Shand's son Tom and Charles's son Prince William acted as witnesses to the union.

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On 14 February 2022, Camilla Shand tested positive for COVID-19, four days after husband had contracted it, and began self-isolating.

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In March 2022 and amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Camilla Shand made a "substantial" donation to the Daily Mails refugee campaign.

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Camilla Shand's first solo engagement as Duchess of Cornwall was a visit to Southampton General Hospital; she attended the Trooping the Colour for the first time in June 2005, making her appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace afterwards.

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Camilla Shand was unable to carry out her engagements on their tour of Eastern Europe after developing a trapped nerve in her back.

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Camilla Shand became queen consort on 8 September 2022 upon her husband's accession as King, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

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On 10 September 2022, Camilla Shand attended the Accession Council where Charles III was formally proclaimed King, where she served as a witness together with her stepson Prince William.

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Camilla Shand is the patron of a non-British body, the P G Wodehouse Society of The Netherlands.

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Camilla Shand is the honorary Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Navy Medical Service.

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Camilla Shand is an honorary member of other patronages and in February 2012, she was elected a bencher of Gray's Inn.

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Camilla Shand is the first female chancellor of the University of Aberdeen and only member of the royal family to hold the post since it was created in 1860.

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In March 2022, as President of the Royal Voluntary Service, Camilla Shand launched the organisation's Platinum Champions Awards to honour 70 volunteers nominated by the public for their efforts in improving lives in their communities.

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In 1994, Camilla Shand became a member of the National Osteoporosis Society after her mother died painfully from the disease that year.

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Camilla Shand became patron of the charity in 1997 and was appointed president in 2001 in a highly publicised event, accompanied by the Prince of Wales.

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In 2006, Camilla Shand launched the Big Bone walk campaign, leading 90 children and people with osteoporosis for a 10-mile walk and climb around Loch Muick at the Balmoral Estate in Scotland to raise money for the charity.

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Camilla Shand continues to attend conferences around the world, and meets with health experts to further discuss the disease.

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Camilla Shand is patron of the Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust, which provides home security for victims of crime and domestic abuse, and of SafeLives, a charity that campaigns against domestic abuse and violence.

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Camilla Shand is the patron of the National Literacy Trust and other literacy charities.

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Camilla Shand has been patron of the Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition since 2014.

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Since 2015, Camilla Shand has been involved with 500 Words, a competition launched by BBC Radio 2 for children to write and share their stories and was announced as the competition's honorary judge in 2018.

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Since 2019 Camilla Shand has supported Gyles Brandreth's initiative Poetry Together, which aims to bring younger and older generations together through poetry recitation.

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Camilla Shand is the patron of Emmaus UK, and in 2013 during her solo trip to Paris, she went to see the work done by the charity in that city.

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Camilla Shand topped Richard Blackwell's list of "Ten Worst-Dressed Women" in 1994, and her name appeared on it again in 1995,2001 and 2006.

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In 2022, Camilla Shand took part in her first magazine shoot for British Vogue, appearing in the July 2022 issue.

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Legally, Camilla Shand was Princess of Wales but adopted the feminine form of her husband's highest-ranking subsidiary title, Duke of Cornwall, because the title Princess of Wales became strongly associated with its previous holder, Diana.

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Buckingham Palace has stated that whether Camilla Shand will eventually be known as "Her Majesty The Queen", as queens consort traditionally are, is "a question for the future".

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Camilla Shand is a Royal Lady of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, recipient of the Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II and a member of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom.

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Camilla Shand has Dutch, Scottish, Colonial American, French and French–Canadian ancestors.

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Camilla Shand is descended from Dutch emigrant Arnold Joost van Keppel, who was created Earl of Albemarle by King William III of England in 1696, through her maternal great-great-grandfather William Keppel, 7th Earl of Albemarle.

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Camilla Shand is descended from several American Loyalists through Sophia, such as Ephraim Jones, born in Massachusetts in 1750, who fought with the British during the American Revolution, was captured at the Battle of Saratoga, and later settled in Upper Canada.

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