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Camilla Parker Bowles' life is full of ups and downs. And it's time to take a look at some photos of the 74-year-old Duchess of Cornwall's most important moments in her life!
This photo shows 4-year-old Camilla and her little sister as flower girls at a wedding. Growing up in a loving family, Camilla seemed to have had an idyllic childhood.
Camilla and Andrew Parker Bowles were married in 1973, and together they had 2 children, Tom and Laura. However, after 22 years of marriage, the couple finally divorced in 1995. It is said that they were separated for a long time before deciding to divorce.
This 1998 photo shows Camilla and her son, Tom, out at an event. It may be hard to believe, but Prince Charles is Tom's godfather and often gives his godson some help and advice.
Camilla Parker Bowles and Prince Charles made their first public appearance in 1999 when this photo was taken. Although they were spotted attending events together, they were not allowed to declare their appearances official until 1999.
In 2001, Camilla was appointed president of the National Osteoporosis Society and attended their event at Somerset House with Prince Charles. The couple embraced and kissed at the event, which was considered an unusual public scene for the royal family.
It wasn't until 2000 that the queen agreed to meet Camilla at the 60th birthday party for Constantine II of Greece. She later invited Camilla to the Golden Jubilee and gave her final seal of approval to the relationship.
In 2005, the couple attended an official dinner engagement and announced the date and place of their wedding. Due to the circumstances, Camilla and Prince Charles decided to marry in a civil ceremony, followed by a religious service to bless their union.
The couple was married in a civil ceremony on April 9, 2005, with Camilla wearing a cream gown designed by Anna Valentine. She has been the Duchess of Cornwall ever since then.
After the wedding, the royal couple went straight to Scotland for their honeymoon. They spent their honeymoon in Birkhall and attended a Sunday church service at Crathie Church in Balmoral. This picture of Camilla holding a beret was taken on the first day of their honeymoon.
At 57, Camilla attended her first Buckingham Palace garden party since marrying Prince Charles. In the picture, the Duchess in a pale green suit and hat was seen smiling happily.
If you're a royal family member, you will get a rose named after you. Camilla received her own pink rose at the BBC Gardeners' World Show in June 2005. With a spicy fragrance, the rose was named "the Rosa Duchess of Cornwall."
Camilla started wearing royal jewelry after her marriage to Prince Charles. In this photo, she is wearing a honeycomb tiara that was handed down to Queen Elizabeth from the Queen Mother.
The royal couple's first trip abroad was to the United States. They spent 8 days visiting New York, Washington DC, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Yet, it might've taken a lot of courage for her to make the trip since she is afraid of flying.
In 2007, Camilla and Prince Charles took a 4 day trip to Turkey and visited places like Mustaffa Kemal Attaturk's tomb. During the journey, Camilla paired her outfits with one of her favorite jewelry pieces, a pearl necklace.
On December 20, 2019, Camilla and Prince Charles released their Christmas card. The inside of the card reads, "Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and New Year."
Named patron of the Royal Academy Friends in 2016, Camilla went on to help launch the RA250 Friends membership scheme a year later. There she gave a moving speech expressing her support for the arts.
Due to the circumstances in 2020, royals couldn't attend many events in person. However, the Duchess of Cornwall still virtually joined children from the Helen Douglas Hospice to decorate the Clarence House Christmas tree on Boxing Day.
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