Netflix’s drama The Crown focused on that tumultuous time in its recent season, introducing Camila to some viewers and reminding others of her past.
So what can we expect from Britain’s new queen?
Born Camilla Shand in July 1947, she grew up in the English countryside where she developed her passion for horses.
She reportedly met Prince Charles at a polo match in Windsor in 1970 and they became friends. Married to Parker Bowles. The couple had two children in the 1970s.
Diana admitted to his and her own infidelity the following year in a shocking interview with the BBC, saying, “There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a little crowded.” rice field.
Camilla divorced Andrew Parker Bowles in 1995.Charles and Diana divorced the following year and Camilla disappeared from public view.Sympathy for Diana after she died in a high-speed car crash in Paris in 1997 Pro-Diana and anti-Camilla sentiment was further strengthened by the flood of voices.
In 1999, Clarence House embarked on a program to reintroduce Camilla to the public, making a carefully coordinated first appearance with Charles outside the Ritz Hotel in London. and her name began appearing in official documents.
Six years later, their decades-long love story culminated when they married in Windsor with the consent of the Queen. Camilla, now known as the Duchess of Cornwall, was Charles’ official consort has been confirmed as the future Queen of England.
The Duchess threw herself into life as a senior royal, supporting Charles on official duties in Britain and on tour abroad, but despite a deep fear of flying. Due to its abilities, it quickly became an asset to the royal family and the British government.
Prince Charles told CNN in 2015, “It’s always great to have someone by your side. She’s a huge support. Amazingly, she sees the interesting side of life, and we I laugh a lot. Thank God, it adds a huge amount to the whole thing, if you can imagine.”
Camilla has also defined her own royal role in advocating for causes close to her heart, such as improving child literacy and helping victims of domestic violence. She told CNN during a visit to a women’s shelter that she was able to use her position to highlight the plight of “brave women” who suffered at the hands of their partners. To hear is to believe,” she said.
The Duchess has also worked to raise awareness about osteoporosis, a disease that has affected both her mother and grandmother. Prince Charles told CNN in 2015, “She feels deeply about it. .
“I think she’s done a great job on the whole issue of violence against women, rape and sexual violence. I think what she’s done on that front is very remarkable. And because she’s angry.” , also for all her work related to reading and writing.I think her father loved to read and encouraged her in that way, so she devours all kinds of books.”
“I’m so proud of her and I’m so proud that she’s trying to support me, and that’s great for her,” Charles said.
As Camilla’s family grew, a new passion for her grandchildren developed. “She’s a professional grandmother,” one of her aides told her CNN in 2013.
The moment her husband became king, Camilla automatically became queen. Clarence House released a statement in 2005 that she would instead be known as “The Princess Consort”. Some at the palace at the time felt that Camilla was not ready to win the title that was destined for Diana.
Over the years, however, attitudes toward Camilla softened: A poll conducted by CNN in 2015 found that one in four Britons liked her and wanted her to be known as the Queen. It turns out that the number of people who oppose becoming
Then, in February 2022, the Queen took advantage of a landmark platinum jubilee milestone to celebrate the Duchess of Cornwall as she became known as the Queen.
In a message celebrating the 70th anniversary of her accession to the British throne, she said, “It is my sincerest hope that when the time comes, Lady Camilla will be known as Queen Consort and continue her own faithful service.” increase. ”
In response, a spokesperson for Charles and Camilla said they were “moved and honored by Her Majesty’s words.”
This was a very important intervention from the monarch, the only person who could define a royal title.
Elizabeth’s move to secure the monarchy’s future underscores that Camilla is no longer seen publicly or within the walls of the palace as the royal mistress, but rather as a central figure at the heart of the ‘company’. did.