Queen Camilla is the eighth Queen Consort in British royal history, since the creation of Great Britain in 1714, and we’re providing you with some quick facts about The Queen!
– The Queen adopted two rescue Jack Russell terriers from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, who are called Beth and Bluebell. They have been featured in Camilla’s edition of Country Life and Beth helped Camilla to unveil a plaque at Battersea’s Old Windsor branch in 2020. Battersea is now one of her patronages.
– The Queen’s parents were Major Bruce Middleton Hope Shand and the Hon Rosalind Maud Shand (whose maiden name was Cubitt). This maternal line makes her the great-granddaughter of Alice Keppel – mistress of Edward VII.
– Camilla has two children from her first marriage to Andrew Parker Bowles: Thomas Parker Bowles (born in 1974) and Laura Lopes (born in 1978).
– Her Majesty holds a number of military appointments including:
– Colonel in Chief of The Rifles (a position previously held by Prince Philip)
– Colonel of the Grenadier Guards (a position previously held by Prince Andrew)
– Colonel in Chief of The Royal Lancers
– Lady Sponsor of HMS Prince of Wales
– Colonel in Chief of The Royal Australian Corps of Military Police.
– One of the key themes of Camilla’s work is raising awareness around domestic violence. Her Majesty revealed it was Diana Parkes, the mother of Joanna Simpson who was killed in 2010 by her estranged husband, was the inspiration for wanting to raise awareness around domestic violence. Camilla has made numerous speeches both in the UK and the global stage, highlighting how we live in ‘global pandemic of violence against women’.
– In 2017, she partnered with Boots to create wash bags for victims of sexual violence, who undergo medical examinations as part of process of pressing charges. The idea was Camilla’s and has been praised helping survivors ‘feel more human’ after their ordeal.
– The Queen’s first ever official solo royal engagement was to Southampton General Hospital on 23rd May 2005, six weeks after she married Prince Charles.
– In her role as Queen however, Camilla’s first solo engagement was a visit to the maternity unit at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, which acts as a key hub for women experiencing domestic abuse. She met independent domestic violence advisors and frontline staff, who respond to domestic violence cases.
– Sticking with firsts, Her Majesty’s first overseas visit was in November 2005, when she travelled to the United States and met President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush at the White House.
– An avid reader, Camilla launched an online reading club called ‘The Reading Room’ in 2020. The platform allowed Camilla to share her favourite novels and encourage all ages to pick up a book. In February 2023, the initiative was relaunched as a charity, called ‘The Queen’s Reading Room’.
– To mark her 75th birthday in 2022, the then-Duchess of Cornwall made her debut in British Vogue. Camilla spoke about life in the public eye, her relationship with her grandchildren and some of the key themes in her royal work. Read the full interview here.
– The Queen’s edition of Country Life, produced to mark her 75th birthday, was the best-selling issue of all time. Her edition focused on championing her countryside champions, her favourite view and her top recipe. The magazine also won Cover of the Year.
– Her Majesty became a Royal Lady of the Order of the Garter in 2022, appointed by Elizabeth II. The Order of the Garter is the most senior British order of chivalry and was founded by by Edward III in 1348, and is a personal gift of the Sovereign.