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Queen Camilla's Life in Photos

Take a look back at the long and winding path to Queen Camilla.

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During the Platinum Jubilee, Queen Elizabeth made her wishes known: she wanted her daughter-in-law Camilla to have the title of Queen Consort when her son Charles became King. "And when, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes King, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you have given me; and it is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service," the Queen wrote. (Read the Queen's full message here.)

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth on September 8, Camilla officially took on the title of Queen Consort, with confirmation coming in the official announcement of Elizabeth II's death. "The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon," it read. "The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow."

As her husband continues his reign—and their relationship is chronicled in season 5 of The Crown, take a look back at Camilla's life in photos.

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January 1952

Wee Bridesmaids
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A 4-year-old Camilla (left) was a bridesmaid in a wedding at St. Marks Church in London.

July 1973

Parker-Bowles Marriage
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After a long on-again, off-again relationship, Camilla got engaged to Army cavalry officer Andrew Parker-Bowles in 1973. (It was during one of those "off" periods that Camilla first dated Prince Charles.)

July 1973

Parker-Bowles Marriage
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The newlyweds passed through the Guard of Honor after the ceremony.

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Circa 1975

Prince Charles at Polo
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Camilla chatted with Prince Charles` at a polo match. Even after her wedding to Parker-Bowles, she and the Prince of Wales remained good friends.

October 1979

Clarence House Announce Prince Charles And Camilla To Marry
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Prince Charles and Camilla were seen walking together with their friend Lady Sara Keswick before Charles began dating Lady Diana Spencer.

October 1979

Charles And Camilla In 1979 - Special Fee Applies
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Here's another photograph of the pair from that same day.

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October 1980

Diana & Camilla At Ludlow Races
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Camilla and Lady Diana were seen together at the Ludlow Horse Races, where Prince Charles was competing.

October 1980

Camilla Parker-Bowles and Diana at Ludlow racecourse
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The women chatted along the fence while they watched the steeplechase competition that Charles was a part of.

June 1992

Queen's Cup
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Andrew and Camilla Parker-Bowles attended the Queen's Cup polo match at Windsor. The couple would have two children together, Laura and Tom, before announcing their divorce in January of 1995.

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November 1996

Camiila Parker Bowles
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Camilla looked regal in her deep red cape and emerald choker after a party at the Ritz in London.

November 1997

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She rode horseback while hunting with the Duke of Beaufort in Badminton.

January 1999

Camilla And Charles Ritz
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Prince Charles threw a 50th birthday party for Camilla's sister at the Ritz. Charles and Camilla arrived at the party separate, but left together.

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April 1999

Camilla And Prince Charles
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Now publicly dating, Charles and Camilla went to the Lyric Theatre to see the play "Animal Crackers" by the Marx brothers.

November 1999

BEAUFORT Hunt/Camilla
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Camilla sipped on a cocktail before going on the Beaufort Hunt, a fox hunting event in Gloucester.

March 2002

Camilla and Charles after church
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Camilla, tulips in hand, and then-boyfriend Prince Charles walked back to Sandringham after church.

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July 2002

Camilla And Elton John
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Camilla posed with pop star Elton John at a fundraiser for a charity event in Somerset.

July 2002

Camilla Sandringham
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The future Duchess of Cornwall looked elegant out at the Sandringham Flower Show.

July 2003

Camilla Parker Bowles - Sandringham Flowers
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A local resident kissed a smiling Camilla's hand at the Sandringham Flower Show.

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August 2003

The Prince Of Wales & Camilla Parker Bowles At The Mey Highland Games
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Camilla and Prince Charles seemed to be having a great time watching the Mey Highland Games in Scotland.

October 2003

Fashion Rocks Show
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Camilla and designer Donatella Versace stood arm-in-arm at the Fashion Rocks concert and benefit.

From: Town & Country US


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